Felonies are the most serious criminal offenses in Oregon. The distinguishing features of felony crimes from misdemeanor crimes is that– upon conviction for a felony– you could face prison time, formal probation, and fines substantially greater than in a violation or misdemeanor case. By definition, crimes punishable by over one year in prison (even if you end up serving less) are classified as felonies. There are also many collateral consequences of a felony conviction such as the loss of the right to possess firearms, difficulty in finding future employment, and often a driver’s license suspension or revocation. There is a stigma attached to convicted felons that is very tough to overcome in personal and professional circles. The consequences of a felony conviction can be very serious and long-term because many felonies are not eligible for expungement, and some have long waiting periods before expungement.
Personal felonies in Oregon include crimes of violence and injury– or potential injury– to other people.
- Sexual Abuse
Property felonies in Oregon consist of crimes that don’t involve people as victims.
- Criminal Mischief (aka Vandalism)
- Drug crimes
Felony Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are facing felony charges, you should consult with a criminal defense attorney immediately. In some cases, a criminal defense attorney may be able to convince the police or the Deputy District Attorney pursuing the case to charge it as a misdemeanor instead. In other cases, a criminal defense attorney may be able to negotiate that a felony be reduced to a misdemeanor before the plea, or allow for earned misdemeanor treatment after completing some affirmative requirements such as probation, community work service, drug or alcohol treatment, and payment of restitution.