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Felonies

A felony charge is a quite serious matter. A felony conviction can lead to time in prison, huge fines, and disadvantages in achieving future endeavors. It is vitally important to have an attorney that cares about your particular situation and is willing to go the distance to protect your rights and your freedom. It's also important that your lawyer understands your charges and the criminal code, and is able explain the charges as well as any available statutory defenses. At Case and Dusterhoff, we do all that we can to limit your exposure and protect you from the power of the state. The following excerpts from the Oregon Revised Statues provide statutory information about felonies.

ORS 161.525 "Felony" described: Except as provided in ORS 161.585 and 161.705, a crime is a felony if it is so designated in any statute of this state or if a person convicted under a statute of this state may be sentenced to a maximum term of imprisonment of more than one year.

61.535 Classification of felonies. (1) Felonies are classified for the purpose of sentence into the following categories:

•a. Class A felonies;

•b. Class B felonies;

•c. Class C felonies; and

•d. Unclassified felonies.

161.605 Maximum prison terms for felonies. The maximum term of an indeterminate sentence of imprisonment for a felony is as follows:

•1. For a Class A felony, 20 years.

•2. For a Class B felony, 10 years.

•3. For a Class C felony, 5 years.

•4. For an unclassified felony as provided in the statute defining the crime.

161.625 Fines for felonies. (1) A sentence to pay a fine for a felony shall be a sentence to pay an amount, fixed by the court, not exceeding:

•a. $500,000 for murder or aggravated murder.

•b. $375,000 for a Class A felony.

•c. $250,000 for a Class B felony.

•d. $125,000 for a Class C felony.

161.625 Fines for felonies. (2) A sentence to pay a fine for an unclassified felony shall be a sentence to pay an amount, fixed by the court, as provided in the statute defining the crime.

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