Oregon Felony Reduction Law Statutes §§ 161.705 And 161.585

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Full Oregon Revised Statutes Sections 161.705 and 161.585

161.705. Reduction of certain felonies to misdemeanors

(1) Notwithstanding ORS 161.525, the court may enter judgment of conviction for a Class A misdemeanor and make disposition accordingly when:

(a)

(A) A person is convicted of any Class C felony; or

(B) A person convicted of a Class C felony, of possession or delivery of marijuana or a marijuana item as defined in ORS 475B.015 constituting a Class B felony, of possession of a controlled substance constituting a Class B felony or of a Class A felony pursuant to ORS 166.720, has successfully completed a sentence of probation; and

(b) The court, considering the nature and circumstances of the crime and the history and character of the defendant, believes that a felony conviction would be unduly harsh.

(2) The entry of judgment of conviction for a Class A misdemeanor under this section may be made:

(a) At the time of conviction, for offenses described in subsection (1)(a)(A) of this section; or

(b) At any time after the sentence of probation has been completed, for offenses described in subsection (1)(a)(B) of this section.

Effective April 13, 2018

161.585. Classification of certain crimes determined by punishment

(1) When a crime punishable as a felony is also punishable by imprisonment for a maximum term of one year or by a fine, the crime shall be classed as a misdemeanor if the court imposes a punishment other than imprisonment under ORS 137.124 (1).

(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of ORS 161.525, upon conviction of a crime punishable as described in subsection (1) of this section, the crime is a felony for all purposes until one of the following events occurs, after which occurrence the crime is a misdemeanor for all purposes:

(a) Without imposing a sentence of probation, the court imposes a sentence of imprisonment other than to the legal and physical custody of the Department of Corrections.

(b) Without imposing a sentence of probation, the court imposes a fine.

(c) Upon revocation of probation, the court imposes a sentence of imprisonment other than to the legal and physical custody of the Department of Corrections.

(d) Upon revocation of probation, the court imposes a fine.

(e) The court declares the offense to be a misdemeanor, either at the time of imposing a sentence of probation, upon suspension of imposition of a part of a sentence, or on application of defendant or the parole and probation officer of the defendant thereafter.

(f) The court imposes a sentence of probation on the defendant without imposition of any other sentence upon conviction and defendant is thereafter discharged without any other sentence.

(g) Without imposing a sentence of probation and without imposing any other sentence, the court declares the offense to be a misdemeanor and discharges the defendant.

(3) The provisions of this section shall apply only to persons convicted of a felony committed prior to November 1, 1989.

1971 c.743 § 73; 1987 c.320 § 85; 1989 c.790 § 52; 1993 c.14 § 18; 2005 c.264 § 15.

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