Oregon Statutes - Chapter 136 - Criminal Trials - Section 136.040 - When presence of defendant is necessary.

(1) If the charge is for a misdemeanor, the trial may be had in the absence of the defendant if the defendant appears by counsel; but if it is for a felony, the defendant shall appear in person.

(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1) of this section, if the charge is for a misdemeanor, the trial may be had in the absence of the defendant and defendantís counsel if the misdemeanor is treated as a violation under ORS 161.566 or 161.568. [Amended by 1973 c.836 §225; 1993 c.533 §3; 1999 c.1051 §123]

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