Oregon Statutes - Chapter 161 - General Provisions - Section 161.568 - Misdemeanor treated as violation; courtís election.

(1) Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, a court may elect to treat any misdemeanor as a Class A violation for the purpose of entering a default judgment under ORS 153.102 if:

(a) A complaint or information has been filed with the court for the misdemeanor;

(b) The defendant has failed to make an appearance in the proceedings required by the court or by law; and

(c) The court has given notice to the district attorney for the county and the district attorney has informed the court that the district attorney does not object to treating the misdemeanor as a Class A violation.

(2) If the court treats a misdemeanor as a Class A violation under this section, the court shall amend the accusatory instrument to reflect the charged offense as a Class A violation and clearly denominate the offense as a Class A violation in the judgment entered in the matter.

(3) Notwithstanding ORS 153.018, if the court treats a misdemeanor as a Class A violation under this section, the maximum fine that the court may impose under a default judgment entered pursuant to ORS 153.102 is the maximum fine for the class of misdemeanor receiving violation treatment.

(4) A court may not treat misdemeanors created under ORS 811.540 or 813.010 as violations under the provisions of this section.

(5) Notwithstanding ORS 137.290 (1)(d), the unitary assessment imposed upon conviction of a violation under this section is the amount provided in ORS 137.290 for the misdemeanor receiving violation treatment. [1999 c.1051 §48; 2003 c.737 §90]

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