Oregon Statutes - Chapter 166 - Offenses Against Public Order; Firearms and Other Weapons; Racketeering - Section 166.155 - Intimidation in the second degree.

(1) A person commits the crime of intimidation in the second degree if the person:

(a) Tampers or interferes with property, having no right to do so nor reasonable ground to believe that the person has such right, with the intent to cause substantial inconvenience to another because of the personís perception of the otherís race, color, religion, national origin or sexual orientation;

(b) Intentionally subjects another to offensive physical contact because of the personís perception of the otherís race, color, religion, national origin or sexual orientation; or

(c) Intentionally, because of the personís perception of race, color, religion, national origin or sexual orientation of another or of a member of the otherís family, subjects such other person to alarm by threatening:

(A) To inflict serious physical injury upon or to commit a felony affecting such other person, or a member of the personís family; or

(B) To cause substantial damage to the property of the other person or of a member of the other personís family.

(2) Intimidation in the second degree is a Class A misdemeanor.

(3) For purposes of this section:

(a) ďPropertyĒ means any tangible personal property or real property.

(b) ďSexual orientationĒ means heterosexuality, homosexuality or bisexuality. [1981 c.785 §1; 1983 c.521 §1; 1989 c.1029 §1]

Note: The amendments to 166.155 by section 18, chapter 100, Oregon Laws 2007, are the subject of a referendum petition that may be filed with the Secretary of State not later than September 26, 2007. If the referendum petition is filed with the required number of signatures of electors, chapter 100, Oregon Laws 2007, will be submitted to the people for their approval or rejection at the regular general election held on November 4, 2008. If approved by the people at the general election, chapter 100, Oregon Laws 2007, takes effect December 4, 2008. If the referendum petition is not filed with the Secretary of State or does not contain the required number of signatures of electors, the amendments to 166.155 by section 18, chapter 100, Oregon Laws 2007, take effect January 1, 2008. 166.155, as amended by section 18, chapter 100, Oregon Laws 2007, is set forth for the userís convenience.

166.155. (1) A person commits the crime of intimidation in the second degree if the person:

(a) Tampers or interferes with property, having no right to do so nor reasonable ground to believe that the person has such right, with the intent to cause substantial inconvenience to another because of the personís perception of the otherís race, color, religion, sexual orientation or national origin;

(b) Intentionally subjects another to offensive physical contact because of the personís perception of the otherís race, color, religion, sexual orientation or national origin; or

(c) Intentionally, because of the personís perception of race, color, religion, sexual orientation or national origin of another or of a member of the otherís family, subjects the other person to alarm by threatening:

(A) To inflict serious physical injury upon or to commit a felony affecting the other person, or a member of the personís family; or

(B) To cause substantial damage to the property of the other person or of a member of the other personís family.

(2) Intimidation in the second degree is a Class A misdemeanor.

(3) For purposes of this section, ďpropertyĒ means any tangible personal property or real property.

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