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A new distracted driving law takes effect Sunday in Washington. The law, a first of its kind, aims to cut down on distracted driving. The law named the Electronics DUI Act authorizes law enforcement to issue tickets for driving under the influence of electronics, but there are stark differences between an E-DUI and a DUI....
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A new report released this week found deaths caused by driving while under the influence of drugs surpassed those deaths caused by driving while under the influence of alcohol in 2015. The report entitled “Drug-Impaired Driving” found that positive drug tests were more common than the presence of alcohol in fatally injured drivers. According to the...
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Computers surround us in every aspect of our lives and are even embedded in many items that we use everyday. They are everywhere. The term “computer crimes” is a very broad term and can refer to many different actions taken by an individual. In Oregon, anyone who knowingly accesses or attempts to access or use...
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In the recent politically-charged climate of the last few months, many states, including Oregon have seen an uptick in hate crimes, although the overall incidences remain relatively low. It is important to know what a hate crime is and just as importantly, what it is not. First of all, it is important to note the...
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If you are considered a predatory sex offender, you must keep your registry up-to-date with the state of Oregon or risk additional charges. All level 3 sex offenders, sexually violent dangerous offenders, most offenders designated as predatory as well as those found guilty of first degree sexual assaults including rape, sodomy, unlawful sexual penetration, kidnapping...
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While many types of harassment have always been illegal, ever-changing technology has created more avenues for harassment. One of the newer and more fluid areas of law deal with all types of internet harassment. Cyberstalking is using Internet, email or an electronic communication to stalk another person. This charge usually references a pattern of threatening...
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If you have been convicted of a crime, you may eventually look into seeing if you can get your record expunged. This can carry many benefits, including helping you get your rights back. Whether or not this is an option for you will depend on a lot of factors. First of all, depending on what...
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Every new year brings new laws and legislation. Here’s a look at some newly enacted Oregon laws. Two recently passed laws are meant to help rape victims get justice. SB1600 now authorizes prosecution of first-degree sex crimes any time after the crime occurred, as long as the prosecutor obtains corroborating evidence of a crime. Before...
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If you are facing DUII charges, you may be shocked, confused and scared. A DUII conviction can affect not only your driving privileges, but your insurance rates and possibly job opportunities. Vehicular crimes are the most common crimes seen in Oregon. Vehicular crimes can never be expunged from your record, which makes fighting a conviction...
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