Stalking is a serious crime in Oregon, and it’s essential to understand the legal framework that addresses this offense. This page is dedicated to providing an understanding of stalking orders in Oregon, with an emphasis on the citation process outlined in ORS 163.738.
Stalking Defined in Oregon
Under Oregon law, specifically ORS 163.732, stalking involves knowingly alarming or coercing another person by engaging in repeated and unwanted contact.
Stalking Orders and Citations
Two methods can be used to obtain a stalking protective order in Oregon: the judicial process, which involves the victim filing a petition in court, and the citation process.
The citation process, governed by ORS 163.738, allows a peace officer to issue a citation requiring a person to appear in court if there’s probable cause to believe that the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly engaged in repeated unwanted contact with the victim, and either violated a previous court’s stalking protective order concerning the same victim or violated a citation that prohibits the contact.
Upon receiving the citation, the defendant must appear in court, and a judge will then decide whether to issue a stalking protective order. This citation process offers an alternative to the victim filing a petition in court.
Understanding Oregon’s stalking laws and protective orders can help you protect your rights and take appropriate actions if faced with these serious charges.
If you or a loved one is facing stalking charges or need assistance with a stalking protective order in Oregon, The Law Office of Mike Arnold is ready to help. Contact us today for a consultation.
Oregon Lawyer Practice Areas
We are trial lawyers specializing in exposing liars and protecting clients from overreach and oppression. Our attorneys travel or appear virtually across Oregon:
- Eugene/Lane County
- Southern Oregon (Grants Pass, Medford)
- Salem/Marion County
Our practice areas include:
- Criminal Defense
- false accusations
- sentencing mitigation
- felony reductions to misdos
- Commercial Litigation (business disputes)
- Civil Litigation
- stalking protective orders
- personal injury
- real property disputes
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