Navigating Oregon’s laws surrounding stalking and protective orders can be challenging for individuals seeking protection and understanding. This page provides an overview of the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) that pertain to stalking and the legal remedies available to victims.
In Oregon, stalking is defined under ORS 163.732. According to this statute, a person commits the crime of stalking if:
1. They knowingly alarm or coerce another person or a member of that person’s immediate family or household by engaging in repeated and unwanted contact with the other person.
2. It is objectively reasonable for a person in the victim’s situation to have been alarmed or coerced by the contact.
Stalking can take many forms, including following the person, showing up at their home or workplace, sending unwanted gifts, or constantly contacting them via phone, text, email, or social media. The law places importance on the repetitive nature of the behavior and its impact on the victim.
Oregon’s Stalking Protective Order: ORS 30.866
Oregon law provides for the issuance of a Stalking Protective Order (SPO) under ORS 30.866. An SPO is a civil order from the court that can provide various protections, such as ordering the stalker to stop stalking the victim and to stay away from the victim’s home, workplace, or school.
How to Apply for a Stalking Protective Order
Victims of stalking can apply for a Stalking Protective Order by filing a petition in the Circuit Court of the county where they live. The petition must detail each incident of stalking and why the petitioner is alarmed or coerced by the stalker’s actions.
The process of understanding Oregon’s Stalking Order Statute and obtaining a Stalking Protective Order can be complicated. If you or someone you know is dealing with stalking, it is crucial to understand your rights under Oregon law. Remember, it’s not a burden you need to carry alone; our team at the Law Office of Mike Arnold is here to help.
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:
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Our practice areas include:
- Criminal Defense
- false accusations
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