Assault Charges in Oregon
There are four types of criminal assault in Oregon, each with varying degrees of severity.
- First-degree assault is the most serious. As a class A felony, it carries the possibility of up to 20 years in prison and fines upward of $375,000. Assault 1 is a measure 11 offense carrying a MANDATORY minimum sentence of 90 months.
- Second-degree assault is a class B felony. If convicted, you face up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines. Assault 2 is also a measure 11 offense carrying a MANDATORY minimum sentence of 70 months.
- Third-degree assault is a class C felony, carrying up to five years in prison, and fines up to $125,000.
- Fourth-degree assault is the least serious. A class A misdemeanor, punishment includes the possibility of up to one year in jail and fines around $6,250. However, fourth-degree assault charges, if committed in front of a child, can be elevated to class C felonies. These constitute “domestic violence” and frequently result in the court-ordered removal of the accused from the home, causing chaos and hardship for families, and require completion of intensive, court-ordered participation in “Domestic Violence Court” before allowing the family to be reunited.
A conviction will follow you for life. Even after serving your time, it may be hard to find a job or housing.
No matter what level of charge you are facing, you need an experienced defense lawyer on your side. You need David G. Terry, P.C. Located in Roseburg, our firm has defended clients throughout western Oregon against criminal charges for more than 30 years. We have the knowledge, we have the experience and we have the skills necessary to get results.
A Thorough Investigation Leads to a Better Defense
When building your defense, Mr. Terry leaves no stone unturned. Our firm’s private investigator examines all aspects of the alleged assault and your arrest. This includes interviewing witnesses, investigating the alleged victim’s history — including any instances of violence or motives for making false accusations — and police conduct at the time of your arrest.
We then take this information and build a strong defense that gives you the best chance possible of achieving a favorable outcome.
Facing Assault and Battery Charges? You Need Legal Help Now.
Don’t wait to get the legal help you need. Early involvement by our office can SUBSTANTIALLY improve your chances for a favorable outcome. Contact our office day or night — we are open 24/7. Call 541-672-4693. Consultations are free.