What Is The Law On Compounding A Felony In Oregon And What Are The Punishments For It?
Anyone who is convicted of compounding a felony in the State of Oregon can be punished both by time served in prison and fines. It is considered compounding a felony when a person knowingly withholds important information related to criminal activity from legal authorities. In order for the case to be considered as compounding a felony, the individual must have obtained some form of pecuniary benefit from the criminal that motivated them to withhold information from law enforcement.
It is considered the civilian responsibility of the people of a State to report information on any criminal activity they have information of in that State. When someone deliberately ignores such civilian responsibility and chooses to enable criminal activity by virtue of themselves obtaining compensation from the criminals, they can be charged with compounding a felony in Oregon.
What is Considered as Compounding a Felony in the State of Oregon?
In order for a case to be successfully tried as under compounding a felony, two facts must be established in the case. The first of these is that the person deliberately withheld information pertaining to criminal activity in the city. The second is that the reason they withheld such information can be linked to the compensation they received from the criminals for withholding such information.
In such cases, the information withheld must be such that it enabled the criminal and made it more difficult for law enforcement to apprehend them. When such a person withholds information of value related to criminal activity in Oregon, then they can be charged with compounding a felony.
What Happens When a Person Does Not Accept any Compensation from the Criminal yet Still Does Not Report the Crime?
If there is no compensation exchanged between the person who withheld the information and the criminal, and financial benefit was not the motivating factor behind withholding such information, then that person cannot be charged with compounding a felony in Oregon.
That is why if someone does not report a crime that was committed against themselves, then they cannot be charged with compounding that felony. If an individual's house was robbed, but they took no further legal action after the matter, then they are not chargeable under compounding a felony.
If a person witnesses a crime or criminal activity but does not accept any pecuniary benefit yet also does not report the crime, then they cannot be charged with compounding a felony in Oregon.
Punishments for Compounding a Felony in Oregon
Compounding a felony can result in both jail time and having to pay exorbitant fines in the State of Oregon. Compounding a felony is considered a Class A Misdemeanor in Oregon. Such a person could have to spend a maximum period of a year in jail or pay $6250 in fines or both.
The actual amount the person will have to pay is dependant on the nature of the crime they chose to enable. That means that not everyone charged with compounding a felony will receive the maximum sentences prescribed under the Class A Misdemeanor category.
If the nature of the crime was less serious, then such a person can be asked to serve time as to how the Court sees fit in Oregon that is less than the maximum sentence prescribed for that misdemeanor.
For a person to be tried and convicted of compounding a felony in the State of Oregon, the actual criminals in the case pertaining to the trial do not have to be tried and convicted. The charge for compounding a felony is not the same as that for committing the actual crime. These charges are tried and convicted separately in Court.