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Oregon Theft Laws Explained

The Criminal Defense law firm of Rhett Bernstein employs former prosecutors, former law enforcement officers, and former forensic experts. Rhett Bernstein defends clients throughout the state of Oregon, including Multnomah County, Clackamas County, Washington County, and all Portland-area municipal courts in the following counties and cities:

Clackamas County Multnomah County< Washington County
Boring Gresham Banks
Canby Maywood Park Beaverton
Clackamas Portland Bull Mountain
Damascus Troutdale Cornelius
Estacada Wood Village Durham
Gladstone   Forest Grove
Happy Valley   Gaston
Lake Oswego   Hillsboro
Milwaukie   King City
Molalla   Laurelwood
Oregon City   North Plains
Sandy   Sherwood
Tualatin   Tigard
West Linn   Tualatin
    Wilsonville

Theft FAQ

I was just and or cited for a theft charge, what happens now?

If you were arrested for Misdemeanor Theft you were likely given a citation or release agreement directing you to appear in court at a future date. If you were arrested for Felony Theft you were probably given a citation or you may have been booked into custody and ordered to appear in court. Under both circumstances you must appear in court at the date and time specified. Failing to appear at a court date will result in a bench warrant for your arrest and possibly another criminal charge.

Are there different kinds of Theft-related charges?

Yes. It is illegal to take or steal property of another. It is also a crime to receive property known to be stolen or buy or sell stolen property. Oregon also criminalizes Theft of Services in the same way as theft of property.

I was cited to appear in "community court." What does that mean?

If you were cited with Misdemeanor Theft you may be cited to appear in community court. Community court offers defendants the opportunity to perform a quantity of community service in exchange for a either a dismissal of the charge or a sentence of discharge. Community Court exists in Multnomah County and Clackamas County.

What is the difference between Theft and Robbery?

Both crimes typically involve taking the property of another without lawful authority. However, robbery also involves the use or threatened use of force with the taking. Robberies are therefore more serious offenses.

Can I expunge or seal a Theft conviction?

Most theft charges are eligible to be expunged or sealed if you meet the general requirements.

How do I contact Rhett Bernstein for help with my Theft-related case?

Rhett Bernstein offers a free initial case analysis. To set up an appointment or to speak with Mr Bernstein:

  • Please visit our contact page where you can submit an email or;
  • Call his office at (503) 454-6610

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Legal Disclaimer: Nothing on this site shall be taken as legal advice. For advice on a legal matter, contact attorney Rhett Bernstein immediately for a free, confidential, no obligation consultation.

Criminal Defense attorney Rhett Bernstein is available to practice criminal law anywhere throughout the state of Oregon, including: Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties; as well as most municipal courts throughout the Portland Metro area.