Is impersonation in Oregon a crime?

Portland readers may find impersonators entertaining, particularly if they are imitating celebrities or make fun of recent tabloid scandals. However, care must be taken when pretending to be someone else, as impersonation can be a criminal act and can be classified as state crimes in Oregon.

A 44-year-old Oregon man from Portland currently faces criminal charges for allegedly posing as a U.S. Marshal. The accused was charged with one count of pretending to be a police officer and another count of stealing mail connected to the allegations against him.

As stated in an affidavit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court, the accused knocked on a resident's door and claimed he was a police officer and a U.S. Marshal. Reportedly, he told the resident that he was investigating claims of marijuana being grown in the community. The homeowner asked the accused for any proof of identification but he failed to provide one.

Also, the man under suspicion got involved in an argument with another individual. Based on court documents, he apparently hit that individual with his shoulder. The victim asserted that the accused said he was a cop. Some other witnesses also suspected that the man opened a mailbox belonging to another resident on the street. The witnesses believed that he took some mail from the mailbox and hid it in his pants pocket.

Although these crimes are not federal charges, these state crimes may still result in serious penalties and jail time. The consequences may apply to criminal charges regardless of whether they are misdemeanors or felony charges.

Aside from the penalties, criminal charges may ruin the name and reputation of the accused and the reputation of their family. Such circumstances can be emotionally damaging for the defendant, particularly if the case goes to legal trial. Criminal charges may also prevent the enjoyment of other opportunities that life has to offer.


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