Your charges may be dropped (or no-complainted) or you may need to go to an arraignment.
What is an arraignment?
An arraignment is your initial hearing where you will receive a public defender, confirm some of your information, and hear your charges (which may change from the charges you received in custody.) You could recive a no-complaint at this time.
After your arraignment be diligent and check up on your case to make sure you don’t miss anything that is required of you.
Due to COVID arraignments may be held virtually.
If there are extenuating circumstances preventing you from attending your arraignment, like a medical emergency, contact one of the following:
- Pretrial Release Services: 503-988-5042
- County Clerk: 503-988-3235
- Mul.Arraignments@ojd.state.or.us ( no phone during COVID)
You do not need to go to your arraignment if you have already received a no-complaint.
What is a ‘no-complaint’?
If you are granted a no-complaint, the state has found they do not have enough information to proceed with a charge at this time.
If the state arrested you as a crowd-control method, most of their charges will not hold up in court.
If you want to re-verify your charges have been no-complainted:
- Go to the Oregon Judicial Departments’ Online Records Search website
- Search your name in Last, First sequence
- Click submit
- Open the case
- See if there are any upcoming court hearings.
- If the case is no complainted, it will show case as closed.
In addition, the following charges are no-complainted according to our district attorney:*
- interfering with a peace officer
- disorderly conduct
- resisting arrest
*so long as it is not accompanied by a charge outside of this list.
Your state charge could be upped to a federal charge. Also if the district attorney reviews incriminating footage or there was evidence found, the state can retroactively charge you for up to 2-7 years, depending on the charge severity. This is one of the many reasons why we should never snitch, film, or take photos at a protest!
How are federal arrests different?
The big difference is that you could not be bailed, and it is harder to track our folks from outside.
You may have been given stringent release provisions like curfews and/or locational bans. Often a lawyer can get these provisions lifted.
Remember, never ever snitch on your comrades.