Crimes are classified as misdemeanors and felonies and are punishable by a fine and jail or prison time. Violations are punishable by a fine.
In criminal law, a criminal charge or charges are filed by a prosecutor for a District Attorney’s Office or the State of Oregon.
A plaintiff (person suing someone) in a civil law suit only has to show by a preponderance of the evidence that a defendant is 51% or more liable (responsible) for the damages. However, the prosecutor in a criminal law case has to prove to a judge or jury “beyond a reasonable doubt” that a defendant is guilty of a criminal charge(s).