When Is It Possible to Be Facing Multiple Charges?

Interviewer: You mentioned reckless driving and criminal mischief. In that particular case, how did that all tie in to the DUI?

One Incident Can Result in Multiple Charges

John Reade: The person drove under the influence of a prescription sleeping pill and hit a car. He got charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving for hitting the car basically, and criminal mischief which means damaging someone else’s property.

John Reade: So, that’s where those three charges arose out of, the same incident.

Interviewer: If you just take the words criminal mischief, and that’s on your record. It does not have a good connotation.  It doesn’t sound good.

Interviewer: It doesn’t sound good. The perception of a charge like that makes it sound like someone was going out intentionally being criminally mischievous.

John Reade: Yes, that is right.

Criminal Convictions on Records Can Impact Employment Opportunities

Interviewer: How does affect someone’s employment? How does it affect the rest of their lives?

A Driving Under the Influence Conviction Will Impact Driving Privileges

John Reade: Well, driving under the influence their license could be suspended. That could affect their ability to get to and from work. Or if they can drive, and they’ll usually have to get in Oregon what’s called a hardship permit. This allows them to drive during certain limited hours, or limited routes to and from work, or doctor’s office.

A Criminal Conviction Can Be Grounds for Termination of Employment

Obviously, if the person gets convicted some employers that may be grounds to terminate them. It all depends upon the employment policy of the employer obviously. As far as how much that might affect their job if their employer found out about it.

What Does It Mean to Be Indicted?

Interviewer: What does it mean to be indicted?

John Reade: Indicted is when the district attorney’s office goes in front of a panel of civilians and presents an outline of their case. A totally one-sided outline because they’re the only one who presents their case. There’s no one else there to present the other side of the case.

They call their own witnesses, they ask their own questions, and they just have to show probable cause to believe this person committed this crime or crimes. If the grand jurors believe that they’ve satisfied that burden, and proven it by probable cause, which is a very low standard of proof.

If the jury is satisfied then they return what’s called an indictment. An indictment allows the district attorney’s office to proceed with charging that person with that crime or crimes.

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