Misdemeanor Crimes

In Grant County, misdemeanor crimes may be filed in either Grant County Circuit Court or Grant County Justice Court. The District Attorney determines which court the charges are to be filed in.


If you have been cited into Grant County Justice Court for a misdemeanor crime, your personal appearance at arraignment (1st appearance) is mandatory. At arraignment, you will be advised of the charges that have been filed against you, what the maximum penalties may be, and what your rights as a defendant are.

crime classifications

For the purpose of sentencing, misdemeanors in Oregon are classified as either A, B, C or U. The maximum penalties that may be imposed upon conviction of a misdemeanor crime are:

  • Class A - $6250 fine, up to 1 year in jail, or both
  • Class B - $2500 fine, 6 months in jail, or both
  • Class C - $1250 fine, 30 days in jail, or both
  • Class U - Unclassified

Cases filed in Justice Court

The following is an example of the kinds of cases that may be filed in Grant County Justice Court:
  • Animal abuse/neglect
  • Criminal Trespass
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor
  • Negotiating Bad Checks
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Littering/Graffiti
  • Theft II & III
  • Wildlife Violations
  • Harassment
  • Misuse of 911
  • Initiating a False Report
  • DWS - Misdemeanor
  • Fail to Perform the Duties of a Driver
  • Giving False Information to Police
  • Careless Driving
  • Reckless Driving
  • Misdemeanor Possession


To access an application for a court appointed attorney in Justice Court (misdemeanors only), click here.

PLEASE NOTE: Court Staff are not permitted to give legal advice. ORS 8.245