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   ORS 162.365 Criminal impersonation.

   (1) A person commits the crime of criminal impersonation if with intent to obtain a benefit, to injure or defraud another or to facilitate an unlawful activity, the person does an act in the assumed character of:

   (a) A public servant; or

   (b) An active member or veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States.

   (2) It is no defense to a prosecution for criminal impersonation that:

   (a) The office, position or title that the person pretended to hold did not in fact exist; or

   (b) The unit of government that the person pretended to represent did not in fact exist.

   (3)(a) Criminal impersonation is a Class A misdemeanor.

   (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this subsection, criminal impersonation is a Class C felony if the public servant impersonated is a peace officer, judge or justice of the peace. [1971 c.743 §211; 1993 c.243 §1; 1997 c.395 §2; 2003 c.577 §12; 2007 c.510 §1]

   ORS162.367 Criminal impersonation of peace officer.

  (1) A person commits the crime of criminal impersonation of a peace officer if the person, with the intent to obtain a benefit or to injure or defraud another person, uses false law enforcement identification or wears a law enforcement uniform to give the impression that the person is a peace officer and does an act in that assumed character.

   (2) Criminal impersonation of a peace officer is a Class C felony.

   (3) As used in this section:

   (a) “False law enforcement identification” means a badge or an identification card that:

   (A) Identifies the possessor of the badge or card as a member of a law enforcement unit; and

   (B) Was not lawfully issued to the possessor by the law enforcement unit.

   (b) “Law enforcement uniform” means clothing bearing words such as “police,” “sheriff,” “state trooper” or “law enforcement,” or clothing that is an official uniform or substantially similar to an official uniform of a law enforcement unit that would make it reasonably likely that a person would believe that the wearer is a peace officer. [1993 c.243 §2; 2005 c.259 §1]

   ORS 162.369 Possession of false law enforcement identification card.

  (1) A person commits the crime of possession of a false law enforcement identification card if the person possesses a false law enforcement identification card.

   (2) Possession of a false law enforcement identification card is a Class A misdemeanor.

   (3) As used in this section, “false law enforcement identification card” means an identification card that:

   (a) Identifies the possessor of the card as a member of a law enforcement unit; and

   (b) Was not lawfully issued to the possessor by the law enforcement unit. [1993 c.243 §3] 



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