September 22 was the first night of party patrol in the West University and off campus areas. The first night, the activity in the area was busy, with many students walking the streets and heading to parties. There were several large parties throughout the area. These were cooperative with officers and assisted with getting the parties shut down quickly. Party Patrol took an educational route as an initial step with people in the area, issuing loud noise/unruly gathering, warnings. Eugene Police is hoping that this is a good start to fall and that by knowing the laws, people in the area will not end up with enforcement rather than education.
The party patrols are done to prevent and respond proactively to potential alcohol and behavior problems, and frequently EPD is joined by University of Oregon Police Department.
The social host, or ordinance on unruly gatherings, holds individuals criminally responsible for hosting, organizing and allowing an unruly event or social gathering. Property owners where the event is hosted will also be penalized if there are multiple violations of this ordinance at the same property. The Eugene Municipal Court has assigned a base fine of $375 for criminal violations of this ordinance. Both hosts and property owners could be civilly liable for police, fire and public works response to repeated illegal gatherings that fall under this ordinance. For more information: SOCIAL HOST
Party Management Tips
Respect your neighbors.
What if your party gets out of control?
If your party gets out of hand, call the police. EPD will come out and help you regain control.
It is important to know the law! Frequently Violated Ordinances and Laws
Minor in Possession (MIP):No person under the age of 21 shall attempt to purchase, acquire or have in their possession any alcoholic liquor (Eugene City Code 4.115 or Oregon Revised Statute 471.430), nor have in their system any alcoholic liquor (ECC 4.115).
Offense: Violation Fine: Up to $360
Minor Falsely Representing Age:A person less than a certain age who knowingly purports to be older with the intent of securing a right, benefit or privilege which by law is denied under that certain age (ECC 4.145).
Offense: Crime Fine: Up to $500 (jailable)
Giving False Information to a Police Officer:Knowingly uses or gives a false name, address, or birthdate to an officer issuing a citation (ECC 4.906).
Offense: Crime Fine: Up to $2,500 (jailable)
Possession of a Forged Instrument (Fake ID):A person commits the crime of possession of a forged instrument in the first degree if, knowing it to be forged and with intent to utter same, the person possesses a forged instrument issued by a government (ORS 165.022).
Offense: Class C Felony Fine: Up to $125,000 (jailable)
Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor:No one shall sell, give, or otherwise make available any alcoholic liquor to a person under the age of 21 years (ECC 4.110 or ORS 471.410).
Offense: Class A Misd. Fine: Up to $6,250 (jailable)
Allowing Alcohol Consumption by Minors:No person who exercises control of private real property shall knowingly allow a minor to drink alcohol on the property or remain on the property after consuming (ECC 4.110(3) or ORS 471.410-3).
Offense: Violation Fine: Up to $1,000
Open Container/Consumption in Public:Consumption of alcoholic liquor or possession of an open alcoholic beverage container is prohibited in all public places and all private property extended to the publicfor use (ECC 4.190).
Prohibited Noise:Intentionally or recklessly creating or continuing any noise disturbance (meaning any sound which injures or endangers the safety or health of a human, or which annoys or disturbs a reasonable person of normal sensitivities). Operating or permitting the use or operation of any device designed for sound production between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. that is plainly audible within another dwelling; the same applies on public property or right-of-ways if it is plainly audible at a distance of 50 feet or more (ECC 4.080 and 4.083).
Offense: Crime Fine: Up to $500 (jailable); up to $1,500 (jailable) for failure to cease within 30 minutes after notice or citation or for a similar noise disturbance within 6 months of receiving a citation.
Interfering with a Police Officer:Intentionally acts in a manner that prevents or attempts to prevent a police officer from performing the lawful duties of the police officer with regards to another person; or refuses to obey a lawful order by the police officer (ORS 162.247 and ECC 4.907).
Disorderly Conduct:With intent to cause public inconvenience or annoyance or recklessly creating a risk thereof: a) Engages in fighting or violent behavior; b) Makes unreasonable noise; c) Disturbs any lawful assembly; d) Obstructs any vehicular or pedestrian traffic; e) Refuses to disperse when ordered to do so; f) Initiates or circulates a report known to be false regarding fire, crime or other emergency; g) Creates a hazardous or physically offensive condition. Note: “Public” means three or more people disturbed or inconvenienced (ECC 4.725).
Offense: Crime Fine: Up to $1,000 (jailable)
Rioting:A person commits the crime of riot if while participating with five or more persons the person engages in tumultuous and violent conduct and thereby intentionally and recklessly creates a grave risk of causing public alarm (ORS 166.015).
Unruly Gathering (Social Host)
Holds individuals criminally responsible for hosting, organizing and allowing an unruly event or social gathering. Property owners where the event is hosted will also be penalized if there are multiple violations of this ordinance at the same property. The ordinance applies throughout the city of Eugene. The Eugene Municipal Court has assigned a base fine of $375.00 for criminal violations of this ordinance. Both hosts and property owners could be civilly liable for police, fire and public works response to repeated illegal gatherings that fall under this ordinance. Eugene Municipal Code 4.670 / 4.672(1)
Offense: Violation Fine: Base fine: $375
Use of Marinjuana in a Public Place
(1) It is unlawful for any person to engage in the use of marijuana items in a public place.
(2) A violation of subsection (1) of this section is a Class B violation. (2015 Oregon Laws, chapter 1 (Measure 91), Section 54)
Offense: Class B Violation Fine: Up to $260
Marijuana Minor in Possession
A person under 21 years of age may not attempt to purchase, or acquire a marijuana item (which includes accepting or consuming within 24 hours before the determination that the minor consumed the marijuana item).
Offense: Class B Violation Fine: TBD
Allowing Consumption of Marijuana by Minor on Property
A person who exercises control over private real property may not knowingly allow a person under the age of 21 to consume marijuana items on the property or allow any other person under the age of 21 to remain on the property if this person consumes marijuana items on the property.
Offense: misdemeanor Fine: TBD