COVID-19 and the Crimnal Justice System
First and foremost, my heart goes out to everyone in Lincoln County because I know how hard these times have been. I care deeply about this community and the people who live here. There are a lot of things outside of our control right now. The one thing I can control is your access to information regarding COVID-19 and the criminal justice system in Lincoln County. You deserve to have easy access to information that is compiled in a single location. That was my goal in creating this page.
While I am sure everyone is doing the best they can in these unpredictable times, the DA’s Office website has not been updated since COVID-19. The DA’s Office does not have social media pages (something I hope to change if elected DA). It is not easy to find information online and my hope is that this page will help you find the answers to your questions and the access to resources that you may need.
District Attorney’s Office
Even in a pandemic, law enforcement and the District Attorney’s Office have an obligation to protect the safety of the people who live in Lincoln County – particularly the most vulnerable in our community. We are still open and operating. For those of you who have never been to the DA’s Office, it is located on the first floor of the courthouse. There are very limited circumsances in which people are being allowed inside the courthouse. You may be allowed in the courthouse to access the DA’s Office if:
- You were subpoenaed to grand jury or a court proceeding
- You are a juror and summoned to appear
- You are a victim seeking services or assistance such as applying for a protective order
- You are a victim wishing to assert your right to be present at a court hearing
Deputy District Attorneys and several staff, including victim advocates, are being encouraged to work from home. Attorneys working remotely have access to voicemail and email and should be able to promptly return your calls or emails. Our email addresses are listed on the county website https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/directory?field_microsite_tid=22. If anyone is seeking assitance and is not getting a response, feel free to email me and I will respond promptly and assist any way I can. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Criminals and violent offenders should understand that COVID-19 is not a free pass to commit crimes that will go unpunished. Our dedicated law enforcement officers are working hard to ensure that our community remains safe. People will still be held accountable for the crimes they commit.
The overall crime rate has decreased during COVID-19. However, the crimes affecting our vulnerable populations are increasing and we need to pay close attention to that in order to adquately protect peole in our community.
Since the Governor issued a stay at home order, domestic violence cases in Lincoln County have doubled compared to this time last year. Myself and another dedicated domestic violence prosecutor are working hard to ensure that victims of domestic violence, and their children, are protected. If you or someone you know is in a domestic violence relationsihps, there is information below in the resources section that may help.
Children are at an increased risk of abuse right now. Typically, child abuse is reported by an adult such as a teacher, coach, counselor, etc. With COVID-19, children aren’t interacting with adults apart from their parents which is leading to a decreased number of reported child abuse cases.
Our elderly population is at an increased risk of elder abuse or neglect during the pandemic. There is also an increased number of elderly persons feeling lonely and disconnected. There are ways to help with that listed in the resources section below.
1. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.
2. If you or someone you know needs a protective order, please file the paperwork to get one. If you need assistance filing the paperwork, I would encourage you to call the DA’s Office at 541-265-4145 to ensure someone is available to help you.
The following link has useful information that explains what protective orders are, who qualifies, and how to apply for one:
The forms for protective orders can be found online at:
When someone files for a protective order, that person has to go in front of a judge for a hearing and tell the judge why they need protection. Those hearings occur every day. However, in response to COVID-19, the court is allowing people to testify remotely (by phone) when it’s feasible.
If you have a protective order and it is violated, call your local police department or 911 if you are in danger. Violation of a restraining order is a mandatory arrest.
Domestic / Sexual Violence
If you are in immediate danger, call 911. If you want to report a crime but are not in immediate danger, call your local law enforcement agency. If you want to check on the status of an open case, call the DA’s Office.
If you need support:
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free:1-800-799-7233 and through chat.
The National Sexual Assault Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free:800.656.HOPE (4673) and through chat.
The StrongHearts Native Helpline for domestic/sexual violence is available 7am-10pm CT, confidential, and specifically for Native communities:1−844-762-8483
Senior Loneliness Line
Free and confidential service for adults 55 and older. It is normal for anyone, especially an older adult, to feel lonely, scared, or disconnected during this time. This is a service where anyone can call and speak with a trained volunteer who can provide emotional and ongoing support, provide resources and simply listen.
Sometimes knowing there is someone who cares and wants to listen can be of great help.
The number to call is 503-200-1633 and the website is www.seniorlonelinessline.org
If you suspect that an elderly and/or disabled person has been abused or neglected, please call 1-855-503-SAFE (7233)
For Parents and Childcare Workers
National Parent Helpline Monday -Friday 12pm-9am emotional support and advocacy for parents:1-855-2736
For incidences of suspected child abuse, call the hotline at: 541-757-5019
Phone Numbers for Local Law Enforcement Agencies
Newport Police Department: 541-574-3348
Lincoln City Police Department: 541-994-3636
Toledo Police Department: 541-336-5555
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office: 541-265-0777