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Because the discharge of a firearm is a felony offense, your only recourse is to confront your neighbor and apologize as soon as possible and offer to pay for all damages.
If your neighbor makes a complaint you would be looking at least some kind of conviction, even if your attorney could negotiate some deal.
IF your neighbor has already made a complaint to the police, then you should hire an attorney. There is a a list of attorneys on the Oregon Bar website.
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The particular State law governing your question is title 166.220
A person commits the crime of unlawful use of a weapon if the person:
(a)Attempts to use unlawfully against another, or carries or possesses with intent to use unlawfully against another, any dangerous or deadly weapon as defined in ORS 161.015(General definitions); or
(b)Intentionally discharges a firearm, blowgun, bow and arrow, crossbow or explosive device within the city limits of any city or within residential areas within urban growth boundaries at or in the direction of any person, building, structure or vehicle within the range of the weapon without having legal authority for such discharge.
It is defined as a class C felony, you may have a successful defense as this was negligent rather than intentional.
Because your act involved negligence rather than an intentional police may not file charges.
This really depends on whether after taking a statement, they believe that there was any intentional grounds.
I previously outlined the best course of action as what the police decide to do is out of your hands.
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