As the national opioid crisis continues to dominate major news headlines, states like Oregon are taking drug crimes very seriously.
If you are facing charges related to drug crimes, you are likely fearful about what will happen. Our firm is committed to helping you understand your rights, standing by your side throughout the entire process, and fighting hard to protect your freedom. Our principal attorney, Jody Vaughan, is a former prosecutor who is deeply familiar with all of the tactics that prosecutors will use, so we will use our experience and resources to offer you the strongest defense possible.
Understanding Oregon Drug Crimes
According to Oregon state laws, it is illegal to possess, manufacture, distribute, or sell controlled substances for yourself or others. Generally, possession crimes tend to carry the mildest punishments, whereas convictions for manufacturing or selling controlled substances may lead to lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines. Other factors, such as any prior criminal convictions you may have, whether the drug transaction took place within 1,000 feet of a school, or whether the drugs were sold to a minor, will also greatly impact the severity of the punishment.
Marijuana in Oregon
Like many other states, it is legal for people who are 21 or older to buy and use marijuana recreationally. However, there are several rules in place that must be followed, such as purchasing marijuana only from a valid dispensary and refraining from providing marijuana to minors. If you are facing a crime relating to marijuana, we are fully prepared to help.
Eastern Oregon and Methamphetamine
Many communities across the U.S., including those in Eastern Oregon, are reporting steady methamphetamine manufacturing and use. As of 2017, the personal-use possession of harder drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine has been downgraded from a felony charge to a misdemeanor charge. Although this will likely result in less severe penalties, it is still important for you to seek the assistance of our experienced drug crimes defense attorneys to ensure that all of your rights are protected. Other crimes relating to methamphetamine, such as manufacturing, distributing, and selling, are still considered felonies. If you are facing charges related to methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, or other illegal substances, contact us as soon as possible so that we can get to work on creating a strong defense on your behalf.
For more complex cases, we have the ability to utilize our own in-house private investigator. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney today at (541) 226-3613 to schedule a consultation.