What Are Opioids?
Opioids are a class of drugs that include heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, codeine, morphine, and hydrocodone. While many of these drugs have medicinal benefits and may be prescribed by your doctor, possessing them without a prescription may lead to your being charged with a violation or, under certain circumstances, a crime.
Opioids in Oregon
Under the new laws that took effect in February 2021, possession of certain opioids is no longer a crime, so long as the amount you possess falls within the following limits:
- Less than 1 gram of heroin
- Less than 40 units of methadone
- Less than 40 pills of oxycodone
Possession of slightly larger quantities, which used to lead to felony charges, are now generally charged as A Misdemeanors. These offenses have a maximum fine of $6250 and a maximum sentence of 364 days in jail – far less severe than the felony sentences these offenses used to carry. Keep in mind, certain quantities and circumstances can result in delivery or manufacture charges.
Defending Against Drug Charges
There are many ways to defend against drug charges. Perhaps the cops did an unlawful search or they didn’t have a legal reason to pull you over, but they did anyway. Maybe they didn’t read you your Miranda rights. Until you call a lawyer, you won’t know what arguments can be made on your behalf.
Contact Pendleton Law for Help
If you’ve been caught with opioids, contact Pendleton Law, LLC at 541-201-8626 for help. We will put our decades of combined experience to work to provide you with exceptional, aggressive legal representation.