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Oregon Drug Offense Attorney

Drug offenses range from the serious charges of Manufacturing, Delivering and Possessing Methamphetamine, which can result in a substantial prison sentence, to Manufacturing, Delivering and Possessing Marijuana, which also have serious consequences.

It is often overwhelming for a person charged with a serious drug offense to look at the potential prison consequences.  It is important to have a criminal defense lawyer that is capable of being aggressive in addressing the lawfulness of the police actions that led to the arrest and charges.  Motions to Suppress any ill-gotten evidence are an important form of a defense.  It is also important for a person charged with these crimes to address any potential drug problems that they may have in order to not only get the help they need, but to minimize any potential sentences before the Court.

With over 25 years’ experience in representing hundreds of people in drug cases, I have successfully mitigated the effects of the charges in most cases. Contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation.

Oregon classifies drugs by Schedule, based on the dangerousness of the drugs or controlled substance that you are accused of manufacturing, possessing, delivering, or distributing.

Schedule I drugs: these are the most dangerous, with a high risk of dependency or addiction, and have no legitimate medical use.  Included under Schedule I are LSD, marijuana, heroin, mescaline and peyote.
Schedule II drugs: these may have legitimate medical uses, but still have a high risk of abuse. Included under Schedule II are opium, cocaine, methadone, methamphetamines, and amphetamines.
Schedule III drugs: these have a moderate risk of abuse, are slightly less dangerous than Schedule II substances, and may have legitimate medical uses.  Included under Schedule III are codeine, hydrocodone, anabolic steroids, testosterone, and some depressants.
Schedule IV drugs: these drugs have very acceptable medical uses, and a slight risk of dependency.  Included under Schedule IV are clonazepam, sedatives, and some tranquilizers.
Schedule V drugs: Included under Schedule V are prescription drugs with very low potency and a very low risk of dependency.

 

Delivery or Manufacture of a Controlled Substance
Classification of Drug Crime Classification Potential Prison/Jail Sentence
Schedule I (excluding marijuana) Class A felony Up to 20 years prison and $375,000 fine
Schedule II Class B felony Up to 10 years prison and $250,000 fine
Schedule III Class C felony Up to 5 years prison and $125,000 fine
Schedule IV Class B  misdemeanor Up to 6 months jail and $2,500 fine
Schedule V Class C misdemeanor Up to 30 days jail and $1,250 fine

 

Possession of a Controlled Substance
Classification of Drug Crime Classification Potential Prison/Jail Sentence
Schedule I (excluding marijuana) Class B felony Up to 10 years prison and $250,000 fine
Schedule II Class C felony Up to 5 years prison and $125,000 fine
Schedule III Class A misdemeanor Up to 1 year jail and $6,250 fine
Schedule IV Class C misdemeanor Up to 30 days jail and $1,250 fine
Schedule V Violation (non-criminal) $250 fine

 

Marijuana Possession
Amount Crime Classification Potential Penalties
More than 1 ounce Class B felony Up to 10 years prison and $250,000 fine
Less than 1 ounce Violation (non-criminal) $500-$1,000 fine

 

Marijuana Distribution
Amount Crime Classification Potential Penalties
Less than 5 grams (gift) Violation (non-criminal) $500-$1,000 fine
5 grams – 1 ounce (gift) Class A misdemeanor Up to 1 year jail and $6,250 fine
Any other amount (sale) Class B felony Up to 10 years prison and $250,000 fine