Weapon & Drug Possession Attorney Portland, OR
Drug Possession Lawyers Portland, OR
There was a time when the term “drug addict” conjured images of dangerous men “shooting” heroin in dark alleys or “cooking” meth in filthy homes. TV and film portrayals of drug use often play into these clichés for dramatic effect.
Today these stereotypes remain, but they are even less accurate. That’s because today’s “drug addicts” look just like you and me. They’re men and women, doctors and lawyers, secretaries and chefs, students and senior citizens — and they’re hooked on opiates originally prescribed to ease the pain of a back injury, or they’re lonely and disaffected, or they’re people who just made a mistake.
The law is less sympathetic, however. A drug conviction can range from a $250 fine for a Schedule V drug (which lawmakers define as the least dangerous, least addictive substances) to a Class B felony on your record, 10 years of jail time, and fines up to $100,000 (that’s if you have or distribute more dangerous, addictive drugs like cocaine, LSD, and heroin).
But surprisingly, a drug possession charge can sometimes be the best opportunity to get help for an addiction that is actually ruining your life.
If you’re innocent, you need an attorney who will focus on the details to prove your innocence at trial. If you’re not innocent and/or you have a drug problem, you need a Portland drug possession lawyer who will fight to keep you out of jail and get you into treatment, so you can restart your life anew. Contact me and my firm today for a free consultation about your case.
Weapon Possession Attorney Portland, OR
The situation is similar with weapon possession. You have people who are afraid, who feel that they are at the mercy of a scary and dangerous world with no means to protect themselves except with brass knuckles, a switchblade, or a gun. Fear, mistrust of police, and other factors can make you think you need to take things into your own hands by carrying a concealed weapon.
Once the police officer makes the “pretext” stop for speeding or a burned-out taillight and finds the weapon (or drugs), the result is always the same – you are charged and labeled a “danger to society.”
Yes, the Second Amendment gives us the right to bear arms, but that right is not unlimited. According to ORS 166.240, concealed carry of a switchblade, “dirk, dagger, ice pick, slingshot, or metal knuckles” is a Class B misdemeanor, typically resulting in probation, and sometimes jail. A concealed firearm, especially if you are under 18 or a convicted felon, can land you a charge of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm,” a Class A misdemeanor. Using, selling, or threatening someone with these weapons may get you even more serious penalties — in Oregon, a gun felony means mandatory jail time.
What Happens Now?
With both drug and weapon possession in Portland, although you should be respectful and cooperate with police officers, you should exercise your right to remain silent. You do not have to answer questions about where or why you obtained the drugs or weapon and you do not have to consent to a search of your car. The police may say the situation will be better if you answer, but they’re only trying to build a case against you.
Once you’ve been charged, it will be the details that make the difference between conviction and acquittal. I want to help you avoid the burdens of fines and jail time and ensure your rights were not violated. Even if you’re found guilty of weapon possession, my firm may be able to help you take advantage of an “escape clause” if it is your first offense and no one was hurt. An excellent drug possession attorney may be able to help you avoid conviction too. The laws are confusing, but my firm’s expert advice will make the entire process more bearable.
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