Oregon Drug Crimes Attorneys

If you or a loved one are charged with a drug crime in Oregon, it is critical to obtain legal representation from a defense attorney with experience in this area. A drug conviction can have detrimental job consequences and cause significant personal setbacks. It can destroy reputation and reduce one’s ability to attain a higher position in their career. Drug convictions can also eliminate the opportunity to receive financial aid for college. The penalties for drug convictions can carry mandatory prison sentences.  No matter the level or quantity of the substance, drug crimes are serious matters.

There are many avenues by which the criminal defense attorneys at Coit & Payment successfully defend drug charges in state and federal court, including use of experts, motions to dismiss and suppress evidence, private investigation, defense verdicts, and favorable plea arrangements.  Our attorneys provide personalized legal representation and work closely with our clients throughout every step of the process.

Drug Charges

Drug crimes in Oregon fall under three primary categories:

  • Drug Possession Cases
    Possession of a Controlled Substance (“PCS”) is typically charged when law enforcement finds a relatively small amount of drugs without the presence of aggravating factors. However, depending on certain circumstances and the amount and type of drugs recovered by police, a PCS conviction can carry a mandatory prison sentence. PCS charges are typically prosecuted when law enforcement recovers drugs in an individual’s vehicle, home, or on his or her person.
  • Drug Manufacturing cases (Manufacture of a Controlled Substance “MCS”)
    Manufacture of a Controlled Substance (“MCS”) is charged when a person is alleged to have been making or growing a drug. In Oregon, MCS can also be charged when a person is alleged to have packaged a drug.
  • Drug Delivery or Drug Dealing cases (Delivery of a Controlled Substance “DCS”)
    Delivery of a Controlled Substance (“DCS”) is charged when a person is alleged to have been dealing drugs. No drug sale is necessary to be charged with DCS in Oregon. Simply having a specific amount of drugs or packaging materials can result in a DCS charge.

Our criminal defense law firm has experience defending all schedules and types of drug cases including, but not limited to the following:

  • Schedule I including Marijuana, Heroin, LSD, Mescaline, Peyote
    A conviction involving a Schedule 1 substance constitutes a Class A Felony.
  • Schedule II including Meth, Cocaine, Opium, Methadone, Amphetamines
    A conviction for a Schedule 2 substance constitutes a Class B Felony.
  • Schedule III including Hydrocodone, Anabolic Steroids, Ketamine
    A conviction for a Schedule 3 substance constitutes a Class C Felony.
  • Schedule IV including Clonazepam
    A conviction for a Schedule 4 substance constitutes a Class B Misdemeanor.
  • Schedule V including low potency prescription drugs
    A conviction for a Schedule 5 substance constitutes a Class C Misdemeanor.

The criminal defense attorneys at Coit & Payment are dedicated to vigorously defending clients facing drug charges throughout the state of Oregon. The eventual outcome of your case may depend on swift action by an experienced Oregon drug crimes attorney. Our aggressive defense lawyers handle numerous narcotics cases every year and are a valuable advocate to have on your side during this stressful, overwhelming time.

Search and Seizure:

The War on Drugs and the Patriot Act have made it easier for authorities to search and detain people for a variety of crimes, including drug related offenses. Our attorneys are very knowledgeable about clients’ Fourth Amendment rights and Oregon Constitutional rights against unreasonable search and seizure. Our Oregon criminal defense attorneys have achieved outstanding results for our clients due to our in depth of knowledge of this area of law. Our skilled legal team will investigate the facts surrounding your case, contest evidence presented against you, and place every effort into providing you with the best defense possible.

If you have been charged with a drug offense in Oregon, contact our defense attorneys for a free consultation and case evaluation.