What are controlled substances?
Controlled substances are any drug or chemical that is controlled by the government. This includes the misuse of prescription drugs. It is unlawful to possess (PCS), manufacture (MCS) or distribute (DCS) controlled substances.
What is shared possession of a controlled substance?
This commonly occurs where cops find drugs or evidence of drug activity in the home you share with others. The charge is Frequenting or Endangering the Welfare of a Minor. Being charged for someone else’s controlled substance violation is hard to believe, but it happens and the prosecution will do everything it can to prove you knew about the controlled substance(s).
If you’re charged with Frequenting of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, you should consult a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. It’s important to act quickly to defend yourself.
What happens if I’m charged with possession of a controlled substance?
If you’ve been arrested or charged with possession of a controlled substance, you should consult a lawyer immediately. Possession charges vary in severity and scope.
Possession charges commonly stem from traffic stops or search warrants. These searches are not always legal or constitutional. You need to hire an experienced drug lawyer, one that will check all of the angles, loopholes and circumstances of your case. A strong defense is the only way to defeat criminal possession charges.
Possession with Intent to Sell
If your charges have been upgraded to “Possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell”, your legal case just got a lot more complicated. There are much stiffer penalties for this charge, and it may also lead to an even bigger charge: “Sale of a Controlled Substance.” With each subsequent charge added to your legal case, the ramifications for your future and potential sentence become greater and greater.
Controlled Substance Charges and Penalties for Possession
The penalties for possession of a controlled substance can vary substantially. Depending on your actual charges, whether or not this is a first offense, the type of drug, amount of the drug, whether you had gun(s) and other circumstances, will be taken into consideration—good or bad—when the court determines your sentence:
- Jail or prison time
- Diversion Programs
- Rehabilitation Programs
Hire an Experienced Controlled Substance Lawyer
It is a difficult and stressful time when you or a loved one has pending drug charges. Attempting to understand what the charges are, what the punishment could be, and what type of defenses are possible can drive anyone crazy. An experienced controlled substance attorney will provide you with the proper legal analysis and strategy that you will need to fight your drug charges. Not to mention providing peace of mind that comes with knowing that you have an attorney who knows the Oregon drug laws fighting for you.
Call the Law Offices of Robert L. Sepp today for your free consultation!