Since Oregon has taken steps to decriminalize certain types of drug crimes, people might misinterpret that if they are arrested. The decriminalization is for small amounts. If a person is arrested with significant amounts of scheduled drugs, it can result in criminal charges with the possibility of harsh consequences. Often, these arrests are made during a traffic stop. There might even be a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) along with the drug charges. When lodging a defense, there are many strategies to explore to try and reach a reasonably positive outcome.
Vast quantity of drugs found after traffic stop
A man and woman were arrested on multiple charges after a late evening traffic stop. The incident began at around 10 p.m. when a law enforcement officer saw a vehicle and suspected the driver was under the influence. As the investigation moved forward, the officer found numerous drugs including methamphetamine, Xanax, LSD, Fentanyl and heroin. The couple in the vehicle, a 44-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman, were arrested. The man was charged with DUII, driving while his license was suspended – a felony – and drug possession. The woman was charged with drug possession, drug manufacturing, tampering with evidence and more. Both had violated probation.
Understanding the potential consequences of drug charges
Illegal drugs and prescription medications that have great potential for abuse are treated very seriously by law enforcement, prosecutors and legislators. This is true even in places like Oregon where treatment is often seen as a preferable alternative to incarceration. When there is a drug arrest and the person is accused of manufacturing, delivering or trafficking in drugs, there can be jail time, fines and long-term problems. Adding DUII and other violations will inevitably make the situation worse. There are, however, ways to address these charges and it is important to have professional guidance.
Legal assistance can be crucial after a drug arrest
When there are allegations of drug crimes that came about after a traffic stop, the basis of the stop itself can be called into question as part of a defense. If it was an unjustified stop, it could be relevant to the case. Also, the person’s rights could have been violated during a search that found the drugs. Perhaps there are treatment options for people who have substance abuse issues or a plea bargain could be available. Regardless of the circumstances, having a comprehensive assessment is key and experienced professionals may be able to help.