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Portland Metro Area Drug Crime Attorney

Drug crimes run the gamut from very minor Misdemeanor charges to extremely serious Felony charges. Experienced criminal defense lawyer Rhett Bernstein, with his team of investigators and forensic experts, will review the facts of your case, explain your options, advise you of the possible consequences, and help you navigate any criminal charges you may be facing.

Rhett Bernstein defends clients throughout the state of Oregon; including Multnomah County, Clackamas County, Washington County, and all Portland-area municipal courts in the following counties and cities:

Clackamas County Multnomah County Washington County
Boring Gresham Banks
Canby Maywood Park Beaverton
Clackamas Portland Bull Mountain
Damascus Troutdale Cornelius
Estacada Wood Village Durham
Gladstone   Forest Grove
Happy Valley   Gaston
Lake Oswego   Hillsboro
Milwaukie   King City
Molalla   Laurelwood
Oregon City   North Plains
Sandy   Sherwood
Tualatin   Tigard
West Linn   Tualatin
    Wilsonville

Did You Know?

  • Whether charged with possession, distributing, or manufacturing of a controlled dangerous substance there will almost always be a search issue
  • Distributing and/or manufacturing charges almost always involve a higher level involvement of law enforcement
  • Drug cases often involve many mistakes made by law enforcement officers that open the door for effective defenses against drug charges
  • Drug charges more often than not coincide with additional charges involving theft, burglary, and/or identity theft
  • If your charges are the result of an organized law enforcement sting conducted by an inter-agency task force (group of law enforcement officers from different cities or counties) you need to contact criminal defense attorney Rhett Bernstein immediately

Oregon Drug Classifications

Schedule I

Substances that are the most dangerous to your health and have a high risk of addiction or dependency with no legitimate medical use. Examples include LSD, Heroin, Mescaline, and Peyote.

Schedule II

Substances that are the most dangerous to your health and have a high risk of addiction or dependency with a legitimate medical use. Examples include opiates, Cocaine, Methadone, Methamphetamine, and Amphetamine.

Schedule III

Substances less dangerous than Schedule II with a moderate risk of dependency and legitimate medical use. Examples include Hydrocodone, Codeine, Anabolic Steroids, Testosterone, Ketamine, and some depressants.

Schedule IV

Substances with a slight risk of dependency and acceptable medical uses. Examples include Clonazepam, Tranquilizers, and Sedatives.

Schedule V

Substances with a very low risk of dependency. Examples include low potency prescription drugs.

Oregon Drug Possession Penalties

Possession

Oregon classifies not only well-known drugs like Marijuana, Heroin, and Cocaine as controlled dangerous substances, but also the compounds used to manufacture them. Illegally making or selling a controlled substance carries different penalties than illegal possession of controlled substances for personal use.

Penalties

In Oregon it is illegal to possess a controlled substance without a valid medical prescription. Penalties vary according to the type of controlled substances involved in the violation.

Possession Classification Maximum Sentence
Schedule I (excluding Marijuana) Class B Felony $250,000 fine and/or 10 years in prison
Schedule II Class C Felony $125,000 fine and/or 5 years in prison
Schedule III Class A Misdemeanor $6,250 fine and/or 1 year in prison
Schedule IV Class C Misdemeanor $1,250 fine and/or 30 days in jail
Schedule V Violation (non criminal) $250 fine

Possession of a Controlled Substance Defense

Engaging an attorney is important in every criminal case, but can be even more so in a criminal drug case. The prosecutor and judge will often respond positively to proof that you have been actively working to overcome your addiction and improve your way of life. Criminal defense lawyer Rhett Bernstein can help you understand the process of a criminal drug charge and navigate the court process to a more positive outcome. Rhett Bernstein understands which treatment programs are respected by local law enforcement and local prosecutors. He has worked with local alcohol and drug evaluators and providers for over a decade to provide best possible legal outcome for each case.

Oregon Drug Delivery and Manufacturing Penalties

Delivery and/or Manufacture

Being charged with drug delivery, distribution or manufacturing is a much more serious charge than a possession of a controlled substance charge. Defense attorney Rhett Bernstein and his team of legal experts know what it takes to fight a felony drug charge. And with a charge this serious, you need the best Oregon drug charge defense lawyer you can find. Contact us for a free consultation to evaluate our services and experience.

Serious drug crimes like these carry serious penalties. When you are at significant risk of a prison sentence and hefty fines, you are no doubt frightened and possibly confused about what is happening. You need an aggressive and experienced attorney on your side.

Penalties

In Oregon it is illegal to make or sell a controlled substance, as well as possess a controlled substance without a valid medical prescription with the intent to sell. Penalties vary according to the type of controlled substances involved in the violation.

Delivering / Making Classification Maximum Sentence
Schedule I (excluding Marijuana) Class A Felony $375,000 fine and/or 20 years in prison
Schedule II Class B Felony $250,000 fine and/or 10 years in prison
Schedule III Class C Felony $125,000 fine and/or 5 years in prison
Schedule IV Class B Misdemeanor $2,500 fine and/or 6 months in jail
Schedule IV (which results in the death of the buyer)   $125,000 and/or 5 years in prison
Schedule V Class C Misdemeanor $1,250 fine and/or 30 days in jail

Talk to an Attorney

Rhett Bernstein will go through every last detail of your case from the very beginning of the incident. This allows his legal defense team to have thorough knowledge of any search and seizure issues that may be helpful to your representation. You need a legal defense team who can spot issues with the search, the search warrant, and the procedure that was or was not followed in your case. It is crucially important for you to hire an attorney who is in your corner throughout your case.


Legal Disclaimer: Nothing on this site shall be taken as legal advice. For advice on a legal matter, contact attorney Rhett Bernstein immediately for a free, confidential, no obligation consultation.

Criminal Defense attorney Rhett Bernstein is available to practice criminal law anywhere throughout the state of Oregon, including: Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties; as well as most municipal courts throughout the Portland Metro area.