Attitudes towards drugs are changing in society. Oregon has legalized marijuana, which would have seemed like a pipe dream just a decade ago. This might lead people to assume that all drug punishments are lessening. This, unfortunately, is not the case. It is entirely possible to go to jail just for drug possession. These charges are serious and need to be handled by an experienced drug possession attorney.
For first time offenders charged with a misdemeanor, Oregon does offer diversion programs instead of jail time. This is good but it is very limiting in who is eligible. And for some drugs (like cocaine or heroin), simple possession is itself a felony, making the defendant ineligible for a diversion program. An experienced defense lawyer can examine your charges and explain your options.
The court generally does try to keep people out of jail for simple drug possession, but there is no obligation by judges to do so. For repeat offenders, the judge may throw the book at them in order to get their attention and to help them try to kick their drug habit. And if there are other charges accompanying the possession charges, the court will not take pity on the offender. These charges are incredibly serious and require the help of an experienced drug possession attorney.
At Kroll & Johnson, we understand how difficult these charges can be. We have seen many lives ruined and families destroyed due to drugs. We will do everything we can to help a person get the help they need to kick their drug habit. We want people to live happy, healthy lives. If you have been arrested for drug possession, contact Kroll & Johnson today for a free consultation.