Drug Crime Lawyer
Ricky R. Nelson is a drug crime lawyer in Bend, Oregon, specializing in marijuana/cannabis laws. Oregon breaks down drug charges into three categories: possession, manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance. Controlled substances are illegal drugs listed in Schedules I through V under the Federal Controlled Substances Act. Drugs that are illegal without a prescription from a doctor are also included as controlled substances.
Oregon Drug Classifications
- Schedule I
Substances dangerous to your health that have a high risk of addiction or dependency with no legitimate medical use. Examples include LSD, heroin and peyote.
- Schedule II
Substances dangerous to your health that have a high risk of addiction or dependency with 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 more.
- Schedule IV
Substances with a slight risk of dependency and accepted medical uses. Examples include Clonazepam, tranquilizers and sedatives.
- Schedule V
Substances with a very low risk of dependency. Examples include low potency prescription drugs.
Possession of a Controlled Substance Defense
Nelson Law can assist you if you have been charged with possession of a controlled substance. It’s important to engage a criminal defense attorney who will actively work to achieve the best possible outcome for your case. The most common drug possession charges are for cocaine, LSD, mushrooms, meth and illegal possession of cannabis. Actual possession is when the drug is physically on the person. Constructive possession is when the person has control of the drug and it is in their home. It is possible for one or more persons to have possession of a drug at a time. Drug crime lawyer Ricky R. Nelson can help you understand the process of a criminal drug crime charge and navigate the legal system to a positive outcome.
Delivery and/or Manufacturing a Controlled Substance Defense
Charges for drug delivery, distribution or manufacturing warrant more serious penalties than possession of a controlled substance charge. A person may be charged with delivery of a controlled substance even when the delivery doesn’t take place. Delivery charges may occur:
- If you are caught actually selling or delivering a drug to another person
- If you are caught with a large number of drugs that the assumption of delivery is made
- If you are caught with drugs and/or related items that provide circumstantial evidence, such as a list of customers or large amounts of cash
Manufacturing of a drug includes processing and preparing naturally extracting substances as well as chemically creating a drug. Penalties for manufacturing a controlled substance depend largely on the type of drug.
Aggressive Legal Representation
Ricky R. Nelson knows how to fight felony drug charges. Serious drug crimes carry serious penalties and may put you at a significant risk of hefty fines and a prison sentence. Felony drug charges require aggressive legal representation from an experienced drug crimes attorney in Bend, Oregon. Ricky R. Nelson reviews every detail of your case from the beginning of the incident. Contact Nelson Law for a free consultation when you are considering hiring a drug crime attorney in Bend, Oregon.