Facing criminal drug charges is a serious business. Penalties and long-term negative consequences can be severe. Drug charges such as delivery, distribution or manufacturing can also be prosecuted in federal court and may carry mandatory prison sentences. Even a first-time conviction for simple possession may carry serious penalties. For example, a misdemeanor drug possession conviction can result in a college student's financial aid being terminated.
Oregon Defense of Drug Charges
Defending clients against such charges often involves complex analysis of police search and seizure laws, challenging the use of informants and body wire evidence and phone tap evidence. Drug type, amounts and purity may be at issue. Bringing in outside private investigators and expert witnesses to assist in the client's defense is routine.
Not all drug cases proceed to trial, however, and clients faced with settling their case by way of plea negotiations must be represented by knowledgeable and experienced attorneys who can help them minimize the damage to their lives. Creative negotiations can often yield positive results by such mechanisms as: avoiding federal prosecution, reducing the seriousness of charges, deferred prosecution and diversion-type programs which offer the client a chance at avoiding a conviction altogether. Knowledge of these programs and alternatives are essential to the complete representation of the client.
Experienced Northwest Oregon Drug Charges Defense Lawyers
At Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C., our Portland drug defense attorneys have over 70 years of combined experience defending criminal defendants against all types of drug charges, including drug possession, drug trafficking or distribution.
We have successfully handled misdemeanor possession charges, marijuana cases and complex drug distribution cases involving associated charges of money laundering, wire fraud and conspiracy.
Aggressive & Discreet Drug Criminal Defense Attorneys
Our law firm was founded with the specific purpose of providing high-quality and discreet criminal defense services to residents of Portland and surrounding communities in Northwest Oregon.
With our extensive criminal defense experience comes the ability to aggressively pursue the best possible outcome for each client we defend. We challenge police search and seizure procedures, make sure our clients' constitutional rights are protected throughout the entire process, and work every angle to minimize the negative consequences of an arrest on drug charges.
We also understand the importance of privacy and discretion. For most of our clients, their interaction with the criminal justice system is one of the most difficult times in their lives – and our lawyers and professional staff do everything in our power to make our clients comfortable and at ease. We make sure that our clients understand every step of the process – what comes next and the importance of each action we undertake on their behalf.
General information about criminal law, criminal defense or the criminal justice system is available on the following pages of our website: Criminal Defense FAQ and Criminal Law Information Center. If, however, you have questions about a specific case, we urge you to contact our office as soon as possible.
About Costs and Fees at Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C
Our law firm is committed to providing the highest-quality legal representation for reasonable rates. All initial consultations are free. In drug charges cases, we will discuss fees in depth at the initial consultation and we will work with you to find a fee structure that is appropriate given the nature and complexity of the case. We can negotiate flat-rate fees or hourly-rate fees, depending again on the type of case.
In all cases, we make sure our clients always understand exactly what fees and costs they will pay for our services.
To discuss how we can work with you to defend against drug crimes charges, contact our office today to schedule a free and confidential initial meeting. Call toll-free to 1-888-311-2016, or send us an e-mail.