Commercial Drug & Substantial Quantity Offenses

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So called “commercial drug offenses” as well as drug offenses involving substantial quantities of drugs are subject to enhanced and even mandatory minimum sentences in Oregon. Clients with prior drug convictions may also be subject to enhanced sentencing laws.

If you have been charged with a commercial drug offense, or a “substantial quantity” drug case, you need a Portland drug trafficking lawyer who understands how to prepare a strategic, complete defense against these allegations. Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C. has defended countless clients against serious drug charges.

What Is a Commercial Drug Offense?

Under Oregon law, the state can charge an individual with a commercial drug offense if the state can prove at least three factors.

Some of these factors include:

  • Delivery of heroin, cocaine, hashish, marijuana, methamphetamine, LSD, psilocybin, or psilocin for consideration
  • Possession of $300 or more in cash
  • Possession of a firearm or other weapon
  • Possession of materials being used for the packaging of controlled substances such as scales, wrapping, or foil
  • Possession of drug transaction records or customer lists
  • Possession of stolen property
  • Possession of manufacturing paraphernalia
  • Using public lands for the manufacturing of drugs
  • Constructing fortifications or taking security measures with the potential of injuring persons

If you are found possessing more than three grams of heroin, eight grams of cocaine or methamphetamine, or 110 grams of marijuana, that can also be a factor in deciding whether or not to establish a commercial drug offense charge.

Substantial Quantity and Repeat Drug Offenses

Substantial quantity drug cases come into play with as little as 50 grams of some controlled substances like heroin and ecstasy. These cases can result in a mandatory minimum sentence of anywhere from 34 to 130 months in prison. Finally, if you have a previous qualifying drug conviction your ability to request a reduced sentence may be greatly diminished if not eliminated.

Our law firm will fight these allegations aggressively and proficiently. Many drug cases hinge on whether the police lawfully searched you or seized your property. We will look closely at the validity of their warrant and challenge any flaws that we observe. If law enforcement did not have a warrant, we will challenge the nature of the search. The state will have to prove each part of the charge beyond a reasonable doubt. In many cases, certain aspects of these allegations do not hold up to our intense scrutiny. Our drug trafficking lawyers in Portland have practiced in this field for more than 60 years; we know what to look for and how to fight for favorable results in these types of cases.

Contact Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C.

We provide a free initial consultation to discuss your charges. During this consultation, we will also discuss our flexible, reasonable fee arrangements. Call our law firm today at (503) 303-0771 or contact us online.

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