Fighting Len Bias Cases

Experienced Drug Crimes Lawyers in Portland

Len Bias was a University of Maryland basketball star who died of a cocaine overdose only two days after being drafted to play for the Boston Celtics. In response to his death in 1988, US Congress passed the Len Bias Law, which created mandatory minimum sentences of 20 years or more for persons convicted of the distribution of drugs when death or serious bodily injury resulted from the use of those drugs. Federal prosecutors in the District of Oregon aggressively pursue Len Bias charges in any case where a death or serious injury has occurred. It has been reported that Oregon leads the nation in such prosecutions. Federal prosecutors in Oregon target not only those who they believe are in the direct chain of distribution of the particular drug involved; they also prosecute those only tangentially involved on a theory that they, too, are responsible for any death or injury.

Knowledgeable Portland Drug Crimes Attorneys

At the law office of Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C., we have an extensive understanding of Len Bias drug charges. You can rely on our decades of experience to properly defend you when you are charged with the distribution of a drug that has led to an overdose. It is critical to determine exactly why the government believes you are subject to the mandatory minimum sentences the Len Bias law requires. If you are not in the actual chain of distribution of the particular drugs that caused death or injury, you may have additional legal defenses which are not available to those that were. Contact us to learn how to start building your defense today.

You can call us at (503) 303-0771 or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our proficient drug crimes lawyers in Portland.

Defending You against Distribution Charges

Even if you are not in the actual chain of distribution that led to an overdose, state and federal prosecutors often use the threat of a Len Bias prosecution to frighten people into cooperating in the prosecution of others. They often do this very quickly and pressure people to sign up before they have had a chance to speak to their own attorney. If you or a loved one are being investigated in a drug case, it is imperative that you secure an attorney immediately.

We have experience defending individuals accused of distributing the following drugs and more:

  • Cocaine
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Heroin
  • Ecstasy
  • Methamphetamine

Contact our lawyers to schedule a free initial consultation at our law office today. You can reach us at (503) 303-0771 or feel free to send us an email.

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