Some types of criminal charges are very specific while others are very broad. The phrase "drug crimes" actually encompasses a wide variety of specific drug charges. Depending on the specific charges that a person faces, the penalties can be very different. Therefore, it is important for Oregon residents to understand the types of drug charges they face. In general, drug charges fall into one of four broader categories.
The first category is drug possession charges. These are charges for being caught with a small amount of drugs for personal use. Drug possession charges can be state or federal charges. They, too, can be broken down. Simple possession is possession for recreational use only, where possession with intent is when a person intends to distribute that amount to another.