Drug charges are serious in Oregon. Charges for hard drugs, like heroin, can lead to serious penalties if a person is convicted. However, just because a person is charged with a crime does not mean that the person is guilty. There are situations where police get the facts wrong, obtain evidence illegally or a person has a valid defense. In any of the situations charges may be dropped against the accused.
The penalties for heroin charges in Oregon are serious. They can include large fines and long prison sentences. Additionally, those convicted will be left with a permanent record that includes a felony conviction. This can make it difficult for the person to seek employment, stable housing and other opportunities in the future. It can also limit the person's right to vote and right to carry a firearm.