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Fight hard against drug charges

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.

How does a firearm change felony charges in Oregon?

A crime can occur under any set of circumstances, and the circumstances can vary based on a number of important factors. The specific situation in which a crime occurs will become very important during the criminal proceedings. In Oregon, the factors surrounding criminal behavior are often taken into account when a court determines a person's punishment.

The presence of a weapon, for example, is very important to the criminal proceedings. If a person commits a crime using a firearm, that person can face aggravated criminal charges. In other words, the presence of a firearm can increase the potential penalties the person may face.

Is it ever legal to have heroin in Oregon?

Some Oregon residents know what it's like to face drug charges. However, for some people, the drug charges themselves may be difficult to understand and sort through. In recent years, many drug laws have been strengthened, while others have been changed. With all the change surrounding many drug laws in Oregon, and across the United States, it can be difficult for people to understand when it is illegal to have a certain drug.

One common source of drug charges is from the possession or distribution of heroin. Some Oregon residents may wonder if it is ever legal to have heroin in their possession.

Three arrested on drug trafficking charges

Criminal investigations can result in a variety of different types of criminal charges. Often, law enforcement officials are looking for illegal drugs. Investigations often revolve around the transportation or sale of large quantities of these drugs. If people are caught in these situations, they can face harsh penalties in the criminal justice system.

Three individuals in Oregon were recently arrested on drug charges after a police investigation. According to reports, an investigation between the Multnomah County Special Investigations Unit and the Clark Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force resulted in these arrests.

Criminal defenses and the burden of proof in Oregon

When an Oregon resident is accused of committing a crime, and criminal charges are brought, a specific set of legal consequences will follow. From the beginning of the case through its completion, there are a variety of legal actions that can be taken by both the prosecution and the defense. These actions are necessary in order to ensure that a person's due process rights are not violated.

During the criminal justice process, those accused of committing a crime will have the opportunity to defend themselves. This happens as part of the criminal proceedings. The defendant will be given the opportunity to present a criminal defense showing why the person should not be found guilty of a crime.

Don't brave misdemeanor charges alone

It can be easy for people who've been accused of misdemeanor crimes to think that the charges are no big deal. While felony charges carry serious jail time and high fines, many think of misdemeanors as carrying insignificant penalties. However, this is not necessarily the truth. Misdemeanors can have a long-lasting effect on a person's life.

In Oregon, misdemeanors can result in up to one year in jail. A year in jail cannot only interrupt a person's social calendar, but it can be detrimental to their financial health and wellness. It can also interrupt the person's education and career.

What is prostitution in Oregon?

There have been many occasions where this blog has highlighted stories where Oregon residents have been accused of sex crimes. Most recently, we highlighted the case of an alleged internet sex ring that resulted in prostitution charges for 10 individuals. While Oregon residents may have heard the term prostitution on many occasions, they may not be aware of the legal realities of prostitution charges.

What is prostitution? Under section 167.007 of the Oregon Criminal Code, allegations of prostitution can result in a conviction on Class A misdemeanor charges. A person can be convicted of prostitution when the person exchanges money, or agrees to exchange money, in return for engaging in or promising to engage in sexual contact.

Misdemeanor charges for creating a hazard

When considering criminal charges it's easy to assume that a person must have taken active steps to hurt another in some way. Organ residents may assume that they need to orchestrate the entire event in order to be found guilty on a particular charge. However, people should know that it's not always that simple.

By creating risks to others, people can put themselves at risk for criminal charges should another person get hurt. This applies even when the accused has nothing to do with the other person's choice to be at a particular location.

10 people arrested in internet sex crime scheme in Oregon

Police throughout Oregon frequently conduct undercover investigations to find people who are supposedly breaking the law. Undercover investigations can often lead to criminal charges for anyone caught by police. In recent years, many of these investigations have involved the internet. In some cases, police pretend to be other people in order to get Oregon residents to commit a crime. Oftentimes, these online undercover investigations involve sexual conduct. In particular, the situations can involve police trying to get people to admit to sexual behavior that is illegal.

Recently, 10 people in Oregon have been charged in a sex trafficking ring because of their online behavior. In this case, police say that an operation targeted those who were trying to sell and buy sex online. Over the course of a four and a half hour long investigation 10 individuals were arrested. The people caught in this investigation were charged with a variety of serious crimes, including patronizing a prostitute, prostitution charges, giving false information and various drug possession charges.

Is there a criminal defense for insanity?

In some criminal cases in Oregon, people who are alleged to have committed crimes may have been physically or mentally unable to stop themselves from carrying out the act. In these cases, people may wonder if the insanity defense is possible.

Jurisdictions across the United States have adopted different standards in order to determine whether or not someone can use the justification of legal insanity in order to avoid the consequences for criminal behavior. Depending on where a person is charged, one of four tests may apply. The first test, called the "M'Naghten Rule," asks whether or not a person's "disease of the mind" caused the person to be unable to understand what the person was doing or to understand the difference between right and wrong.

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