Portland Drug Trafficking Lawyers
Any type of drug offense has the potential to negatively impact every area of your life. Certain drug offenses, however, can be even more serious. If you have been arrested and charged with a drug crime, under certain circumstances, you may also be charged with a Commercial Drug Offense (CDO). If you face CDO charges, you are at risk to receive most severe penalties. The Beaverton law firm of Helzer & Cromar is prepared to mount a strong defense against any and all drug charges.
How Is Someone Charged With a Commercial Drug Offense?
Possessing, delivering or manufacturing illegal drugs can rise to the level of a CDO if the state can prove at least three additional factors. Some of these factors include:
- Delivering heroin, cocaine, hashish, marijuana, methamphetamine, LSD, psilocybin or psilocin (mushrooms) for consideration
- Possessing more than $300 in cash at the time of arrest
- Unlawfully possessing or using a firearm
- Possessing materials used to package controlled substances such as scales, wrapping and foil
- Possessing customer lists or records of drug transactions
- Possessing stolen property
- Possessing manufacturing paraphernalia such as recipes, chemicals, laboratory equipment or power generating equipment
- Using public land to manufacture controlled substances
- Possessing controlled substances in an amount greater than:
- 3 grams of heroin or a substance containing heroin
- 8 grams of cocaine or a substance containing cocaine
- 8 grams of meth or a substance containing meth
- 8 grams of hashish or a substance containing hashish
- 110 grams of marijuana or a substance containing marijuana
If the state alleges that you committed a CDO, they will have to prove each of these additional elements beyond a reasonable doubt. Our law firm will look closely at the evidence, as well as how the state recovered this evidence. We will find any weaknesses in the state’s case. If the police violated your rights while gathering this evidence, we will ask the court to dismiss the charges. Our attorneys understand the law and how it applies to these types of situations.