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Drug Possession Defense Lawyer in Portland, OR

Defending Individuals Across Clackmas, Multnohmah, and Washington Counties 

Since 1978, James O’Rourke has fought to defend clients throughout Oregon against drug possession and other related charges. He and our firm’s supporting staff understand the stress you might be under if you have been arrested for this type of offense. A conviction could significantly impact your life and lead to jail time and hefty fines. You can trust your case with our team, however. Our approach to defending clients is unique and effective.

At our firm, we:

  • Attack the prosecution’s claims
  • Do everything possible to negotiate for dropped or lesser charges 
  • Take measures to mitigate sentences if necessary

Find out more about how our Portland drug possession defense attorney can help you in a free consultation.  

Schedule yours today by calling (503) 506-2836 or submitting our online contact form. 

Oregon Drug Possession Law

Drug possession (or possession of a controlled substance) includes:

  • The physical possession of a controlled substance
  • Having a substance in your immediate control, be it in your home, car, or anywhere else

More than one person can possess the same controlled substance. As a result, two or more people residing in the same household can be charged with drug possession if they are aware of the presence of a drug in their home or another shared space. 

It is important to state that Oregon has decriminalized the possession of many controlled substances in recent years. Measure 110 reclassified numerous offenses as violations, meaning convictions will not result in jail time. 

How Much Marijuana Can You Possess in Oregon?

Since 2015, it has been legal for adults over the age of 21 to possess and use marijuana recreationally in Oregon. However, there are limits to the amounts you can legally possess. According to the law, you can only possess up to eight ounces of marijuana in your residence. Additionally, you can only carry up to one ounce of marijuana on your person at any time. It is illegal for anyone under 21 to have any amount of marijuana. 

Related Crimes

Drug possession is often associated with various other offenses. For example, if law enforcement finds you in possession of a large quantity of drugs, you could face charges for possession and delivery (transferring the drug from one person to another). Additionally, if you are found to be manufacturing or cultivating drugs, you could be convicted of manufacturing and possession of a controlled substance. 

Defenses Against Drug Possession 

Our Portland drug possession defense attorney has represented numerous Oregonians throughout decades of practicing law. In every case, he leans on his wealth of experience to combat the prosecution’s claims and advocate for his clients. 

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Turning Negatives into Positives 

Many facing drug charges of any kind struggle with drug abuse. Our firm is sympathetic to this and works tirelessly to connect individuals battling addiction with treatment resources. Not only does this help them overcome addiction, but it can also benefit the outcomes of their criminal cases. We have often secured lenient sentences by highlighting our clients’ recovery efforts. 

Arrested for Drug Possession in Oregon? Call Our Office. 

If you have been arrested for drug possession, do not hesitate to call James O’Rourke. Schedule your free, confidential consultation by reaching out today. 

Call (503) 506-2836 or connect with us online. Our office is available 24/7 for emergencies. 

  • Compassionate & Effective Representation
    We provide effective and compassionate defense, ensuring clients feel supported while vigorously protecting their rights.
  • Over 40 Years of Experience
    With four decades in the legal field, Attorney O'Rourke brings a deep understanding of the system, assuring clients of a seasoned advocate by their side.
  • Complimentary, Confidential Consultations
    We offer free consultations, allowing you to discuss your case without any financial commitment.
  • We Work as a Team for You
    We use three methods to fight the prosecution and win — attack, negotiation, and mitigation — focusing our time and resources where they are most productive in achieving our goals.
  • Experienced & Personalized Legal Care

    Benefit from personalized legal strategies tailored to your unique needs.

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