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Portland man facing drug charges eludes police, U.S. marshal

Being charged with a crime and facing the possibility of serious consequences can be an overwhelming experience for any Portland, Oregon, resident. Despite the severity of the situation, some make rational decisions, while others react negatively by making questionable decisions. Unfortunately, a Portland man who was facing drug charges chose the latter and has now been declared a fugitive.

Early one recent morning, a U.S. marshal, while traveling on a Portland street, identified a missing suspect who had Multnomah County warrants against him for a parole violation and methamphetamine possession. The marshal reported the sighting to the police who responded promptly.

When Portland police arrived to confront the suspect, he fled on foot and evaded capture. Police dogs and officers attempted to find the suspect, searching the neighborhood where he was seen. Officers then advised residents to call the police if they spotted the suspect who was said to have a history of eluding arrest and carrying firearms.

Although being charged with a crime is definitely stressful, making correct decisions about how to address the charges is also important. Further exacerbating the situation by fleeing or evading police can lead to additional charges. A good decision is to make use of one's constitutional rights, particularly the right to an attorney.

With the right help, people can identify the possible avenues they can take to address the charges. One option is to request a plea deal which lessens the severity of charges in exchange for community service or other tasks deemed acceptable by the court. Another option is for a suspect to fight the charges by establishing an aggressive defense.

Source: KPTV, "Portland fugitive on the run after eluding U.S. Marshal, police," April 26, 2014

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