In an opinion that should produce a bunch of smirks, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled that a criminal defendant can be in constructive possession of drugs found inside his co-defendant's vagina. Before we start the inevitable "slippery slope" sort of arguments a case like this is destined to produce, let's look at the facts. In State v. Sherman, an opinion announced by the COA April 22, 2015, the court found that the trial court did not err in denying defendant's MJOA "based on its determination that a reasonable juror could conclude that he constructively possessed 5.67 grams of cocaine found in his codefendant's vagina." Sure.
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.
Drug-related criminal charges can lead to serious penalties. However, the real damage is the blemish in a suspect's reputation as well as the emotional distress it brings to a suspect's family and friends. For this reason, a Portland, Oregon, resident facing drug charges should address the situation immediately so proper legal remedies can be applied.
On April 10, 2014, the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously to amend the federal sentencing guideline levels applicable to most federal drug charges. Read the press release here. In general, the amendment would work a two level reduction in current offense levels based on the amount of the particular drug involved.
Oregon, like most states, has strict laws when it comes to drug-related offenses. Laws of this kind typically mean severe consequences including costly penalties and a lengthy jail sentence for residents who are convicted of drug charges. On the other hand, residents facing accusations of this kind risk tarnishing their reputation and compromising their current job or future employment opportunities if they fail to address the charges immediately.
Law enforcement officials, including those in the Portland, Oregon, area often make routine traffic stops in order to keep the roadways safe for fellow motorists. Sometimes during these investigations, police claim to find evidence that the driver or occupants of the pulled over vehicle are involved in illegal activities. Recently, two individuals were recently charged with drug offenses after a routine traffic stop in Sherwood, Oregon.
Cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana are all considered prohibited drugs in Portland, Oregon. A person caught using or distributing these drugs is likely to face serious charges, depending on the type of the prohibited substance and its quantity.
Authorities arrested two men and a woman who investigators say were involved in drug trafficking near Portland, Oregon. After almost three months of investigation, police arrested the three suspects in a Home Depot parking lot.