All states prohibit the trafficking, sale, and possession of cocaine, as well as the manufacturing of crack cocaine and other derivatives. Federal law also prohibits such offenses involving cocaine and other illicit drugs, although the trend is moving toward treatment and abatement programs instead of harsh prison sentences for addicts. The federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) typically handles cases involving interstate trafficking and organized crime, while states deal with more isolated violations.
Oregon Drug Laws and Cocaine Violations
The possession of cocaine in Oregon is charged as a Class C felony, which has a maximum prison sentence of 5 years and a maximum fine of $125,000. The manufacture of cocaine (primarily crack cocaine) or delivery of the drug (sales) are charged as a Class B felony, which carries a maximum potential 10-year prison sentence and fine of up to $250,000. Violations that occur within 1,000 of a school are charged as more serious crimes.
The main provisions of Oregon's cocaine laws are listed in the following table. See FindLaw's Drug Charges section for more general information.
|Code Section||Chapter 475|
|Drug Abatement Program Available?
|Possession||Class C felony|
|Sale||8-10 g.: Commercial drug offense if over $300 cash, firearm or packaging materials; stolen property; using public lands or customer lists; Over 10 g.: Category 6 crime|
|Trafficking||Class A or B felony; Delivery and manufacture of over 10 g.: Category 8 crime|
|Unlawful Manufacture of Cocaine||The act of turning powdered cocaine into crack cocaine is a Class B felony; or a Class A felony if within 1,000 of a school (475.876)|
Note: State laws and sentencing guidelines related to drug laws are always subject to change, usually through the passage of new legislation, appellate court opinions, or voter-approved ballot initiatives. You may want to contact an Oregon drug crimes attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
Avoiding Prison: Oregon Drug Courts
Drug courts, which have grown in popularity thhroughout the U.S., offer non-violent drug offenders the option of receiving drug treatment and regular drug testing instead of prison time in exchange for a guilty plea. To learn more about how drug courts work, including eligibility requirements, see the drug court section of your local county court Website (Douglas County Circuit Court Drug Court, for example).
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