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Oregon penalties for delivering methamphetamine

In Oregon, anyone who is facing drug charges needs to understand the entire scope of the situation form the alleged crime itself to the potential penalties to other nuances in the process. For example, a charge of possessing the drugs with the intent to distribute will have different consequences depending on where it is to be delivered. If the arrest was within 1,000 feet of a school, there will be harsher penalties in the event that the arrest results in a conviction. This is one of many reasons why anyone charged with a crime involving drugs needs to formulate a strong defense from the start.

It is against state law to deliver methamphetamine. Those who are charged with delivering methamphetamine will be facing a Class B felony. If the person who is the recipient of the delivery of the drug is under the age of 18, the charge will be a Class A felony. The maximum prison sentence for a Class B felony is ten years. The maximum prison sentence for a Class A felony is 20 years. The minimum fine for delivering methamphetamine is $500.

If the delivery is made within 1,000 feet of a school, the penalties are worse. This includes the real property of an elementary school, a secondary school or a career school that is predominately attended by minors. This can be a public or private school. Delivery of methamphetamine to a location within 1,000 feet of a school will lead to a charge of a Class A felony. The minimum fine for a conviction will be $500 with the aforementioned possibility of up to 20 years in jail.

Methamphetamine is a drug that can be manufactured by using a variety of household products that are relatively easy to find. With this in mind, it is possible that a person might make the mistake of getting involved in the drug. Or perhaps someone who was working for someone else was functioning as a go-between and delivering the drug. It is also possible that an arrest was made in error. Those who are dealing with charges related to the delivery of methamphetamine should protect themselves immediately upon being arrested by making a call to a qualified defense attorney.

Source: oregonlaws.org, "475.890 Unlawful delivery of methamphetamine," accessed on Jan. 4, 2016

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