What To Do When You Face Possession Charges

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The Oliveros Law Group Difference

If you or a member of your family faces prosecution for possession charges, the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you.  With over 75 years combined experience, our expert team At Oliveros Law Group can help you get through the criminal justice system with your:

  • rights respected,
  • your dignity intact, and
  • the lightest possible consequences.

Expert Advice About Possession Charges

In any given drug case, we look either for ways to defeat the case against you on the basis of constitutional search and seizure problems, or determine your eligibility for diversion or treatment programs that can steer your drug case away from the criminal justice system. We work closely with our clients to see which of two possible approaches is likely to work best for them.

Our goal is to help you resolve the case on terms that minimize both your exposure to punishment and the consequences a drug charge arrest or conviction might have on your employment prospects, academic status, or professional license.

Early Intervention and Strategy Can Make All The Difference

Our Portland drug charges attorneys represent adults and juveniles throughout the Portland area on a variety of drug possession or distribution charges, including:

  • Methamphetamine possession, sales or manufacturing charges
  • Cocaine or crack possession or distribution
  • Prescription fraud
  • Unlawful possession of prescription drugs or painkillers
  • Possession or sale of hallucinogens, club drugs or so-called date rape drugs
  • Possession, manufacture (growing) or distribution of marijuana
  • Possession with intent to sell

If your drug charge case is a good candidate for resolution through diversion, substance abuse treatment or continuance to dismissal, our thorough understanding of the available programs allows us to use our negotiating skills to protect your record.

On the other hand, if the circumstances of your arrest or the discovery of drugs in your car or home indicate a likelihood that the evidence of possession can be kept out of court, we will likely aim for an early dismissal of the case against you.

007 Smart Start Defense Guide

Step 1:  Act Quickly

Not acting quickly is a very common mistake.  Waiting to contact an attorney can negatively affect the outcome of your case. You are either facing reality or running away from reality.  Either way, you must face the inevitable.  Proactive behavior always looks better in the eyes of the court.

Even if you haven’t been charged but you know you’re under investigation, you need to contact a criminal defense attorney IMMEDIATELY.

Waiting Too Long To Hire An Attorney:

  • can make your situation worse
  • cause irreparable harm
  • create unnecessary anxiety
  • gives you your edge, power, and your control

Ask These 3 Key Questions Before You Hire An Attorney:

  1. What experience and knowledge do you have for MY specific case?
  2. Can you show me a PROVEN track record of success and a history of winning locally?
  3. Will you be a good fit for me? Make sure you communicate what matters to you when speaking with your attorney.  It’s important to hire an attorney that you can communicate easily with and feel confident in their ability and intent to help you.

Step 2:  Avoid These 7 Common Criminal Defense Pitfalls

  1. Talking to Police without an Attorney Present.   It’s natural to want to tell your side of the story and explain the situation, but do NOT talk to the police.  Exercise your right to remain silent and contact an attorney as soon as possible.
  2.  Waiting Too Long To Hire an Attorney. Waiting can make your situation worse, cause irreparable harm, unnecessary anxiety and loss of control.
  3. Hiring an Inexperienced Attorney.  An inexperienced attorney can put your freedom, finances, reputation and family at risk.  Always look for a criminal defense team that has extensive experience and relationships to secure your best outcome.  It is absolutely ok to ask a firm about the number of cases won and verdicts in their favor.
  4.  Not Going Local.  A local defense attorney gives you an advantage.  A local attorney knows the players involved and how they have handled similar situations in the past.  Reputation, relationships and resources are key to achieving the best possible outcome for you.
  5.  Posting on Social Media.  What you post on social media CAN HURT your criminal defense case.  Even deleted content can still be recovered.  And worse, it may not matter if it was you or someone that you know that posted the content.  Pictures and posts about incriminating behavior can open up an investigation and incriminate you in a way that’s hard to fight against.
  6.  Not asking about the firm’s resources and relationships to help you reach your best outcome.  Each case is unique and will have its strengths and weaknesses.  It’s to your advantage if your attorney can position your case when they know the players involved, understand the personalities of the judge and opposing lawyers.
  7. Not understanding how a firm’s fees work.  The two most common billing practices are hourly billing and case, or flat fee billing.  If your attorney bills by the hour and your case becomes more complicated than expected, costs can spiral very quickly.  With flat fee billing, you know what your costs will be and the attorney takes on the risk of unforeseen complications.


Oliveros Law Group offers the advantage of flat free criminal defense.  We work with client’s reasonable budgets.   We calculate the severity of the crime against the amount of work we think it will take to get the best possible outcome to reach a one time flat fee.

Looking for a way to afford the representation you deserve without having the immediate financial burden? As an additional service to our clients, we partnered with KeyBank to offer our clients an easy way to give you that piece of mind.

If you are not in a financial position to retain a private attorney, we recommend contacting the Oregon State Bar.

Step 3:  Discuss Your Case With An Expert Attorney

If you are facing criminal charges, we waive the $150 consultation fee for your no cost, no obligation consultation.  Our goal is to provide the best value and information to help you with next steps and includes:

  • An hour of our attorney’s time with you to strategize and review your situation.  You can help with your own defense by giving us a clear idea of the facts of the case, identifying witnesses, and filling in the gaps of information. We can then give you a good idea of your risk of punishment.
  • We fully explain the charges and the most likely penalties you may be facing. We consider the effect that any previous criminal convictions might have on the consequences you might be facing. If your record is clean, we tell you how we can use that to your advantage.
  • We obtain your police record for you during your consultation.
  • Our team conducts up to an hour of research on your behalf during the consultation at no charge.
  • If appropriate, we may even make a call on your behalf to find out what type of sentencing and how hard they are going to go after you as part of your consultation.

To schedule your consultation, you can call us at (503) 836-7056 or complete the consultation form.

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