What should be my primary concerns?
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JO - Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
With almost any criminal charge two primary concerns are (1) the potential punishment you face; and (2) what "record" you will have at the conclusion of your case. Punishment refers to the penalties that you face upon conviction. As with many crimes, the penalties for drug offenses can vary widely from a short period of probation and little or no jail to years in prison. More on that below.
Five grams or more or 25 or more pills, tablets or capsules of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of:3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDMA / Ecstasy).
T2 - Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
*NOTE: Microgram Bulletin was returned to restricted status on January 1, 2014; the December, 2013 issue is the last non-restricted issue.
If you were arrested for solely a possession charge (possession of cocaine for example), you were probably given a citation or release agreement directing you to appear in court at a future date. Sometimes, the police will book you into custody on a possession charge, and then you will appear in court shortly thereafter. Possession charges are sometimes referred to as PCS charges. [CS means controlled substance.]
JF - Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Often times, the prosecutor will be seeking a substantial prison sentence with a threat of referring the case to federal court for prosecution (where the penalties are much more severe) under the so-called "Len Bias Law."
Many law enforcement agencies now aggressively investigate overdose deaths in order to build a case against the person(s) that provided the drug(s) to the deceased. If they are able to build a case (often through cell phone / text message records), the person providing the drugs may be charged with in some jurisdictions or simply with delivery of a controlled substance.
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What is meant by a "commercial drug offense" (CDO)?
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The offender was in possession of $300 or more in cash;
Cocaine - Wikipedia
Molecular formula: C17H21NO4 Molecular weight: 303.35 g/mol
Molecular formula: C15H18NO2Molecular weight: 263.31 g/mol
Wilcox, K.M., Kimmel, H.L., Lindsey, K.P., Votaw, J.R., Goodman, M.M. and Howell, L.L. (2005), 'In vivo comparison of the reinforcing and dopamine transporter effects of local anesthetics in rhesus monkeys', 58(4), pp. 220–28.
The offender was in possession of stolen property;
Woodward, J.J., Compton, D.M., Balster, R.L,, Martin, B.R. (1995), 'In vitro and in vivo effects of cocaine and selected local anesthetics on the dopamine transporter', , 277(1), pp. 7–13.
Molecular formula: C16H26N2O2 Molecular weight: 278.39 g/mol
Persons facing possession charges in Multnomah County Circuit Court may be eligible to participate in the STOP program. This program is essentially a deferred sentencing agreement where your charge will be dismissed if you successfully complete the intensive treatment program. The program lasts at least one year (and often longer). You must pay for treatment and attend numerous classes and court appearances. If you flunk out of the program, you will be convicted of the charge.
Molecular formula: C13H20N2O2 Molecular weight: 236.31 g/mol
Wilcox, K. M., Rowlett, J.K., Paul, I.A., Ordway, G.A., Woolverton, W.L. (2000), 'On the relationship between the dopamine transporter and the reinforcing effects of local anesthetics in rhesus monkeys: practical and theoretical concerns', , 153, pp. 139–147.
Neither substance has any clinical use in the EU.
The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) is the reference point on drugs and drug addiction information in Europe. Inaugurated in Lisbon in 1995, it is one of the EU's decentralised agencies.
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