Portland Criminal Defense

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Law Office of
John E. Gutbezahl, LLC

5 Centerpointe Drive Suite 400
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035

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Portland Drug Possession Charges

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Attorney Representation in Portland, Oregon for over 15 years

Many drug possession charges trace their origin to a simple traffic stop from which a search of the vehicle or persons inside yields evidence of this crime. The first line of defense therefore for any citizen of Oregon or Washington is to refuse to assent to such warrantless searches and to not allow oneself to be intimidated into relinquishing your right to the security of your person, papers, or effects as protected under the Fourth Amendment to our Constitution.

The second line of defense, should you have the misfortune to be charged with a drug related offense, is to acquire the services of a knowledgeable Oregon criminal defense attorney. In the current climate under which our judicial systems operate one cannot confidently depend upon the criminal justice system to uphold and defend your civil rights. Political pressure from both above and below on prosecutors and judges to get tough on crime has not favored the criminal defendant. Now, more than ever, it is of prime importance to retain the services of a experienced Oregon criminal defense lawyer.

Drug Crime Defense Law Office History

A professional defense team such as we have at the Law Offices of John E. Gutbezahl can mean all the vast difference between a lengthy jail sentence/probationary period or walking away from those charges a free individual and with an unblemished criminal record. At the Law Offices of John E. Gutbezahl our staff of Portland criminal defense attorneys have been successfully representing people charged with drug related criminal offenses for over seventeen years now in the State and Federal courts of both Oregon and Washington.

John E. Gutbezahl handles domestic violence cases in Portland as well.

Since 2006, the Oregon criminal defense attorney team at The Law Offices of John E. Gutbezahl has dedicated itself to the delivery of a friendly and highly effective level of personal service to insure that our clients achieve the best possible outcome in their case. Our reputation as aggressive and skilled Oregon criminal defense trial lawyers helps us leverage those hard-won talents to negotiate for reduced charges or oftentimes outright dismissals on behalf of our clients.


Among the drug charges that we routinely handle are violations related to the following controlled substances:

We also defend from so-called "white collar" crimes that are related to drugs and drug trafficking such as money laundering and criminal conspiracy. We are particularly adept at preserving client’s reputations and maintain a close working relationship with them in order to reduce the consequences of an arrest and manage media correspondence if we are called upon to so do.

While the liberalization of marijuana laws has broadened the horizons of freedom somewhat, it still remains a landscape littered with land mines upon which the unwary might tread. A license to legally grow medical marijuana may now be acquired by Oregon residents but this fact alone provides no exemption from criminal liability. You may be charged if you establish your operation before your license has been approved, if you deliver marijuana to an individual who does not possess a valid prescription, or grow a greater number of plants than provided for under the statutes. In some cases the charges may even rise to the level of a Federal offense if the drug finds its way across state lines or if it turns out that one or more individuals involved in your grow operation have prior convictions or are currently on probation. In view of the multiple levels upon which these offenses have been cast it is wise to consult the services of a skilled Oregon criminal defense attorney to help you negotiate a statutory plain so fraught with legal land mines. If you have been charged as in violation of one of these new statutes or have a question regarding the application of such laws to your grow operation, feel free to consult us at the Law Office of John E Gutbezahl, LLC.

Our Oregon criminal defense team at the Law Office of John E. Gutbezahl is dedicated to your freedom and your well being. Our history of aggressive defense representation speaks for itself and has proven to be highly effective over the past seventeen years of practice in Oregon and Washington. Schedule your free initial consultation with one of our Oregon criminal defense lawyers by phone at 503-594-1919. You have nothing to loose and everything to gain.