Measure 110 went into effect in February of 2021. What exactly did this measure do? Let’s discuss Measure 110’s effect on criminal drug charges.
Changes Due to Measure 110
Many individuals across the country face criminal charges for possessing a relatively low amount of a controlled substance. This includes marijuana, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and more. Measure 110 took action to decrease the penalties for people carrying a personal amount of these substances. Essentially, Measure 110 decriminalized simple possession of many controlled substances.
Now, instead of facing misdemeanor possession charges, defendants will be charged with a violation. This requires them to pay a $100 fine and is not a criminal charge. There is no risk of jail time with a violation.
Additionally, Measure 110 decreased some felony drug charges to misdemeanors. For example, possession of more than two grams of cocaine was reduced from a Class C felony to a Class A misdemeanor. This change significantly decreases the effects of a conviction and penalties for the defendant.
It’s important to note that commercial drug offenses are not decriminalized or reduced under Measure 110. If the defendant possessed a small amount of a controlled substance with the intent to sell or distribute, this would remain a criminal offense, not a violation.
Benefits of Measure 110
This change has many benefits:
- Focus on treatment
- Decreases the number of citizens incarcerated
- Saves some individuals from a mark on their criminal record
- Expansion of support services for individuals suffering from substance abuse disorder
Drug Crimes Defense in Medford, Oregon
Measure 110 is a great start, but many Oregonians will still be charged with drug offenses every day. If you are accused of a drug crime resulting in misdemeanor, felony, or federal charges, contact The Law Office of Justin Rosas to get started on your defense. We want to help fight for you, your freedom, and your future.