Possession of a Controlled Substance
(Less than One Ounce Marijuana)
Under Oregon law conviction for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana results in a fine of at least $500.00 plus statutory assessments. Upon conviction defendant's driving privileges are suspended for six months unless there are compelling reasons why defendant's driving privileges should not be suspended.
YOU MUST APPEAR IN PERSON IF CHARGED WITH THIS OFFENSE. You may contact the court and ask to waive personal appearance, and request IN WRITING that you appear by affidavit rather than in person. If you are found guilty of this charge you will be notified by the court of your conviction and the amount of your fine. Your fine and assessments are immediately due unless you make arrangements with the court for monthly payments.
You have the right in violation cases to plead guilty, not guilty or no contest. You have the right to hire an attorney, subpoena witnesses, and cross-examine witnesses against you including the arresting officer. You may testify in your own behalf, but you have the right against self-incrimination. You do not have to testify. You have the right to have the State prove the case against you at trial.
You also may be eligible for the marijuana diversion program. If you would like to enter the diversion program, the paperwork and information on that program is available from the court or it is available below.
If you would like to enter that program, you may complete the application and send it to the court. If you successfully complete diversion, the violation will be dismissed and your license will not be suspended. IF YOU DO NOT COMPLETE DIVERSION YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO APPEAR IN COURT AGAIN AND MAY BE ORDERED TO PAY THE FINE AND HAVE THE LICENSE SUSPENSION IMPOSED, if convicted.
If you have any legal questions you should see an attorney. The court is unable to give you any legal advice.