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FAQ: Drug Charges 

The Handley Law Center Feb. 5, 2024

According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, in 2020, 11,797 adults in the state were arrested for a drug-related offense. For the average person, drug charges are difficult to understand and even harder to defend against in court. When you're faced with such charges, the uncertainty and stress tend to feel overwhelming.

We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions to provide some clarity about this complex subject. If you're dealing with a drug-related legal issue, reach out to us for trusted legal advice that is tailored to your specific situation.  

I just want this to go away. Should I accept a plea deal?  

We get it. It's natural to want this whole situation behind you. But before you jump at the first offer, it's important to understand that a plea deal might not always be in your best interests. Each case is unique and requires careful consideration. It's crucial to consult with a drug crime defense lawyer before making any decisions.  

Can I be charged for driving under the influence of drugs?  

Absolutely, you can. In the state of Oklahoma, driving under the influence of drugs (DUI) is treated with the same level of seriousness as driving under the influence of alcohol. The legal penalties for such offenses can be quite severe, including:

  • hefty fines

  • suspension of driving privileges

  • mandatory drug education programs

  • even potential jail time

When are police allowed to search my person, vehicle, or home?  

This is a complex area of law that requires careful consideration. Generally speaking, police officers are required to have probable cause or obtain a warrant in order to conduct a search.

These requirements are in place to protect individuals' rights and ensure that searches are conducted lawfully. However, it's important to note that there are exceptions to these general rules, such as situations where there is an immediate threat to public safety or when evidence is at risk of being destroyed.  

What are the possible penalties for being convicted of a drug crime?  

The penalties for drug crimes in Oklahoma vary greatly depending on the nature of the offense, the type of drug involved, and whether you have previous convictions. Sentences can include fines, imprisonment, or both.

What are possible defenses to drug charges?  

There are several potential defenses to drug charges, including challenging the legality of the search and seizure, the handling of evidence, or the reliability of tests and testimony. Our experienced attorneys, well-versed in criminal law, can thoroughly evaluate your case to identify the best possible defense strategy tailored specifically to your unique circumstances.  

Do I need an attorney to defend me?  

While it's technically possible to represent yourself in legal matters, it's not something we'd recommend. The criminal justice system is incredibly complex, with specific procedures, rules, and nuances that can be challenging to work through without proper expertise.

Moreover, the stakes are high, as the outcome of your case can have long-lasting implications on your personal and professional life. By having a team of experienced criminal attorneys on your side, you can significantly increase your chances of achieving a favorable outcome.  

What is considered drug trafficking in Oklahoma?  

Drug trafficking refers to the illicit activities related to the production, transportation, and sale of controlled substances. It encompasses the manufacturing, distribution, or possession with intent to distribute specific quantities of drugs that are deemed illegal.

The threshold quantities that classify an act as drug trafficking differ depending on the type and classification of the substance involved. Our knowledgeable team can offer comprehensive guidance and information, ensuring that you have a complete understanding of the topic. 

How does The Handley Law Center help individuals facing drug charges?  

Our firm is committed to providing aggressive and effective representation for individuals facing drug charges. We work tirelessly to investigate every aspect of your case, develop a strong defense strategy, and advocate for your rights in court.  

Seek Trusted Legal Counsel

Remember, every situation is unique and requires personalized legal advice. If you're facing drug charges in Oklahoma, don't hesitate to reach out to us at The Handley Law Center. We're here to guide you every step of the way, providing the professional and unwavering support you need during this challenging time.

Our skilled defense attorneys can offer trusted legal services, answer any additional questions you may have, and help you work toward achieving the best outcome for your case. We proudly serve clients throughout the state, including Custer, Blaine, Kingfisher, and Caddo counties.