What You Need to Know About Drug Crimes in Oklahoma
March 15, 2023
Possession of Minor Drugs & Allegations of Intent to Sell or Distribute Drugs in Oklahoma
We specialize in representing defendants facing all of these different charges from the smallest misdemeanor to the largest felony aggravated trafficking case.
Getting caught with drugs is a serious matter in Oklahoma, but what is even more serious is if you or your loved one are not properly represented by experienced counsel. If you are convicted of drug possession or intent to sell or distribute drugs in Oklahoma, the effects can be detrimental to your permanent record, which could include:
Criminal Charges Loss of Government Benefits, Licenses, or Employment Civil Penalties Denial of Right to Vote Suspension of License Jail Time Fines
In Oklahoma, drugs or controlled substances are categorized under various schedules. Schedule I drugs may include marijuana, morphine, peyote, mescaline, and LSD. Schedule II drugs may include codeine, methadone, cocaine, and other opiates. Schedule III drugs include barbituric acid or anabolic steroids. Schedule IV drug examples are Ativan, Valium, or Xanax. Lastly, Schedule V drugs are medications containing narcotics.
Drug Laws Occasionally Change so It’s Important That You Know Your Rights Every Step of The Way.
Drug trafficking can have harsh consequences, that’s why you need a strong defense team on your side to make sure that you are treated fairly and that you have the best outcome possible. Review the information below to gain a better understanding of Oklahoma drug trafficking laws and what you could potentially be up against.
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The severity of your offense is dependent on the level of violation of the drug laws in place. Let’s begin by breaking down the degrees of charges. If you are simply caught with possession of drugs and it is your first offense, you will likely be charged with a misdemeanor. However, if the claim is possession, sale, distribution, cultivation, and fabrication of substances, this is considered drug trafficking in which case you will be facing a felony charge. Careful not to confuse trafficking with distribution charges as trafficking is a greater crime. Intent to distribute can be determined through the presence of small amounts of drugs in accordance with large amounts of cash. Distribution involves the transportation and sale of controlled substances while trafficking focuses on the quantity. From this, we understand that the amount of drugs in possession has a direct link to the charge because oftentimes that is the main indicator for law enforcement to conclude trafficking. Common misconceptions harbor the belief that the substance in itself is the determinate of the charge given. Contrary to this belief, the claim of drug trafficking can be made with any illegal substance such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, opiates, and methamphetamines. No matter the circumstance, drug trafficking is a felony that could result in anywhere from four years to life in prison and substantial fines up to $500,000. The number of previous offenses can also be taken into account when sentencing.
Wondering What Amounts Qualify as Grounds to Claim Drug Trafficking?
This is what Oklahoma’s Trafficking in Illegal Drugs Act states
Crack Cocaine- 5 grams
PCP- approximately 28 grams
MDMA- 10 grams
Hydrocodone- 3,750 grams
Oxycodone- 400 grams
Morphine- 1,000 grams
Marijuana- 25 pounds
Heroin- 10 grams
Methamphetamine- 20 grams
Amphetamine- 20 grams
LSD- 50 doses
Cocaine- 28 grams
In the event you are approached by officers, keep in mind your right to a lawyer and contact our law office immediately. Without a warrant, officers are not at liberty to search and seize which is why we recommend not giving consent to search and not divulging any information regarding your circumstance. Whatever you say or do can be used against you in a court of law.
There have been cases of false claims where citizens have been victims of confiscation due to unlawful traffic stops where their rights have been violated and their money or other assets were seized. If this is your case, you could highly benefit from a trained, knowledgeable drag lawyer fighting for you. If this is not your situation and you were justifiably charged, that is all the more reason that you need an aggressive defense team on your side. Whether you have done the crime or not, you still deserve to have your rights protected and that is what our firm prides itself on fighting for – your rights. If you or someone you know was unknowingly associated with an individual or possessions related to drug profits he/she could be in need of legal defense as well. Contact us today to see what we can do to help.