Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer
The state of Oklahoma is known for its tough drug laws. Even simple marijuana possession, in certain circumstances, can lead to a lengthy prison sentence. If you have been charged with a drug crime in Oklahoma, finding experienced and assertive defense representation is key to your success.
The drug defense lawyers with Phillips & Associates have built a reputation as the top criminal attorneys in the state. By aggressively challenging evidence and through assertive defense strategies, we have been able to secure favorable outcomes for our clients in state and federal courts. Whether you have been charged with misdemeanor possession or felony trafficking, you can count on our team of criminal defense attorneys to represent you with a commitment to doing whatever it takes to win your case. While no lawyer can ethically guarantee a dismissal or acquittal, we can promise you that we will handle your case with the utmost diligence. Our history of successful drug defense supports our dedication to achieving a positive result for our clients.
Effective Defense Representation in Drug Cases
Our experienced criminal defense attorneys represent Oklahomans accused of drug offenses ranging from possession of drug paraphernalia through federal trafficking charges. We argue before Oklahoma District Courts as well as United States District Courts, always working to protect the rights of the defendants we represent.
Cases we handle include:
Penalties for drug conviction range from a year or less in jail for misdemeanor crimes to life in prison for serious felony drug offenses. For a successful outcome, it is imperative to hire a defense lawyer who can protect you from overzealous prosecution and who can prevent your rights from being trampled during the investigation and trial. Illegal search and seizure of evidence could lead to a dismissal of the charges against you. Certain mitigating factors of your alleged offense may result in a reduction of any charges. Our attorneys will carefully analyze all evidence to uncover the best defense strategies for your particular case.
Oklahoma Drug Conviction Penalties
The criminal penalties for a drug conviction in Oklahoma depend on the crime with which a defendant was charged and other variables of the offense. For example, a first offense of marijuana possession for personal use would merit a lighter sentence than possession with intent to distribute. Trafficking charges are among the most serious offenses, and conviction may result in a life sentence. Potential penalties of drug conviction include:
- Felony conviction
- Mandatory drug testing
- Lengthy probation or parole
- Up to life in prison without the possibility of parole
- Loss of the right to possess firearms
If you have been charged with a drug crime, a defense attorney can help you understand the specific charge or charges against you and can explain any potential penalties associated with conviction. Phillips & Associates, we offer a free, confidential case analysis to individuals charged with drug possession, distribution, trafficking, and other drug crimes in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Drug Laws
The Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act enumerates the state drug laws found in Title 63, Chapter 2 of the Oklahoma statutes. Drug paraphernalia, such as glass tubes, pipes, and bongs, are defined in 63 O.S. § 2-101.1, and subsequent sections of the Public Health statutes outline laws regarding the illegal possession, manufacturing or cultivation, sale, and distribution of controlled dangerous substances including marijuana, prescription drugs, cocaine, heroin, crystal meth, and other illegal drugs.
Drug crimes and their associated penalties are outlined beginning § 2-401:
A. Except as authorized by the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act, it shall be unlawful for any person:
1. To distribute, dispense, transport with intent to distribute or dispense, possess with intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense, a controlled dangerous substance or to solicit the use of or use the services of a person less than eighteen (18) years of age to cultivate, distribute or dispense a controlled dangerous substance;
2. To create, distribute, transport with intent to distribute or dispense, or possess with intent to distribute, a counterfeit controlled dangerous substance; or
3. To distribute any imitation controlled substance as defined by Section 2-101 of this title, except when authorized by the Food and Drug Administration of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
The statutes define drug schedules and specific controlled substances in each, and they explicitly list potential penalties for the possession, distribution, and manufacture or cultivation of illegal drugs, illegally obtained prescription drugs, and synthetic drugs.
Drug Crime Defense Strategies
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to drug crime defense; each case is unique and the specific details and nature of the alleged offense must be carefully scrutinized to uncover the best possible strategies for defense.
However, there are certain common defense options that, when used appropriately, can provide a successful outcome for the defendant:
- Insufficient evidence
- Unreasonable search and seizure
- Illegally obtained evidence
- Police mistakes
- Alternatives to jail, including drug treatment programs and rehabilitation
- Reduced or amended charges
- Independent verification of drug tests
Our firm’s drug defense attorneys will offer wise legal counsel in helping you determine the best course of action for your case, whether that means negotiating a plea bargain and alternatives to keep you out of jail or aggressively defending your innocence at trial. Call (405) 418-8888 to schedule your free consultation with a highly-qualified and reputable Oklahoma drug defense lawyer.