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If you were charged with a drug crime in Osage County, your immediate and long-term future is at stake, as a conviction for possession, distribution, manufacturing, or trafficking almost always results in jail time and a hefty fine. This is true even for first time offenders. The best thing you can do is treat the charges as the serious matter they are and retain the help of an aggressive and experienced drug charges defense lawyer in Osage County.
The consequences of a drug crime conviction vary from circumstance to circumstance and are dependent upon a number of factors, including the amount of drugs in a person’s possession, the drug in question, and the reason for possession. That said, Oklahoma courts use a “Schedule” system to classify controlled dangerous substances (CDS) and guide them to a punishment worthy of the crime. Schedule I drugs are those with the highest probability of abuse and addiction, while Schedule V drugs are the least dangerous, and those with an increase in recognized medical uses. Penalties and charges vary from Schedule to Schedule and are further broken down within Schedules to detail the type of offense (possession, distribution, intent to distribute, and so on).
If you were arrested and charged with a drug crime in Oklahoma, contact the Osage County drug crimes attorneys at BDIW Law, to begin building your defense today. Depending the type of drug with which you were arrested and your reason for possessing the drug, you could face serious jail time and up to $10,000 in fines.
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Penalties for Drug Crimes Vary by Class
You can find Oklahoma’s detailed drug laws under 63 Okl. Stat. Ann. § § 2-204 to 212 . Below is a brief summary of what the charges mean and what type of punishment a conviction carries for each Schedule.
Schedule I or II CDS Possession
Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous and include opiates, opium derivatives, depressants, cocaine, and hallucinogenic substances, among others. If charged and convicted of a Schedule I possession, you face up to five years in prison (but no less than two), a $5,000 fine, or both. If this is not your first offense, you face up to 20 years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.
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Schedule III, IV, V CDS Possession
Schedule II, IV, and V drugs are considered the least dangerous and include compounds containing stimulants, depressants, steroids, or GHB products. Schedule IV substances are typically prescription medications that contain abuse quantities of certain narcotics, while Schedule V are those that contain minimal amounts of non-narcotic active medicinal ingredients, such as opium or codeine.
If you were caught with a Schedule III, IV, or V drug for which you do not possess a prescription, you may receive up to one year in jail, up to $1,000 in fines, or both. If you are a subsequent offender, a conviction may mean no less than two years in jail but as many as 10, up to $5,000 in fines, or both.
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Enhanced Drug Crimes
Any drug crime, no matter how lightly it would be treated in other circumstances, is considered “enhanced” if committed near a school or school-aged children. Whether the drug in your possession was a Schedule I or a Schedule V, if you were within 1,000 feet of a school, public park, recreation area, or in the presence of a child 12 years or younger, the penalty is doubled. Depending on the type of drug and number of offenses committed, you risk a sentence of anywhere from two to 40 years in jail or prison and a fine of between $2,000 and $10,000. For subsequent offenders who receive an enhanced charge, the penalty may be tripled.
Contact an Osage County Drug Charged Attorney
If you were arrested for and charged with a drug crime in Oklahoma, your future is at stake. Contact BDIW Law to discuss your case and possible defenses. Call us at our firm at 580-789-4936 to schedule your free consultation today.
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