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Oklahoma, like all states, treats each drug possession case differently. Factors that may affect a case include the type of drug with which a person was caught, the amount of drugs in a person’s possession, and the reason for possessing drugs in the first place.
Oklahoma classifies controlled dangerous substance (CDS) crimes into five “Schedules,” with Schedule I reserved for the most dangerous drugs—or those with a high probability of abuse and addiction—and Schedule V reserved for the least dangerous drugs, or those with an increase in recognized medical uses. Under each Schedule, penalties and charges are outlined for various types of offenses, including possession, distribution, intent to distribute, manufacturing, and so on.
If you were arrested and charged with a drug crime in Oklahoma, call the Ponca City drug crimes attorneys at Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker for immediate legal assistance today. Depending on the nature of your crime and the substance for which you were arrested, you could face serious penalties.
Penalties by Class
Oklahoma’s drug laws can be found in Oklahoma’s Code under 63 Okl. Stat. Ann. § § 2-204 to 212 . If you are curious as to what type of charges await you, you should start your research there. That said, it is important to note that you cannot possess any sort of CDS without a valid medical prescription, even those in Schedule V.
Schedule I or II CDS Possession
If you were caught with a Schedule I or II drug, which includes opiates, opium derivatives, hallucinogenic substances, depressants, cocaine, and a host of other substances found here, you face a fine of up to $5,000, at least two years in prison (but up to five), or both. A second or subsequent offense of similar magnitude may result in up to $10,000 in fines, up to 20 years in prison, or both.
Schedule III, IV, or V CDS Possession
Schedule III substances are compounds containing stimulants or depressants such as GHB products and anabolic steroids. Schedule IV substances are usually prescription medications that contain abuse quantities of certain narcotics, and Schedule V are generally substances containing limited amounts of non-narcotic active medicinal ingredients such as codeine and opium.
If you were caught with a Schedule III, IV, or V drug, you may receive a fine of up to $1,000, up to one year in jail, or both. Second or subsequent offenses are subject to a fine of up to $5,000, a minimum of two years in prison but as many as ten, or both.
Enhanced Drug Crimes
Any drug crime may be enhanced if committed near a school. If you are caught in possession of or trying to distribute any sort of CDS, whether Schedule I or V, within 1,000 feet of a school, recreation area, public park, or in the presence of a child 12 years or younger, the penalty is doubled. This means that if you are a first time Schedule IV CDS offender, you face a minimum of two years in jail and a minimum fine of $2,000. However, if you were charged with a Schedule I substance offense, you face a minimum fine of $10,000 and anywhere from four to 40 years in prison.
Subsequence offenses of purchase or possession near a school or children may incur up to three times the prison time, an additional fine of $10,000, or both.
When to Call a Ponca City Drug Crimes Attorney
If you were arrested for CDS possession in Oklahoma, you face serious jail time and sky-high fines, both of which can negatively impact your future. Do not risk your future and call the Ponca City drug crimes lawyers at Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker to discuss your options today.