Ponca City Drug Trafficking Crimes Attorney
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Drug trafficking is a serious offense in Oklahoma, and no matter which drug you were caught with—whether a Schedule I, III, or V—you stand to lose a lot. Depending on the type of drugs in your possession at the time of your arrest, you face anywhere from four years to life in prison.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for drug trafficking in Oklahoma, you need to speak with a Ponca City drug trafficking attorney right away. The authorities likely have convincing evidence against you; otherwise they would not have felt confident in making the arrest. Moreover, the prosecution will fight to seek the maximum penalties against you. An aggressive lawyer can build a strong defense that refutes the evidence against you and fight for your freedom on your behalf. Do not take a chance by letting a public defender fight for your freedom. Retain the help of a private attorney with proven results, such as the ones at Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker.
Penalties for Drug Trafficking in Oklahoma
Oklahoma laws are fairly strict in relation to those of other states, but its drug trafficking laws are possibly the harshest. Moreover, drug trafficking in Oklahoma does not necessarily mean what it does in other states. For instance, the possession of a single gram of PCP might be just that—a possession charge—in any other state. However, in Oklahoma, holding one gram of the substance is considered a trafficking offense and is punishable by at least four years in prison and a minimum fine of $20,000.
Oklahoma’s penalty schedule looks something like this:
- First offense punishable by four years to life in prison and fines ranging from $20,000 to $500,000;
- Second offense punishable by six years to life in prison and fines ranging from $20,000 to $500,000; and
- Third offense punishable by life in prison WITHOUT the possibility of parole and fines ranging from $20,000 to $500,000.
Trafficking charges in Oklahoma are ineligible for deferred sentences, suspended sentences, probation, or good behavior credits while in prison.
Trafficking charges are taken very seriously in the Sooner State, which is why you need to take them seriously as well. Retain the help of an attorney who is experienced in dealing with drug crimes and who can dedicate the time and resources necessary to build a viable defense.
When Possession Becomes Trafficking
As we mentioned above, it does not require much for possession of a substance to become a trafficking offense in Oklahoma. In fact, many people are surprised to be charged with trafficking considering how little they had on their person at the time of arrest. Some quantities of controlled substances that may trigger OK’s drug trafficking statutes include:
- Possession of 28 grams of powder cocaine;
- Possession of 20 grams of methamphetamine;
- Possession of 10 grams of heroin;
- Possession of 5 grams of crack cocaine; or
- Possession of 1 ounce of PCP.
Possession of larger quantities may result in aggravated trafficking charges.
Call a Ponca City Drug Trafficking Defense Attorney
If you were charged with drug trafficking in Oklahoma, anywhere from four years to the remainder of your life may be at stake. Do not take your chance on a state-appointed attorney. Call the experienced Ponca City drug trafficking lawyers at Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker instead. Call now to schedule your free consultation.