Oklahoma has some of the toughest drug laws in the nation, and being arrested for an offense such as drug possession, drug distribution, or drug trafficking can lead to serious legal consequences. Oklahoma drug crimes may be charged as misdemeanors, as is generally the case in first offense marijuana possession, or as felonies, as in the case of possession with intent to distribute. While felony drug crimes are subject to mandatory minimum sentences in Oklahoma, even misdemeanor drug crimes carry the potential for up to one year in jail.
Federal and Oklahoma Drug Laws
Being charged with a drug offense in Oklahoma does not have to lead to a drug conviction. Oklahoma City drug defense lawyer Patrick Quillian has the resources, skills, and knowledge to aggressively defend you against criminal drug charges. Whether you are charged as an adult or a juvenile offender, with misdemeanor possession or felony trafficking, Patrick Quillian can provide the effective legal representation you need to bring your case to a favorable resolution.
Though most drug charges are prosecuted in Oklahoma district courts, certain drug offenses violate the United States criminal code and are prosecuted in federal courts by U.S. District Attorneys. In a federal drug case, the prosecution is supported by evidence obtained through investigations conducted by specialized governmental agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). If you are charged with a federal drug crime, it is important to find a drug crime defense attorney who is an experienced federal criminal lawyer in Oklahoma.
Drug Convictions in Oklahoma
Oklahoma City drug defense lawyer Patrick Quillian is an experienced defender who is recognized by the federal government as a Criminal Justice Act Panel member. He provides skillful defense against misdemeanor, felony, and federal drug charges, including:
Generally the only distinguishing characteristic between a charge of drug possession and a charge of possession with intent to distribute is the amount of the substance in possession. Possession with intent to distribute is an Oklahoma felony drug charge punishable by a minimum sentence of two years in prison. Although the minimum sentence for possession with intent to distribute is dependent on the type of drug involved, the maximum sentence is always life in prison, even on the first offense. Though a charge of possession with intent to distribute may be based on quantity alone, an Oklahoma City drug possession lawyer may be able to successfully negotiate a lesser charge of possession, particularly if there is no other evidence of intent to distribute, such as scales, lab equipment, packing materials, large quantities of drugs or cash, or cell phone evidence. In some cases, an attorney may be able to have your case completely dismissed due to illegal police procedures, such as illegal search and seizure.
If you have been charged with drug possession, drug distribution, drug trafficking, or another drug crime in Oklahoma City, contact attorney Patrick Quillian for solid legal defense.