It can be easy to think that marijuana possession is no big deal in the eyes of the law. If you’re under the age of 35, you grew up in a culture of famous musicians, movie stars, and even films and TV shows that openly celebrated marijuana use without people ever facing legal consequences for it. And in the past decade, many states have decriminalized marijuana by making it a civil citation like a parking ticket, or have legalized medical marijuana, or have legalized it altogether, like our neighboring state Colorado.
FBut if you think marijuana possession is no big deal in Oklahoma, you’re dead wrong. If you are arrested and convicted of marijuana possession in Oklahoma, you face serious criminal penalties, including jail time, not to mention the long-term consequences to your finances and career of having a criminal conviction on your record. The good news is that aggressive legal counsel is available in Oklahoma for marijuana possession, and criminal defense attorney Patrick Quillian – a former Oklahoma district attorney – and his team will fight to protect your rights and your future by working towards the best possible outcome in your marijuana possession case/h4>
The Penalties for Marijuana Possession in Oklahoma
For simple possession of marijuana, the first offense is a misdemeanor that can get you up to a year in prison, and a second possession for marijuana is a felony with a sentence of between 2 and 10 years in prison. Sale of any amount of marijuana in Oklahoma is a felony with a minimum prison sentence of 2 years and that can go all the way up life in prison for even a small amount.
FSimply put, Oklahoma is one of the strictest states in the country when it comes to marijuana possession. While other states may not make marijuana possession a crime at all, or may only give you a ticket, Oklahoma prosecutors can try and send you to prison for possession. In addition, with a guilty conviction, you can face:
Fines and court costs
Inability to obtain student loans
A criminal record that hurts your career choices
How to Fight Your Oklahoma Marijuana Possession Charges
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:
Because a criminal conviction for marijuana can be so damaging to your freedom and your future, it is important that you do everything you can to prevent a guilty verdict and/or a harsh sentence. That starts with working with experienced criminal defense counsel who will fight the charges against you, punch holes in the prosecutor’s case, and work towards your best outcome.
Oklahoma City criminal defense attorney Patrick Quillian worked as a Oklahoma district attorney, so he has the experience of working on the other side and understands how to best fight your case and work towards a dismissal of charges, not guilty verdict, or favorable agreement with reduction of penalties and charges. Contact the office of J. Patrick Quillian, Attorney at Law, today at 405.294.4448 to schedule a free consultation to see what his criminal defense team can do for you.