Drug Crime Defense Lawyers Represent Rogers County Clients
Assertive Oklahoma firm handles cases related to controlled substances
Laws addressing controlled substances have undergone significant changes around the country and in Oklahoma over the past several years. Though some punishments have been eased for possession-related offenses, you could still wind up facing a prison sentence of several years even if you’re holding or distributing a relatively small amount of drugs. From our office in Claremore, Price and Sears, P.C. offers tough, tested legal defense for area clients who have been charged with the unlawful possession, sale and manufacturing of a controlled dangerous substance. We also advocate on behalf of clients in related actions, such as cases where a motorist is accused of driving while under the influence of drugs.
Claremore attorneys advise people accused of possession and intent to sell
Most drug-related state crimes fall under Oklahoma’s Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act. We not only have a deep understanding of the statutory language, but also the practical considerations judges take into account when deciding whether to incarcerate someone who’s convicted or look for an alternative that might be more productive, such as a substance abuse treatment program. Our firm advocates on behalf of clients facing drug-related charges stemming from alleged:
- Possession — Simple possession of an unlawful controlled substance is a misdemeanor that could carry a jail sentence of up to one year. Though Oklahoma does have a substantial medical marijuana market, possession without proper authorization remains a crime.
- Intent to sell — If government authorities believe that you are holding controlled dangerous substances with the intent to sell them, you could be facing a felony count, punishable by at least two years in prison. Various types of evidence might be used to support a Possession with Intent to Distribute prosecution and an innocent conversation or the presence of an everyday household item might lead to an unjust overcharge. From the outset, we vigorously oppose excessive charging decisions that seem less supported by evidence than the prosecutor’s desire to coerce a guilty plea.
- Driving under the influence of drugs — We are accomplished DUI defense attorneys and also handle cases where motorists are charged with driving under the influence of drugs. Though the penalties are the same as what someone gets when they’re intoxicated by alcohol, these cases can be tougher on defendants. While drivers 21 and over can usually have a drink without exceeding the legal limit, any detectable Schedule I controlled dangerous substance (including opiates such as heroin and Ecstasy) can trigger a DUI-D arrest.
Drug cases are frequently predicated on faulty assumptions or improperly gathered evidence. We don’t take the claims of authorities at face value, but work to unearth information that can bolster our clients’ defense.
Seasoned litigators counter serious allegations of drug trafficking
Drug trafficking is a more serious charge than Possession with Intent to Distribute. The mandatory minimum is four years in prison and certain circumstances can cause the sentence run much longer. To support a trafficking charge, a certain volume of a controlled substance must be found. Qualifying amounts for specific drugs include:
- Marijuana —25 pounds
- Cocaine — 28 grams
- Methamphetamine — 20 grams
- Morphine — 1,000 grams
- Heroin — 10 grams
Federal charges can also be brought in trafficking cases. No matter what court you’re in, allegations of this type must be treated with the utmost seriousness. We don’t back down when defending our clients’ rights and develop creative strategies to obtain dismissals, acquittals and reduced charges.
Contact an effective Oklahoma drug crime defense lawyer to set up a free consultation
Located in Claremore, Price and Sears, P.C. defends Oklahomans who have been charged with drug-related criminal offenses. Please call 918-379-4676 or contact us online to discuss your case in a free initial consultation.