If you’ve been charged with a drug offense, it’s important to know that you haven’t yet been convicted of a crime. Contact a drug attorney in Oklahoma City to try to get your charges reduced or dismissed in court.
The moment you get arrested for a drug offense can be scary and unsettling. You may immediately lose hope in what the future has in store for you because you may assume that an arrest will lead to a conviction. It’s important to remember, however, that you have the right to fight your charges in court. With the help of an experienced defense attorney, in some cases you can even get your charges dismissed.
If you don’t get your charges dismissed, the conviction can stay on your record for life. Even a misdemeanor criminal charge can make it harder for you to obtain a job or seek housing in the future in Oklahoma City. Worst of all, society will label you as a criminal without always giving you a chance to explain yourself for the crime you committed. No matter how much time has passed, the stigma will remain.
At Talley Turner Bertman, our attorneys have dealt with numerous drug cases and know their way around the criminal court system. We can build a strong defense to combat the prosecution and let the jury know that your charges either weren’t warranted or were a simple mistake. An Oklahoma city drug lawyer can be the key to making sure your record stays clean and you stay out of jail.
In Oklahoma, you can be charged for many drug-related offenses. Drug possession is one of the most common charges, but there’s also drug distribution, drug trafficking, drug manufacturing, intent to distribute, driving under the influence, and more. Because there are so many charges, it can be easier than you think to get charged with a drug offense without knowing you’re doing something illegal.
Not only are there different types of drug charges depending on the illegal activities taking place, but the charges will vary depending on what type of drug is involved, how much of the drug is involved, and whether this is your first, second, or third offense.
Controlled dangerous substances (CDSs) are categorized by Schedule I, II, III, IV, and V drugs. Schedule I drugs include LSD, MDMA, heroin, and hallucinogenic drugs. Schedule II drugs include hydrocodone, oxycodone, cocaine, amphetamines, and PCP. Marijuana is a Schedule I drug but is penalized less severely with other lesser drugs in the Schedule III, IV, and V categories.
Unlike most states, which separate criminal charges into a class system based on severity, Oklahoma simply has misdemeanors and felonies, with a variety of penalties relating to each specific offense. For example, if you’re charged with first-offense Schedule I drug possession, you’ll be charged with a felony and can spend up to five years in prison and pay up to $5,000 in fines.
Second offenses for the same crime can increase the penalties exponentially. If you’re caught with a second Schedule I drug possession, you can spend between four and fifteen years in prison and pay up to $10,000 in fines.
Other drug penalties in Oklahoma include:
It’s no secret that a drug conviction can negatively affect your life in a variety of ways, but you may not realize that even a misdemeanor charge, which you may think is minor, can leave a lasting mark on your record and your reputation. This charge will show up on your permanent record every time a background check is run on you, and assumptions can easily be made.
You may think it’s a hassle to hire a criminal defense lawyer to fight a drug charge, but it can keep you from being seen as a delinquent for one mistake you made years in the past. This is your one chance to get these charges reduced or dropped so that, in the future, you can move forward with a clean slate.
Hiring an experienced drug lawyer in Oklahoma City will be the key to ensuring your defense is strong when you go to trial. There are multiple strategies your lawyer can use to build your case and fight against the prosecution. For example, if you’ve been charged with drug possession, your lawyer can try to prove that the drugs weren’t yours or possibly show that you weren’t aware of the drugs being there.
Your attorney can also try to identify any errors in the police investigation of your case, which can effectively dismiss your charges. All it takes to reduce or dismiss your charges is to put reasonable doubt in the minds of the jury.
Going to trial for your criminal charges can be intimidating because there’s no guarantee that you’ll win; however, not fighting your charges will guarantee that you lose, so there’s no reason to fear the court system. It’s understandable to have questions and concerns when the legal process feels foreign, which is why we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions below.
If you have more questions regarding your case in particular, feel free to call us and schedule a free consultation. We’d be happy to discuss your drug charges in greater detail.
You can be charged with drug possession if drugs are found in your vehicle, but in this case, your drug lawyer in Oklahoma City will fight to prove that these drugs weren’t yours. Together, we can build a strong case in your defense and show the prosecution that you had no knowledge of the drugs being in your possession.
Depending on what the prosecution offers, plea bargaining can be a great compromise between the prosecution and the defense. Oftentimes, a plea bargain will involve a reduction in charges and penalties for your crime and may also include getting the crime expunged from your record at a later date; however, it will mean an initial conviction.
The state of Oklahoma has expungement laws in place that allow both misdemeanor and nonviolent felony charges to be removed from your record after a certain period of time if you stay out of trouble. The period for misdemeanors is five years, and the period for nonviolent felonies is seven years.
If you’ve been charged with a criminal offense, there’s still hope for you to fight the charges and possibly get them reduced or dismissed. With the help of a drug attorney from Talley Turner Bertman, you’ll be in good hands as you go to court and build up a strong defense against the prosecution.
If you’re ready to speak with an Oklahoma City drug lawyer today, you can schedule a no-obligation consultation by filling out the contact form below or by calling 405-254-8548.
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