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A cocaine trafficking conviction will definitely change your life

Of all the drug charges an Oklahoma citizen could face, trafficking is one of the most serious. From police officers to prosecutors to politicians, everyone views drug trafficking in an extremely harsh light. When trafficking charges involve serious drugs like heroin or cocaine, the stakes rise even higher for the defendant.

As defense lawyers, we know that charges of trafficking hard drugs require a great amount of work to overcome. We have seen many worst case scenarios (e.g. a life in prison sentence) happen when defendants do not actively defend themselves against drug charges. Without a proper criminal defense, a trafficking conviction could result in the following penalties.

Attorneys have rested their case in Oklahoma murder trial

Was it an abhorrent case of hate escalating into murder, or a case of lack of mental capacity resulting in death? These are two questions the jury in an Oklahoma murder trial may soon try to answer. The attorneys rested their case on Tuesday in the trial regarding the murder of a Lebanese man, but the jury will reportedly return today for further proceedings.

If you are not familiar with this case, you will have to go back to 2016 for details. On Aug. 12 of that year, the defendant allegedly shot and killed a 37-year-old Lebanese-American man after years of verbally harassing the entire family. Reports also indicate that the defendant purposely struck the victim's 65-year-old grandmother with his car several months earlier.

Did you discuss abuse of prescription drugs before college?

Even though you would like to believe that the University of Oklahoma campus is drug-free, you understand that not everyone follows the rules. Like most other Oklahoma parents, you probably discussed staying away from illegal drugs before you sent your college student to OU here in Norman.

What you may not have realized is that the abuse of prescription drugs has risen among college students across the country, and the potential exists at OU as well.

What you need to know about felony DUI charges in Oklahoma

Many residents are not aware that sometimes DUI charges may be felonies instead of misdemeanors. This lack of knowledge leaves them completely unprepared for the aftermath of a DUI arrest. While any DUI charges are serious, felony DUI means the defendant will face more severe penalties should a conviction occur. The following sections offer some basic points about felony DUI charges in Oklahoma.

Felony DUI charges may occur for a variety of reasons. Most first arrest for drunk driving are classified as misdemeanors. However, subsequent DUI arrests may be treated as felonies. The penalties associated with felony drunk driving are harsh. Following a mandatory alcohol evaluation and assessment, possible penalties can include many years of incarceration as well as costly fines. Sometimes, a court may waive these penalties if the defendant complies with recommended treatment programs.

What are the penalties associated with hash in Oklahoma?

Attitudes toward marijuana have been changing quickly in recent years. Marijuana laws across the nation are changing as well, but not as fast. You should always take care to make sure you understand the current law.

As discussed previously in this blog, it is still a crime to possess marijuana in the state of Oklahoma. The following information will talk about drug charges associated with hash, which is derived from marijuana.

Is it still illegal to possess marijuana in Oklahoma?

Across the nation, many states have adopted a more lenient approach to the use and possession of marijuana. Some states have even legalized the controlled use of cannabis. While Oklahoma has reduced the severity of marijuana charges, it is still illegal to possess this substance. As such, facing any kind of marijuana charges could have a deep and long lasting effect on your life.

The following sections describe how the state currently addresses the possession, sale and trafficking of marijuana.

  • A first offense conviction for possessing marijuana is a misdemeanor, resulting in up to one year in jail or a $10,000 fine.
  • Subsequent marijuana possession charges are a felony and could mean two to ten years in jail and a fine of up to $25,000.
  • A conviction of possessing marijuana near a school or in the presence of a child can double or even triple the penalties discussed above.
  • A first conviction for selling marijuana is a felony and punishable by two to ten years of jail time and/or a $5,000 fine.
  • Subsequent convictions for selling the substance typically results in doubling the penalties.
  • A drug trafficking conviction involving marijuana will result in many thousands of dollars in fines as well as other penalties.

Yes, it is really worth it to work with a DUI attorney

The stakes are higher than ever for those facing DUI charges in Oklahoma. More and more states are taking a severe stance against drunk driving and our state is no exception.

Even a first offense for DUI will have a significant effect on your life if you are convicted. This means paying costly fines, facing the possibility of mandatory DUI educational programs or even having to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle.

3 effects a DUI conviction could have on employment

When a mistake has the ability to seriously affect your life, you may wonder if there are any steps you could take to lessen the negative effects that could result. In some cases, the damage may already be done, and you simply have to live with the consequences. However, in certain situations, you may have the chance to work towards avoiding long-term or even permanent outcomes.

If a police officer stopped you on suspicions that you were driving under the influence, you may have immediately felt your heart begin to race. A DUI is a serious mark on your record, and it could severely impact certain areas of your life, especially when it comes to current and potential employment.

Choosing the right defense for first degree murder charges

It is all too easy for those facing serious murder or homicide charges in Oklahoma to lose hope about the future. While first degree murder is indeed a very serious charge, there are defense avenues to explore that might make all the difference in your case. Instead of giving up hope and giving in to your possible fate, consider talking with a lawyer and exploring your options.

The state of Oklahoma takes a serious approach to murder or homicide charges. This means that you also need to adopt a serious approach. When you sit down with your defense attorney, make sure the two of you leave no stone unturned.

Oklahoma drug courts give offenders a second chance

In 1995, the first adult drug court program was started in Oklahoma. Since then, 73 counties in the state have started similar programs. Only four counties do not have drug court programs available.

Drug courts offer offenders a chance to participate in a court-supervised drug treatment program that is highly-structured. The alternative to this program is incarceration. Not everyone who is facing drug charges in Oklahoma is eligible for the program, though. Only non-violent felony offenders who meet other criteria are eligible to participate in these programs.

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