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.
In our state, a conviction for trafficking 28 to 300 grams of cocaine could result in a lengthy prison term as well as $25,000 to $100,000 in fines. Those convicted of trafficking in excess of 300 grams will also serve a lengthy prison term and will pay up to $500,000 in fines.
Even cocaine-related drug charges that do not trafficking can result in severe penalties upon conviction. Simple cocaine possession is a felony and can mean decades in prison. If the authorities believe that you were selling cocaine, the severity of the charges and the potential penalties will increase. In all situations, serving a long prison term is a very real possibility.
Taking immediate action in defense of your freedom is wise if you have been arrested on drug charges. Developing the best possible defense strategy is crucial, which usually means getting legal advice as soon as possible. We urge all Oklahoma residents to learn more by browsing our criminal defense web pages.