MARIJUANA CHARGES

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Although there is a national push to legalize marijuana, it is still illegal in Oklahoma to possess, distribute or grow marijuana.

If you are charged with a marijuana offense you need a skilled criminal attorney to argue in your defense.  Did the police have a right to search your car or your home? Did the police have the right to pat you down? If the marijuana was found in the car but it wasn’t mine, can I still be charged? Can the prosecution prove that the substance is marijuana?  I will evaluate your case and answer these questions.

I will make sure your rights are protected from overzealous prosecutors and law enforcement. Let my experience guide you and inform you of the best way to proceed. I will fight to make sure that you are treated fairly in court and given a chance to tell your side of the story.

With the possibility of jail or even prison time, you need an experienced lawyer to stand by your side and fight for you.

Possession of Marijuana

Marijuana is a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance under Oklahoma law. A first offense for possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor.  However, if you are charged with possession of marijuana a second time it can be a felony offense.

A first conviction for Possession of Marijuana is a misdemeanor. The punishment is up to 1 year in the county jail and/or a fine up to $1,000.

The punishment for a second or subsequent conviction for Possession of Marijuana can be a felony and carries from 1 year up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine up to $5,000. The punishment range varies depending on how much time has passed since the first conviction.

If you have prior drug or felony convictions then your range of punishment can increase significantly from what is listed above. Call today to schedule a free consultation and I can better explain the range of punishment you may be facing and any defenses you may have.

Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute

Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute occurs when someone has possession of marijuana and the prosecutor believes that the person was going to distribute the marijuana. The prosecutor must have evidence to prove what the person intended to do with the marijuana. If the prosecutor cannot prove the intent to distribute then the charge must be reduced or dismissed.

Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute is a felony. The punishment for Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute is from 2 years up to Life in prison and/or a fine up to $20,000.

If you have prior drug or felony convictions then your range of punishment can increase significantly from what is listed above. Call today to schedule a free consultation and I can better explain the range of punishment you may be facing and any defenses you may have.

Distribution of Marijuana

Distribution of Marijuana occurs when someone actually distributes marijuana to another person. The prosecutor must have evidence to prove that an actual exchange took place. If the prosecutor cannot prove that an actual exchange took place then the charge must be reduced or dismissed.

Distribution of Marijuana is a felony. The punishment for Distribution of Marijuana from 2 years up to Life in prison and/or a fine up to $20,000.

If you have prior drug or felony convictions then your range of punishment can increase significantly from what is listed above. Call today to schedule a free consultation and I can better explain the range of punishment you may be facing and any defenses you may have.

Trafficking Marijuana

Trafficking Marijuana occurs when someone grows, distributes or possesses more than 25 pounds of Marijuana.

Trafficking is a felony in Oklahoma. The punishment for Trafficking Marijuana varies depending on the actual weight and the punishment can range from 4 years up to Life Without Parole in prison and fines up to $500,000.

If you have prior drug or felony convictions then your range of punishment can increase significantly from what is listed above. Call today to schedule a free consultation and I can better explain the range of punishment you may be facing and any defenses you may have.

Possible Defenses to Marijuana Charges

There are many different defenses when you are charged with a drug charge. Was the marijuana found on you or was it just near you? Did the police have a right to frisk you? Did the police have the right to search your car or home? Was the drug dog used to sniff your car properly certified and trained? Can the State prove that the green leafy substance that was found is actually marijuana? These are just a few of the questions that I can help you answer. Since marijuana charges can cover many different fact scenarios the defenses that are available vary greatly depending on the specific facts and circumstances.

If you have been charged with a marijuana charge call now to schedule a free consultation. I will work hard to find all or your possible defenses to try and get your charges reduced or even dismissed. If a trial is your best option I will passionately argue your case to the jury. If pleading guilty is your best option I will negotiate the best plea deal with the prosecutor.