Drug Trafficking Attorneys in Tulsa
Are You Facing Serious Criminal Charges?
People often associate drug trafficking with organized crime that happens on a grand scale. The reality, however, is that anyone in possession of certain drugs in certain amounts can be charged with felony drug trafficking whether they’re involved with an organization or not.
If you’ve been arrested for or charged with drug trafficking, immediately seek an attorney to help you start building a defense as soon as possible. This is a serious charge that can lead to years in prison and financially crippling fines.
When you reach out to Enlow Law for help, we’ll provide the best possible defense. With our assistance, your responsibility for criminal accusations can be mitigated or eliminated. Criminal legal matters cannot be guaranteed, but the door to your brightest possible future can stay open when you reach out to Enlow Law for assistance.
WHAT IS CONSIDERED DRUG TRAFFICKING?
If you are arrested and alleged to have drugs in your possession, two charges are likely to apply: possession and drug trafficking. Trafficking is a much more serious offense and can lead to a life sentence in prison. What makes a drug trafficking charge so much more severe comes down to which controlled substance and how much of it is alleged to be in your possession.
Below are the thresholds that will elevate possession of illegal drugs to drug trafficking:
- Marijuana – 25 pounds
- Cocaine – 28 grams
- Crack Cocaine – 5 grams
- Heroin – 5 grams
- Methamphetamine – 20 grams
- PCP – 1 ounce or about 28 grams
- LSD – 1 gram
- Ecstasy (MDMA) – 5 grams or 30 tabs
Due to the opioid epidemic, however, drug trafficking charges were amended to include charges for possessing certain prescription drugs in excessive quantities.
Quantity triggers for trafficking prescription drugs are as follows:
- Oxycodone – 400 grams
- Benzodiazepine – 500 grams
- Morphine – 1,000 grams
- Hydrocodone – 3,750 grams
It’s important to remember that the purpose or intent to possess drugs in these quantities doesn’t affect a drug trafficking charge. While someone may be given additional possession and distribution charges, laws that prohibit drug trafficking are only concerned with how much of a controlled substance was allegedly in that person’s possession.
Drug Trafficking Penalties in Oklahoma
It’s important to consult a drug trafficking attorney in Tulsa as soon as you are arrested or charged. As a general rule, sentences for drug trafficking are doubled for those of drug distribution.
That means penalties for drug trafficking carry mandatory minimum sentences of 4 to 5 years in state prison. Added to that are the possibility of a life sentence and up to $500,000 in fines.
If someone is convicted of a second drug trafficking charge, their sentence begins at three times that of punishment for distribution.
A third drug trafficking charge can lead to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Aggravated Drug Trafficking in Oklahoma
Oklahoma drug trafficking laws provide that someone alleged to be in possession of a certain amount of a controlled substance that exceeds the minimum that defines drug trafficking may be charged with aggravated drug trafficking.
An aggravated drug trafficking conviction can result in a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in state prison. Those convicted are also compelled to serve at least 85 percent of their sentence before parole becomes possible.
Do You Need Legal Assistance?
If you have been arrested or charged, immediately contract our drug trafficking attorneys in Tulsa for help. Enlow Law’s lawyers have more than 30 years of combined experience and can help you build the defense you need to respond to allegations against you.