Top Drug Trafficking Defense Attorneys in Oklahoma City
In the state of Oklahoma, there are few charges as serious as drug trafficking charges. If you are charged with drug trafficking, you may be prosecuted under both state and federal laws. The penalties given for such crimes can be severe and unforgiving and without the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney, you might be facing a long time behind bars. A knowledgeable Oklahoma City drug trafficking attorney will be able to explain the severity of these charges and the effect that they can have on the rest of your life.
Luckily, the experienced drug trafficking lawyers here at Cannon & Associates, have years of combined experience, stretching across a wide range of practice areas. They have a huge well of knowledge to draw from, built from fighting and winning favorable outcomes in cases for our clients. Call us today at 405-591-3935.
Don’t Fight Your Drug Trafficking Charges Alone. Contact an Experienced Oklahoma City Criminal Defense Attorney.
It doesn’t matter whether you have been charged with felony trafficking of illegal drugs or prescription drugs or whether you have been charged with possession of cannabis, Oklahoma is known for being tough when it comes to drug-related crimes. In order to fight a drug trafficking charge, you are going to need the help of a law firm and its team of Oklahoma City criminal defense attorneys. The complex laws surrounding drug trafficking cases require experience and skill to navigate and while no attorney will ever guarantee you a victory, without one, you are doomed to fail.
The minimum penalties for distributing illegal drugs is a crime that can net you some hefty prison time. The punishments for trafficking are even worse. You could be looking at double the penalties that you would get for simple distribution charges.
Felony Drug Charges in Oklahoma City, OK
If you are charged with possession with the intent to distribute, it is a felony offense and comes with severe punishments. If you are charged in Oklahoma, you will be facing a minimum of 2 years in jail and a maximum of life in prison. These penalties may be even higher if you are being charged with trafficking.
Nationwide, both states and federal authorities are attempting to get more serious and crack down on all drug trafficking offenses. Data from the Department of Justice states that nearly 20% of all drug charges are related to manufacturing and trafficking in the US. Federal drug trafficking charges can lead to exceptionally high fines and incarceration in federal prison. Even once you have served your time and paid your fines, you may also be looking at a limited future due to your charges, especially if your arrest record states you have been arrested for a serious federal offense.
If you are facing these charges, your freedom and your rights may be at stake. There is no question. You must get in touch with one of the skilled criminal defense law firms that work in Oklahoma City, like the team here at Cannon & Associates. Our trial-tested criminal defense attorneys know exactly how to prepare an air-tight defense. By hiring us, you are looking at your best chances of a favorable result from your Oklahoma City drug trafficking case.
A Strong Defense Against Your Federal Drug Trafficking Case
Federal drug trafficking charges can result in some of the most serious penalties and a ruined reputation. The size and severity of these kinds of cases mean that they have not been organized and put together in a day. Federal prosecutors will take their time and wait until they have a strong solid case to bring against the defendant. This could take the prosecutors weeks or even months to build and this means the cases are usually a lot harder to fight. This is one of the reasons why you should consider hiring an excellent law firm with experienced criminal defense attorneys that have a proven track record.
Just because the case has been put together by federal prosecutors does not mean all is lost. It is pretty common for authorities to make big mistakes early on in their investigations. For example, if the evidence against you was found during a search that was not properly authorized. If we found this kind of mistake we would aggressively pursue it, filing a motion to suppress all evidence from that illegal search. Your criminal defense lawyers are going to be your number one advocate and will be instrumental if you want to defend against any form of drug charges, both federal and state.
What is Drug Trafficking?
Unlawfully manufacturing illegal drugs, selling or transporting illegal drugs, or importing illegal drugs are all forms of drug distribution, commonly known as drug trafficking. Drug trafficking is a similar crime to possession, in which someone has been found in possession of an illegal drug or substance they intend to use personally. For the charges to become trafficking, the person must knowingly mean to transport or sell the drugs. Certain circumstances can lead to a higher chance of being charged for aggravated trafficking over possession, such as being found with weighing scales or bundles of cash.
Why is Drug Trafficking a Federal Crime?
While drug trafficking is a serious crime under both state and federal laws, under federal law (21 U.S.C. § 841) “it is a crime for any person “knowingly or intentionally– (1) to manufacture, distribute, or dispense, or possess with intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense, a controlled substance; or (2) to create, distribute, or dispense, or possess with intent to distribute or dispense, a counterfeit substance.” Following this statute means that the crime of drug trafficking can even be used to charge someone who is simply in possession of a certain amount of controlled substance or more. It doesn’t even matter if the substance was never sold or distributed.
What is an Illegal Drug or Controlled Substance?
Under the Controlled Substances Act, certain drugs and chemicals are categorized into “schedules”. These substances are illegal to own, use, manufacture, or distribute. They are placed into these different schedules according to their potential for dependence and abuse.
In schedule 1 you will find hard drugs like heroin and crack as they have a very high chance of abuse and addiction. Drugs like codeine, are in section V as they have a lower chance of addiction in the eyes of the law.
Criminal Penalties for Federal Drug Trafficking Offenses
The state of Oklahoma has its own laws regarding the punishment for drug trafficking cases as does the federal government. Normally, people convicted of drug trafficking offenses on a federal level will be charged depending upon the volume of drugs they were caught trafficking. These sentences may be raised if the defendant has a history or a felony offense on their record.
It isn’t just long prison sentences and expensive fines you might have to deal with either. There could be a seizure and forfeiture of all assets that may be related to the operation. This means bank accounts could be seized, as well as properties and vehicles.
Finally, there may be immigration consequences, including deportation after the sentence.
Defense Against Federal Drug Trafficking Charges
The United States is facing a serious drug epidemic, one that seems to get worse every year. In response to this, the federal government has become more and more zealous in its prosecution of any aggravated trafficking crimes. This makes it even more important to hire strong and aggressive representation to fight back. The federal prosecutors need to prove beyond reasonable doubt that you committed the crimes they are accusing you of committing.
Remember, to win their case they need to prove that:
- You 100% knowingly possessed the substance.
- You were 100% involved in the sale, transportation, or importation of the substance.
The term “possess” means that you had full control over the drugs. For “distribution” they must be able to prove that you actually tried or attempted to try to distribute the drugs according to the illegal drugs act.
Drug Trafficking Defense Strategies
Whether you are fighting drug trafficking charges in Oklahoma City, or on a federal level there are a number of ways that you can defend against a decision that could influence the rest of your life.
Your criminal defense law firm will know all of these strategies and will employ the one that is most likely to work. They may use this defense to have the charges dropped and the case thrown out or they may use the defense to get you reduced sentencing or the charges dropped to a lower offense. They may also negotiate a plea deal on your behalf.
Here are some of the potential defenses that your law firm may use to fight your drug-related charges:
- The prosecution cannot prove beyond reasonable doubt that you were trafficking the controlled dangerous substance.
- The prosecution used an illegal search to provide their evidence.
- You had no knowledge of the drugs.
- There was no probable cause to arrest you.
- You were entrapped.
- You weren’t in possession of the controlled dangerous substances.
- You believed the substance was legal.
Making Sure You Hire the Right Drug Trafficking Defense Attorney to Represent Your Case
Federal drug trafficking cases can be very different from state cases and the penalties you could face may depend heavily on the specifics of your drug trafficking offense. This is why it is so important to have a strong attorney, well versed in legal defense strategies, and experienced in dealing with aggravated trafficking in illegal drugs cases.
This is one of the most serious crimes you can be charged with. Having an experienced attorney who has defended clients in similar cases before may prove the only difference between a favorable result and one that ruins your life.
Contact a Cannon & Associates Federal Criminal Defense Attorney for Help
Here at Cannon and Associates, we are experienced criminal defense lawyers that have won favorable results for other clients facing a drug trafficking charge. Call us today to speak to a criminal defense lawyer. We can offer a case evaluation and immediate legal advice if you have just been arrested. You should never speak to the police before you have spoken to your legal representation so give us a call, no matter what situation you find yourself in.
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