There are many different types of drug crimes, some of which come with very serious repercussions. Unfortunately, drug crimes are a very common occurrence in the United States and many people find themselves faced with prosecution for a wide range of allegations. It is important to note that drugs are broken up and classified into different categories based on a handful of factors. In some serious cases, drug charges can make it all the way up to the federal level, whereas other crimes are less serious and prosecuted at the state level.
Every state in the U.S. regulates drug use and has their own specific laws pertaining to the issue, which is why it is important to retain the services of a criminal lawyer if you find yourself being charged with a drug offense. Our knowledgeable lawyers understand Oklahoma’s laws in regards to drug offenses and will be able to guide you through the legal process.
Here is a look at some of the most common types of drug charges in Oklahoma:
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
One of the most common charges, possession of drug paraphernalia includes pipes, rolling papers, syringes, spoons, etc. This type of charge may also include items that seem like they may be related to drug activity, such as scales, bags, and lighters.
- Possession with Intent to Distribute
This type of offense is usually based on overall weight and packaging of the illegal drug. Additionally, any other evidence that may cause law enforcement officials to think the person is intending to sell the drugs can be used.
- Drug Distribution
Drug distribution is defined as “the crime of smuggling, transporting, or delivering illegal narcotics”. This may be an exchange of money for drugs or sharing of drugs amongst friends.
- Drug Trafficking
This is the offense of buying and selling (or trafficking) illegal drugs. The difference between distribution and trafficking is the overall weight of the narcotic.
- Drug Delivery
Drug delivery is the crime of transferring or attempting to transfer possession of a controlled narcotic to someone else.
- Drug Manufacturing
This is the crime of illegally producing controlled substances.
It is important to note that punishments for drug crimes vary from case to case and can result in a broad range of consequences, including imprisonment, hefty fines, rehabilitative programs, probation, drug offender registration, and community service. To learn more about Oklahoma’s drug crime laws or to meet with a criminal lawyer from Atkins & Markoff, please contact our law firm today.