Oklahoma City Drug Offense Attorney
The state of Oklahoma is situated along a major corridor used to traffic drugs from Mexico into locations in the United States. The state is well aware of this, and has enacted very strict drug laws in an effort to combat drug crimes. Because of Oklahoma’s tough stance on drugs, the importance of hiring an experienced drug offense lawyer is even more heightened. Even marijuana possession could be charged as a felony depending on the circumstances of your case, so do not wait to get a lawyer involved to protect your rights. The Oklahoma City drug crime attorney Taylor McLawhorn is committed to providing clients with the most aggressive defense, including personalized attention and dedicated advocacy. We have a track record of success helping clients resolve these cases with the best possible result.
Common Drug Offenses In Oklahoma City
Under Oklahoma law, it is illegal to possess, distribute, manufacture, cultivate, or traffic illegal drugs, synthetic drugs, or controlled substances. This also includes the possession of prescription drugs without a lawful prescription and the possession of drug paraphernalia. Some of the most common drugs involved in drug crimes include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide, commonly referred to as acid), and ecstasy. We help clients charged with:
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Illegal possession of prescription drugs or blank prescription pads
In addition to being a state crime, some drug offenses also violate federal law. The Controlled Substances Act went into effect in 1971 at the height of the war on drugs. The Act established drug policy and penalties to be regulated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Penalties For Drug Crimes
The penalties for drug crimes vary greatly based on the type of drug, type of crime, and whether or not the crime is a federal or state crime. For state crimes, first offenses can range from misdemeanors to felonies and include penalties like jail time and extensive fines. State felonies are much more serious, as they come with extensive jail time and thousands of dollars in fines. It cannot be overstated how serious federal drug crimes are. The penalties for federal drug crimes could leave a person in prison for the rest of his or her life.
Defense For Drug Crimes
If you’ve been charged with a drug crime, you may think you have your back against the wall, but this is just not true. Just because you have been charged does not mean you are guilty or you will be convicted. Some of the most common defenses for drug crimes include:
- Proving the prosecution has insufficient evidence
- Asserting your Fourth Amendment right against unlawful search and seizure
- Proving evidence was obtained illegally
- Discovering and showing law enforcement made a mistake
- Conducting independent verification of drug tests to determine if there was a false positive
In addition to mounting an aggressive defense, the experienced Oklahoma drug crime lawyer at our law firm help clients negotiate plea agreements and pursue lesser charges that allow clients to avoid jail tim and convictions.
Why Choose Taylor McLawhorn?
Unlike other law firms, we make sure no one gets lost in the shuffle. We understand the criminal process is frustrating and upsetting, so we take a hands-on approach when working with our clients. When you choose to work with us, we will be there every step of the way to make the process as easy and stress-free as possible. We work to find the right solution for your case, which often means you get to stay with family and friends, keep your job, and remain in school as we work to resolve your criminal charges. Whether your case is at the city, state, or federal level, we can handle it and you can rest assured that you are in good hands.
We also have a track record of success helping clients obtain favorable outcomes. In one case, a client was charged with Aggravated Drug Trafficking (Methamphetamine). In Oklahoma, this offense carries a minimum of 15 years in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Taylor McLawhorn was able to negotiate the charge down to simple possession of methamphetamine and the client received a deferred sentence. The client avoided both a felony conviction and jail time.
In another case, the client was charged with Trafficking Illegal Narcotics (Cocaine), Possession of Proceeds Derived from the Distribution of Illegal Narcotics, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. After Mr. McLawhorn investigated the circumstances surrounding the arrest and investigation of his client, the Trafficking charge was reduced to a lesser offense, and the client was granted a deferred sentence with all remaining charges dismissed. Once again, the client was able to avoid a felony conviction and significant time in prison.
Mr. McLawhorn has also helped clients obtain complete expungements for their drug offenses. One client was arrested and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance, a felony offense. The client lived out of state and hired Mr. McLawhorn after posting bond. Mr. McLawhorn was able to negotiate the charge down to a misdemeanor. The client paid a fine and his case was fully expunged.
Hire a Skilled Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you have been arrested for any type of drug crime, you are likely aware of the importance of retaining representation right away. Your future is on the line as you face serious charges and penalties. Our lawyers are here to ensure your rights are aggressively protected as we help you navigate the criminal process. As an experienced Oklahoma City defense lawyer, Taylor McLawhorn fully understands the amount of stress you are under and is here to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our dedicated criminal defense law firm.