OKC Criminal Defense & DUI Attorneys
OKC Criminal Defense & DUI Attorneys

El Reno Drug Lawyer

We Represent People Accused of Possession of a Controlled Substance in Canadian County

Possession of a controlled substance is one of the most common crimes charged in El Reno. In many cases, drug possession is a felony charge, meaning the suspect faces the prospect of a lengthy prison sentence if convicted. Even in less serious misdemeanor drug cases, there is still a possibility of jail time and the taint of a criminal conviction on a person's record.

But a drug charge does not have to be the end of the world. Our experienced El Reno drug lawyers can help you get through this difficult time. Fassio Law is an Oklahoma criminal defense firm that will work with you to assert and defend your rights in court. We believe that being charged with a crime doesn't make you a criminal.

Understanding the Consequences of a Drug Possession Charge in Oklahoma

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Like the federal government, the State of Oklahoma classifies certain "controlled substances" on five distinct lists or "schedules." Schedule I drugs are those considered to be the most dangerous to human life without any significant medical use, such as cocaine or LSD. At the lower end of the scale are Schedule V drugs that include a number of common medications such as cough suppressants.

In terms of criminal penalties, however, Oklahoma punishes drug possession the same without regard to where a given controlled substance falls on these schedules. (Marijuana is an exception.) What matters more is the quantity of drugs involved and whether a person has a prior drug conviction. Here is a basic rundown of the potential sanctions a person can face in El Reno:

  • 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine for a first or second drug possession offense, including any marijuana crime;
  • 30 days in jail minimum for a third drug possession offense; and
  • 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine for a fourth drug possession offense in 10 years.

Additionally, you can be charged with felony drug possession, regardless of your prior criminal record, if you possess a large enough quantity of drugs, as defined by statute. Some common examples include:

  • 25 pounds or more of marijuana;
  • 28 grams or more of cocaine;
  • 10 grams or more of heroin;
  • 20 grams or more of amphetamine or methamphetamine; or
  • 1 gram or more of LSD.

Contact Fassio Law Today

Depending on your situation, there may be a number of ways to address your Oklahoma drug charge. You may have grounds for challenging the legality of your arrest or a police officer's search of your property. You may be entitled to immunity from prosecution if you were seeking help on behalf of someone else suffering a drug overdose. Or you may simply have lacked the requisite knowledge or possession of the drugs in question.

Even if the case against you appears solid, you may still be entitled to seek probation or entry into a drug diversion program instead of going to jail. The key thing to remember is that the situation is never hopeless, and the best way you can help yourself is to speak with an experienced El Reno drug lawyer as soon as possible. Call Fassio Law at (405) 593-8444 today to schedule a free case assessment with a member of our staff.

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