Even though it is easy to say that being charged with a crime can affect every aspect of an Oklahoma resident’s life, those effects are different for each person. Every case is unique, and the circumstances surrounding any drug charges filed against you should be thoroughly reviewed and dealt with in accordance with your particular needs. When it comes to drug crimes, there is no “one size fits all” defense.
How your case is handled can depend on several factors, the least of which is the quantity of drugs involved. For example, Oklahoma law enforcement officials patrol Interstate 35 looking for people transporting drugs such as marijuana, methamphetamine and oxycodone, among other controlled substances. If you are stopped on the interstate and found to be in possession of a certain amount of drugs, you could face trafficking charges despite the fact that the drugs may have only been for your personal use. You could be arrested for having drugs in the presence of a minor or be accused of being part of a drug ring.
Before proceeding with your defense, an attorney will review the events leading up to your arrest and your contact with law enforcement officers from that point forward. From their initial approach, police are required to follow certain policies and procedures. If officials fail to meet established standards when it comes to issues such as probable cause, evidence handling and even your questioning, the charges may not stand.
Nothing less than your freedom is at stake when it comes to drug charges. Even if this is your first offense, you could face incarceration and other penalties. Therefore, you need an attorney who will consider your needs and unique circumstances, and will work to find a resolution of the charges that best protects your future.