Oklahoma House Bill 1835 would significantly reduce criminal penalties for marijuana possession if passed. With national news spotlighting marijuana legalization bills in multiple states, this new bill could appear to be a minor step, but it could impact hundreds of lives. A felony conviction in Oklahoma can have severe consequences for the rest of the individual’s life. If you have been charged with marijuana possession or other criminal drug offense, it is imperative to contact Oklahoma City Criminal Defense Lawyer, Robert Robles for your best defense.
Penalties for Possession of Marijuana in Oklahoma
At the end of February, the House Public Safety Committee voted unanimously 14 – 0 supporting the bill that would reduce second possession of marijuana offenses in Oklahoma to a misdemeanor. Currently, under Oklahoma law, a first offense of marijuana possession of any amount without the intent to sell or distribute is a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to one year in jail. A second offense or subsequent offense is automatically charged as a felony with a penalty of two to ten years in jail. House Bill 1835 would not legalize marijuana; only reduce the mandated second or subsequent possession from a felony to a misdemeanor. Cultivating or distributing the illegal substance would remain a felony offense under this bill punishable by two years to life in prison. An expert criminal defense lawyer can advise you on your best defense whether you are facing a felony or a misdemeanor charge.
Contact Robert Robles Criminal Defense Lawyer in OKC
The area of law surrounding marijuana will continue to change. If you or someone you love is facing criminal charges in Oklahoma City or surrounding communities, Robert Robles has the resources to investigate all circumstances regarding your case and aggressively defend your rights. Contact our criminal defense team today for a free consultation.