Quite a few states have passed laws decriminalizing marijuana, and there are even some that now allow pot for recreational use. Though some bills have been presented in the Oklahoma legislature, none have been passed by lawmakers. Therefore, marijuana possession and sale are still illegal in the Sooner State and a conviction can result in severe legal penalties. If you’re facing charges, an overview of Oklahoma marijuana laws may be useful; however, you should discuss the specifics with an experienced drug offenses lawyer.
Possession of Marijuana
If you have any amount of pot on your person or within your control, you may be charged with possession of marijuana under Oklahoma law. The case against you is relatively straightforward if you’re carrying the drug in your pocket or purse; however, the notion of “control” can be a factor depending on the details of your case. For instance, if you were borrowing someone else’s car and the marijuana was in the trunk, you may be able to beat the charge of possession.
If you’re convicted, you face a misdemeanor and sentence of up to a year in prison. You may also have to pay a maximum fine of $1,000. For second and subsequent offenses, felony charges and harsher penalties apply.
Marijuana Sale and Trafficking Laws
Selling marijuana in certain amounts is a felony, even for a first time offender. You’re looking at incarceration for 2-10 years and a fine up to $5,000. The penalties double and triple for subsequent offenses.
Trafficking is the sale of pot in larger amounts and this drug crime is always charged as a felony. If you’re selling 25-1,000 pounds, you face a minimum sentence of four years in prison and a fine up to $100,000. Marijuana trafficking of 1,000 or more can lead to a life sentence and $500,000 fine.
Impact on Driver’s License
Note that any conviction for marijuana possession, sale, or trafficking also has an impact on your driving privileges. Your license may be suspended for six months up to three years.
While this general information on drug crimes in Oklahoma may be useful, it’s no replacement for the knowledge and experience of a dedicated attorney. Marijuana possession and trafficking are serious drug offenses that carry considerable legal implications, including jail time, fines, and suspension of your driving privileges. If you’re facing charges, it’s important to discuss your circumstances and options with a lawyer right away. For more information on marijuana and other drug offenses, please contact the Law Offices of Robert R. Robles at (405) 232-7980 or visit us online.