Oklahoma has the highest incarceration rate in the world, in large part, because of how it treats drugs, drug users, and drug suppliers. It is ridiculous and obviously needlessly punitive (many states have completely decriminalized marijuana for instance) for no good reason. But there is good news: it is (slowly) changing. But it hasn't changed all the way yet.
Below are just a few of the drug charges I regularly handle for people every day.
- Possession of CDS
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute
- Drug Trafficking
- Possession of Drug Proceeds
Despite the passage of State Question 788 reducing the penalties for drug possession, it is still illegal for most people in Oklahoma to possess drugs (controlled dangerous substances) without a prescription. Most possession and paraphernalia offenses are now misdemeanors, but many are still felonies including Possession with Intent to Distribute, Trafficking, Manufacturing, Possessing Drug Proceeds, and Maintaining a Dwelling for the Purpose of Distributing Controlled Dangerous Substances. Additionally, the Federal Government retains the power to prosecute possessors of drugs (including the operators of dispensaries) under federal law. The Department of Justice currently declines to prosecute such cases where the activity is legal under state law, but that can change on a dime.
If you or a loved one are charged with a drug offense you need counsel immediately because your freedom is at stake. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world and Oklahoma has the highest incarceration rate in the United States, therefore, Oklahoma has the highest incarceration rate in the world. The judges and juries of this state are not shy about imprisoning people for drug offenses. Don't wait, get counsel today.