Drug Possession, Drug Crimes Defense: Oklahoma City, OK: Martino Law Firm
Few people are aware of the long-term implications of a conviction for drug possession. Pleading guilty or no contest may seem like an expedient way to resolve a criminal charge as long as you are able to avoid consequences such as jail time. However, it is a decision you could regret for the rest of your life once you learn the long-term effects of that conviction. Depending upon the type of drug and whether or not you have any priors, simple possession of a Controlled Dangerous Sustance (CDS) could be a felony offense.
Pleading guilty or no contest to a drug possession charge can result in a permanent criminal record. It can affect:
- your employment
- your insurance rates
- your ability to obtain a professional license
- your driver's license
- even your security clearance if you work for the government.
Since the consequences can be so significant, it's important to discuss your case with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. I can help you understand the effects of drug charges on all of the above. I can also help to protect the rights and futures of college students who have been arrested for drug crimes.
Even if you think you are guilty of possessing drugs, you may have defenses available to you that would result in dismissal of the charges or a not-guilty verdict at trial. If this is your first offense, there may be ways to resolve the charges that would not result in a criminal conviction.
Many drug cases are won or lost based on your encounter with police and how they obtained the drug evidence. I will work to determine if police conducted an illegal search and seizure and whether they have enough evidence to prove that the drugs were in your possession. Even if police have a strong case, I will look for mitigating factors that can result in a favorable plea bargain.