Drug trafficking involves the distribution of drugs in certain quantities defined by law. Trafficking may be charged in federal or state courts, although in federal court it is generally referenced as drug distribution. Visit our Drug Crimes page for more detailed information on both state and federal crimes. Also, visit our Federal Drug Charges page.
In Oklahoma, trafficking can occur even with small, but distributable quantities:
Trafficking is punishable in Oklahoma generally by 4 years to life imprisonment (or two times the range of punishment for possession with intent to distribute). If the client has a prior felony drug conviction, the punishment range is three times the range (generally 6 years to life). There are substantial monetary fines in addition to the mandatory imprisonment.
Aggravated trafficking is punishable by 15 years to life in prison and the client must serve 85% of the sentence before being eligible for parole. If a client has two or more felony convictions (at any time) for violations of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act (effectively any felony drug crimes), then the range of punishment for trafficking is 20 years to LWOP (life without parole).
It may be possible to suppress evidence (meaning to exclude evidence) if the facts and circumstances allow. See our Search & Seizure page. By way of example, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that “Police may not extend an otherwise-completed traffic stop, absent reasonable suspicion, in order to conduct dog sniff . . . .” Rodriguez v. United States, 135 S. Ct. 1609 (April 15, 2015). That ruling, however, is narrowly written, but the Supreme Court reiterated that a “traffic stop ‘prolonged beyond’ the ‘time reasonably required to complete [the stop’s] mission’ is unlawful.” See Rodriguez (citing Illinois v. Caballes, 543 U.S. at 407). Please understand that there are so many exceptions to the Fourth Amendment that the “fruits” of the search may be allowed — particularly in searches of vehicles (rather than search of your home). These exceptions often include plain view, plain smell, exigent circumstances, search incident to arrest, inventory or impound search, good faith of the officers, etc.
We have successfully defended clients charged with Drug Trafficking in Oklahoma courts and federal courts.
Call the Wyatt Law Office at 405.234.5500 for your Oklahoma Drug Trafficking Lawyers and Attorneys if you are under investigation or have been arrested or charged with any drug crime.