In the war on drugs, Oklahoma is one of the toughest battlefields in the nation. The state ranks high in prescription drug abuse deaths, manufacture of methamphetamine, meth abuse, and drug arrests. Oklahoma is along a major corridor for drug trafficking from Mexico, and the state’s marijuana cultivation is well-known. In an effort to crack down on illegal drug use and prescription fraud, Oklahoma has some of the nation’s strictest drug laws and harshest penalties of conviction. Even marijuana possession, generally a misdemeanor on the first offense, can be charged as a felony for a second or subsequent offense or if a prosecutor determines that you possessed the drug with the intent to sell it. If you are found to be in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, you could be subject to felony conviction, mandatory minimum sentencing, and the possibility of life in prison without parole. With the stakes so high, it is imperative that anyone arrested for a drug crime in Oklahoma find immediate legal representation from a skilled defense attorney with a record of successful defense in criminal cases involving drug possession, distribution, manufacture/cultivation, and trafficking.
From his office in Oklahoma City, attorney Ryan Coventon routinely handles tough drug cases for a positive result. He represents defendants across the state, aggressively defending them against inflated charges, unreasonable search and seizure, and other violations of their constitutional rights.
Drug laws in Oklahoma prohibit the possession, distribution, manufacture, cultivation, and trafficking of illegal drugs, synthetic drugs, and controlled dangerous substances. Prescription drug fraud, possession of prescription drugs without a lawful prescription, and possession of drug paraphernalia are also outlawed by the state.
The Oklahoma Criminal Code is outlined in Title 21 of the state statutes, but drug laws are enumerated in Title 63, the Oklahoma Public Health Code. Chapter 2 deals with the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act and specifically lists prohibited actions and penalties associated with the possession and sale of drugs or drug paraphernalia. Other acts defined in this section of the state statutes include the Anti-Drug Diversion Act, the Precursor Substances Act, the Trafficking in Illegal Drugs Act, the Drug Dealer Liability Act, the Drug Money Laundering and Wire Transmitting Act, and the Oklahoma Methamphetamine Offender Registry Act. Drug crimes beyond simple drug possession for personal use may be investigated by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (OBNDD).
Certain drug crimes violate the federal Controlled Substances Act, the United States drug policy. Federal drug crimes are prosecuted by U.S. District Attorneys with the evidence obtained through investigation by specialized federal agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Federal drug crimes are often penalized by lengthy sentences in federal prison.
Beyond fines, probation or parole, and incarceration in jail or prison, anyone convicted of a drug crime in Oklahoma may suffer collateral consequences of felony conviction which may include driver’s license suspension, registration as a meth offender, the loss of voting rights, prohibition from firearm possession or gun ownership, loss of federal benefits, deportation of non-citizens, and a criminal record that can have a negative impact on one’s ability to find work, secure a financial loan, or obtain admission into certain educational institutions.
Attorney Ryan Coventon is an experienced and tenacious litigator determined to achieve positive results for his clients accused of drug crimes in Oklahoma. Throughout his career, he has obtained for his clients numerous dismissals and acquittals, and he has negotiated favorable sentencing options that help his clients avoid jail. He has successfully represented clients accused of all Oklahoma drug crimes:
Each case is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution for drug crime defense. However, there are certain defense strategies that are frequently successful in obtaining a dismissal or achieving a not-guilty verdict. Drug defense options may include:
If you have been charged with drug possession, distribution, manufacture, cultivation, or trafficking, you can count on Ryan Coventon to carefully scrutinize every detail of your case to develop and uncover the best possible strategies for your defense.