Drug charges, and their potential penalties and consequences, are unquestionably serious. A 63-year old man was recently arrested in Oklahoma City and is facing numerous drug charges. He has been charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance; possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute; possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia. The man also allegedly became violent and is facing several criminal charges related to those accusations as well. The man was at the hospital when the alleged incident took place. A nurse allegedly discovered a glass pipe in the man's room and authorities were called.
According to authorities, they discovered several bags possibly containing crystal methamphetamine, prescription drugs and marijuana, as well as a digital scale. The police report notes that the man had several visitors that did not identify as family and stayed for short periods of time. Authorities suspected the man was distributing narcotics to the visitors while in the hospital.
Drug possession and drug trafficking are serious accusations and charges in Oklahoma and can carry serious penalties. Potential penalties can include harsh prison sentences. Additional penalties and consequences can include the loss of the right to carry a firearm; driver's license suspension or revocation; and mandatory drug testing. It is important that individuals accused of serious drug charges understand that they are not without options. Criminal defense options may include challenging the evidence against the accused individual or the procedures used to obtain evidence.
In addition, if the rights of the accused individual were violated, it is important to understand how that factors into a strong criminal defense strategy. Because of the serious nature of drugs charges, it is important that accused individuals are familiar with their rights and options and begin preparing a prompt criminal defense response.
Source: KFOR.com, "Police: Man arrested after hospital believed he was selling drugs from room," May 19, 2015