Drug possession is a serious charge in the state of Oklahoma. In many cases, the laws are strict liability. Which means anyone found with substances like marijuana will be held liable regardless of a valid prescription from another state where the substance is legal.
An Oklahoma couple is awaiting trial after family members filed a complaint. Two girls, ages 3 and 2, were taken into state custody after their parents were arrested. The Department of Human Services was contacted to remove the girls from their feces infested home. Numerous bruises and marks were found on the girls' bodies. Their parents have been charged with child abuse, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor, maintaining a house where drugs are used and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Drug charges like the ones faced by this couple are very serious. Oklahoma has a zero tolerance policy for drug-related crimes. If found guilty, the two defendants could face prison time, and in some cases, receive life in prison with no chance of parole. In addition to jail time, those who are found guilty could lose the right to bear arms and have their driver's license suspended or indefinitely revoked.
With the possibility of such serious consequences, it is easy to see how a drug conviction can negatively affect an individual's future. It is important to have the right representation in these cases because if found guilty, certain rights can be permanently taken away. Seeking advice about a criminal law defense could help ensure that the police do not violate any of a defendant's rights during the course of the case.
Source: News OK, "Oklahoma City couple arrested on child abuse complaints, police report," Jan. 12, 2015