The fentanyl crisis has swept over America at a blistering speed. As a result, prosecutors across the United States are harshly cracking down on all those suspected of fentanyl possession and trafficking. That said, here at the Jones Law Firm, we understand that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, and if you are currently accused of fentanyl possession or trafficking, you need a competent OKC criminal defense lawyer in your corner. Continue reading and reach out to our seasoned legal team to learn more about fentanyl possession charges and how we can help if you are facing them.
What are the potential penalties for fentanyl possession charges?
The first thing you should understand is that if you are accused of possessing fentanyl, you are up against a wide range of penalties. The potential consequences you may face vary, depending on the quantity of the drug you’re caught in possession of, among other factors.
For example, if you are accused of possessing anywhere between 40 and 399 grams of fentanyl, you will face federal penalties, which can warrant anywhere between 5 and 40 years in prison, as well as high fines. You should note, however, if you are accused of fentanyl trafficking that resulted in the death or serious injury of another, you will face anywhere between 20 years and life in prison.
That being said, for a second offense of having anywhere between 40 and 399 grams of fentanyl, you will face anywhere between 10 years and life in prison, as well as high fines. If the offense resulted in death or serious injury, you will face life in prison.
Rather obviously, if you’re facing fentanyl trafficking charges of any kind, it is paramount that you retain the services of a seasoned attorney who can help you fight for the best outcome possible on your behalf.
There are several strategies an experienced lawyer can implement to combat drug possession charges, many of which we will discuss in our next blog, but the bottom line is that if you are faced with years of incarceration, devastating fines, and the burden of a lifelong criminal record, the time to act is now. Do yourself a favor and reach out to the Jones Law Firm as soon as you possibly can so we can get started working on your case.