Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is more potent than many other drugs. As such, it is considered a Class A drug, and unfortunately, deaths caused by this substance are on the rise. This is because one gram of this drug can equate to seven thousand doses. Due to the deadly nature of this drug, the penalties if found trafficking fentanyl can be severe. If you are facing these charges, it’s essential to have an Oklahoma City drug trafficking lawyer to represent you.
What Constitutes Drug Trafficking?
One misconception about drug trafficking is that it’s a uniform number for all trucks. For example, many believe that as long as you have twenty grams of drugs, you’ll face trafficking charges. This is not the case, as it depends on the substance in your possession and how much of it you have. For example, you’ll need to be found with twenty-five pounds of marijuana or twenty-eight grams of cocaine before you are charged with trafficking.
In Oklahoma, the law states that having as little as one gram of Fentanyl means you’ll face trafficking charges due to the deadly nature of the drug.
Generally, if you possess an amount equal to or above the minimum amounts for drugs, in combination with the following additional factors, you can face trafficking charges:
- Distributing, manufacturing, or transporting drugs
- Possessing a substance with the intent to manufacture another dangerous substance
- Soliciting a minor to distribute or manufacture a controlled substance
What Are the Penalties for Trafficking Fentanyl?
As of right now, charges for trafficking fentanyl are the same as trafficking any other drug. In Oklahoma, a first-time offense warrants a no minimum sentence but up twenty years in prison, while a second offense can lead to a minimum of four years to a life sentence. A third charge will warrant a minimum of twenty years or, again, a life sentence. This does not include the exuberant fines that are associated with these charges.
Similarly, Oklahoma retains the right to seize any funds or property purchased with drug money. This includes homes, cars, and other assets, which can severely impact the innocent family members who may depend on these assets.
Those facing these charges may be eligible for parole once they have served the minimum amount of time in prison for these offenses. First-time offenders must serve at least 50% of their sentence before they are eligible for parole.
When arrested on suspicion of trafficking fentanyl, it’s imperative that you contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Though it may seem like there’s no possible defense, a criminal lawyer will examine all aspects of your case to help fight for the best possible outcome for your circumstances. Contact The Jones Firm, PLLC today to learn more about how we can help you when you’re in legal trouble.