Three Things to Know About Oklahoma Oxycodone Charges

Tracy Tiernan - February 9, 2021 - Criminal Defense, Drug Crimes

Oxycodone (OxyContin) is an opioid pain medication as well as a schedule 2 drug, which means that the medication is considered to have a high potential for abuse. Due to its classification, it is against the law to be in possession of Oxycodone in Oklahoma without a valid prescription. If you have been charged with any possession related offense involving the medication, it can help to speak with an experienced attorney. It also helps to understand some important details about the nature of these charges.

How Oxycodone is Used

Oxycodone is an opioid, which is a class of medications derived either from the opium poppy plant or made from a similar chemical structure. Medical providers primarily prescribe opioids for pain relief because they are capable of producing a relaxed feeling. Due to the strength of the “high” from the medication, opioids are also commonly used for non-medical reasons. Roxicodone is commonly mistaken for OxyContin. Both medications contain oxycodone, but OxyContin is a time-released medication while users who take Roxicodone immediately experience a relaxed feeling. 

The Penalties Associated With Oxycodone Possession

Oxycodone is classified as a schedule II substance. A first charge of possession of any schedule II substance besides marijuana (or any other substance listed in subsection D of section 2-206 of Oklahoma code) is guilty of a felony. This punishment carries with it imprisonment of between at least two and up to 10 years as well as a fine of up to $5,000. 

A second violation of possession of a schedule II substance results in a person facing another felony which carries imprisonment between four and 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. 

Defenses to Oxycodone-Related Charges

Prosecution in Oklahoma tirelessly pursues individuals who are determined to be in possession of illegal drugs. If you or a loved one is charged with an oxycodone-related offense, there are fortunately several strong arguments that can be made in defense of those charges. Some of the most effective and commonly utilized defenses in Oxycodone-related cases include:

  • If you did not know that the drug was in your possession, you will likely be able to raise a strong defense that you never had possession of the substance.
  • Sometimes, a person only has temporary or momentary possession of Oxycodone and did not actually have complete control over the medication.
  • Law enforcement must follow certain constitutional safeguards while performing a search of a person or property. If law enforcement violates these standards, a person can argue that his or her Constitutional rights were violated and that the resulting evidence should be suppressed.
  • People are frequently arrested for Oxycodone possession because they are unable to produce a valid prescription. If you can provide a letter from your medical provider detailing the amount prescribed, you will likely be able to raise a strong defense.

Speak With a Compassionate Criminal Defense Attorney

If you or a loved one is charged with an Oxycodone related offense in Oklahoma, one of the best things that you can do is to promptly speak with an experienced defense lawyer who can help you respond to these charges. Contact attorney Tracy Tiernan today to schedule a free case evaluation.