Posted on Feb 9, 2019

The Law Offices of Adam R. Banner, P.C.

In the last year Oklahoma updated many of their drug-related laws. The Sooner state sits right in the middle of the country, making it a thoroughfare for drug traffic moving to the east coast

Prior to November 1, 2018, any individual charged with drug trafficking would not be eligible for probation. As a result, they could not receive a deferred sentence or a suspended sentence if convicted.

Moreover, anyone convicted of trafficking would not be eligible for “earned credits” once he or she entered the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. That means that a sentence will not be cut short due to “good-time” days which would normally shorten a sentence..

Those convicted under the old law could become eligible for parole once they served one-third of their sentence. The laws have changed considerably in regards to trafficking charges, though. Individuals are now eligible for deferred and suspended sentences. The tradeoff, however, is that anyone convicted of trafficking in illegal drugs now has to serve at least 50% of any prison time he or she receives prior to becoming eligible for parole or any earned credits or other credits that could reduce the length of the sentence as a whole.

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