There are various "add-ons" or supplemental coverages that you can add to your state-mandated automobile insurance. Two of them are Under-Insured/Uninsured Motorist Coverage and Medical Payments Coverage. You should have both coverages in as high an amount as you can afford. Today, though, we will say a few words about Medical Payments Coverage.
What is a pretextual traffic stop?
A pretextual traffic stop is any detainer of a motor vehicle for a purpose other than enforcing traffic laws. Very typically this is for the enforcement of other laws. For example, a passenger automobile crosses the center line (or is traveling at 1 mph above the speed limit, or has a broken or dim tail light, or has a license plate cover, or has windows that may be tinted beyond the limits allowed by statute, ad nauseam), and is stopped by a police officer. The driver is arrested for DUI (or drug possession or trafficking or whatever more serious offense).
So how does incarceration for crimes in Oklahoma work? I will lay it out in a nutshell:
(1) You can be convicted and go to prison or jail for a period of time set by the Court;
(2) You can be convicted and be sentenced to prison or jail for a period of time some or all of which is set aside by the Court, and;
(3) The Court can decide not to judge you yet.
Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute (PWI) is a serious crime in Oklahoma. It carries significant prison time, but like all crimes the State has to prove each element of the crime in order to secure a conviction. The elements of PWI are:
First, knowing and intentional;
Third, of the controlled dangerous substance of [Name of Substance, e.g. marijuana, MDMA, etc.];
Drugs are becoming legalized as time goes by. Even in Oklahoma, possession of small amounts of illegal drugs is only a misdemeanor as of July 1, 2017.
But what about large amounts of drugs?
Depending on how much contraband a person is caught with they could be charged with Drug Trafficking under Section 2-415 of Title 63. Trafficking can apply to the following substances: marijuana, cocaine, heroin, meth, LSD, PCP, cocaine base, MDMA, morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and benzodiazepine. Whether a person is "trafficking" depends heavily on exactly how much they are caught with.
Some examples of how this shakes out: