It happens. A friend is arrested, may be incarcerated, and asks that we bring him or her some dope or a pint. And because we feel sorry for them, we comply. But doing so can land us in trouble. When we visit friends and loved ones who have been incarcerated, it is important to know the rules about contraband and what you may or not bring to them when you visit. Carrying drugs or alcohol into a jail is a crime in Wagoner.
Carrying Drugs or Alcohol into a Jail: A Punishable Offense In Wagoner
Oklahoma law prohibits the carrying of certain kinds of contraband into a jail. The law states that any person who carries any of the following items into a jail, state penal institution or any other place where prisoners are located, is guilty of a felony in Oklahoma:
- dangerous instrument
- controlled dangerous substance (drugs)
- intoxicating beverage
- money or financial document for anyone outside of the inmate or the inmate’s spouse.
The crime is punishable by a prison term of from one to five years, and/or a fine from $100 to $1,000.
The law does not prohibit any prison employee who has a valid handgun license to keep a firearm in a locked metal box secured and contained in a locked car which is parked on property set aside for parking, provided that the employee has provided annual notification to the Department of Corrections of the brand name, model, serial number, and owner identification information of the firearm.
Not only can you get into trouble for carrying in contraband, but your friend may get into trouble as well. If an inmate is found to be in possession of any item of prohibited contraband, that inmate will be guilty of a felony punishable by a prison term of five to 20 years. Multiple violations by an inmate means increasing prison time, leading to a prison term of at least 20 years.
Even bringing in such contraband as cigarettes, cigars, snuff or any other tobacco product, can open you up to a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to one year in the county jail and/or a fine of up to $500. And carrying in any sort of cell phone or other electronic device that is capable of sending or receiving messages or calls is a felony in Oklahoma. If you get caught bringing in a cell phone for a friend, you could be sentenced up to two years in prison and/or a fine up to $2,500. Okla. Stat. tit. 57 § 21.
That favor that you wanted to do for your friend can expose you to being incarcerated yourself. That beer or vodka you try to carry in for your friend could land you in serious trouble. If you are caught carrying drugs or alcohol into a jail in the Wagoner area, contact a Wagoner criminal defense attorney right away. Your lawyer could help you preserve your rights and your freedom.
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