Under Oklahoma Law, Child Neglect Is Viewed as a Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substances
Video Transcribed: You have children, but you also have a medicinal card. You keep any of your medicine in a safe, you only use it when the children aren’t around, but you do keep it in the house and everyone is aware of it. What does this mean for you if DHS comes knocking on your door?
Hello, my name is Ryan Cannonie, I’m a CPS Lawyer with the CPS Investigation Defense Law office. When you have a medicinal card, that gives you a right to possess a certain amount of marijuana or substances such as edibles to use for medicine. However, under Oklahoma Law, child neglect is still defined as the possession of controlled dangerous substances.
Marijuana as it’s still a federally prohibited substance, I have seen where DHS has used the fact that someone has a medicinal card to make them work case plans or even tried to file a case on them because their children were exposed to the substance which is by definition child neglect in Oklahoma.
What do you do if this is your situation? Well, the first thing you do from the very moment DHS comes to investigate is call an attorney. I’d say, “Call us.” That’s what this video is about. After you call an attorney, set up a consultation as soon as you can. Go over everything. Talk about what you should or shouldn’t do during an investigation.
And if the DHS ends up asking the DA to file a case, what you should or shouldn’t do once the case is filed and how this could impact you, your children, and your ability to take what you need medicinally to help you get through daily life.
So if you find yourself in this situation or just concerned about it, please give us a call. We can help. So we can look into your Oklahoma CPS Investigation.