Oklahoma City attorney caters to pot-related crimes

Chad Moody, 44, finds a niche among those busted for using, growing or selling pot; his billboards help drum up business.
BY TIM WILLERT twillert@opubco.co Published: March 10, 2012
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Step into Chad Moody's office downtown and it's easy to see where the man known as “The Drug Lawyer” gets his inspiration.

There are copies of High Times magazine on the coffee table. Next to the door is a stack of T-shirts with a marijuana leaf stenciled on the pocket for $10 apiece.

The Frisbees are free, and come with a leaf on one side and the words “Not to be used as a rolling tray,” on the other side.

Moody, a criminal defense attorney, is better known for his colorful billboards, including one with a parchment background and a big red, white and blue marijuana leaf in which Moody proclaims he's “DEFENDING THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.”

A yellow Volkswagen microbus, covered with marijuana leaves and smiley faces and parked downtown, acts as a billboard on wheels.

“I try to do as much of this with humor,” he said.

Moody makes no apologies for his client roster, which consists mostly of busted pot smokers and those charged with growing and selling marijuana.

“I always wanted to fight the government,” said Moody, 44, of Oklahoma City, who, like the magazines on display in his office, advocates the legalization of cannabis.

Moody's plan coming out of law school was to prosecute civil rights violations. Instead, he wound up following the lead of a fellow attorney, but with a twist.

“I had a friend who billed himself as a DUI lawyer, and I didn't want to step on his toes,” Moody said. “Drugs are half the business anyway.”

By his estimation, Moody handles 50 to 100 clients at a time, and charges between $2,500 and $7,500 per client, depending on whether a case goes to trial.

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