Drug offenses in Ohio generally consist of trafficking, possession, paraphernalia and manufacture. Drug offense can be something as simple as possession of a marijuana pipe to as complex as an elaborate scheme to import cocain from Mexico. Due to the broad applicable criminal laws for drug offenses, the punishments for different type of drug offenses vary greatly. Convictions of some drug offense are only misdemeanors while others may bring felony charges in the first degree. The variation of punishment largely depends on the type and amount of drugs discovered.
Regardless of what type of drug charges you are facing, your first priority should be to find out the punishments for the charges. Understanding the seriousness of the charges is a key factor in determining your next course of action. Setting aside possibility of prison, if you are convicted of a drug offense, your driver’s license will be revoked for up to 5 years. Not to mention fines, criminal record, and probation that all together will devastate your personal life, your career and your future opportunities.
If you have been charged with a drug offense in Ohio, it is in your best interest to contact a licensed criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A trained lawyer can appear on your behave in court, discovery evidence held against you, negotiate with prosecuting attorney, and advice you on how to best approach your case. Most importantly, your criminal defense attorney can look for weakness in the State’s case. Sometimes the arresting officers made mistakes in the process and these mistakes can be used to dissmiss your case. There are many ways a case can be dismissed or charges and penalties lessened due to unconstitutional or improper actions by law enforcement, including but not limited to:
- Fourth Amendment violations;
- Warrants issued without probable cause;
- Wiretapping and other illegal surveillance;
- Miranda Rights warnings omitted, abridged or defied by police and prosecutors;
- Possession of “drug paraphernalia” as evidence of a crime;
- Statements and evidence illegally obtained, or improperly allowed at trial; and
- Findings delivered as a result of canine searches (drug-sniffing dogs).
If you’ve been charged with any sort of drug related offense, it’s important to know what you’re up against. Complete the form on this page to have local attorneys call you directly. The form is quick and easy to complete and attorneys will call you at no cost or obligation.