DRUG CRIMES IN OHIO
Drug-related incidents are always criminal matters. Drug-related offenses are crimes under both Ohio drug laws and federal drug laws.
Drug crimes refer to the production, manufacture, cultivation, purchase, sale, and possession of substances deemed illegal under federal and Ohio law. These include amphetamines, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, L.S.D., marijuana, and prescription medications without a valid prescription. It is illegal in the United States to own, hold, manufacture, buy, sell, and use such drugs.
Drug Crimes Can Lead to Harsh Sentences
The average sentence for breaking drug laws is three to four years in prison. Drug crimes can elicit sentences of up to ten years in prison. In Cleveland, drug crime makes up a significant percentage of the overall crime statistics. According to the Bureau of Justice, possession, trafficking, and nonspecific drug crime comprised more than 30 percent of prison commitments in 2006, up five percent since 2004. Anyone convicted at trial will most likely face jail time and will require the assistance of an experienced and knowledgeable attorney.
Under Ohio law, sentencing outcomes in drug crime cases can reflect some flexibility in the law, under certain circumstances. Sentences are supposed to accurately resemble the amount of time a convicted person is likely to spend in prison. A judge uses a number of factors in deciding how to sentence, including, for example, the impact of the crime on any victims and the likelihood that the defendant will commit a similar crime in the future. The attorneys at FRIEDMAN & GILBERT know how to fight conviction and limit sentences.
However, an informed Ohio criminal defense attorney, like the attorneys at FRIEDMAN & GILBERT, will know when a plea bargain or guilty plea might help your case more than a plea of not guilty.
Find An Experienced Drug Crime Defense Attorney
If you were apprehended by the police and charged with an Ohio drug crime, you need an experienced Ohio criminal defense lawyer. The attorneys at FRIEDMAN & GILBERT know the stress a person facing drug charges and can provide the legal guidance you need. FRIEDMAN & GILBERT's skilled drug crime attorneys can inform you of the law and will serve your best interests.
The Cleveland drug defense lawyers and civil rights lawyers at FRIEDMAN & GILBERT have the courtroom criminal defense experience necessary to defend you.
Facing drug charges can be a terrifying experience.