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Friday, August 14, 2020

Answers to Common Questions About Ohio Drug Crimes

Ohio takes drug crimes seriously. Therefore, if you’ve been charged with a drug crime in Ohio, it’s important to understand the basics of Ohio drug crimes. A basic knowledge of drug crimes in Ohio will help you understand what to expect as you make your way through Ohio’s criminal law system. Below are answers to common questions about Ohio drug crimes. For additional information, please contact an Ohio criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

What is a drug crime?

There are several types of drug crimes in Ohio. It is illegal to possess, manufacture, and distribute a wide variety of addictive and dangerous drugs in Ohio.

Which drugs are illegal in Ohio?

Examples of illegal drugs in Ohio include crack, cocaine, marijuana, LSD, heroin, ecstasy, opiates, and methamphetamines.

What is possession of a controlled substance?

An individual possesses a controlled substance when he or she exercises control or dominion over an illegal drug or has a reasonable belief that the substance in his or her possession is an illegal drug.

What is drug trafficking?

Drug trafficking refers to all activities related to the distribution of illegal drugs, including preparation, shipment, and delivery.

What is drug cultivation?

Drug cultivation is the act of producing or growing drugs that are illegal in Ohio.

Will I go to jail or prison if I’m convicted of a drug crime?

Many Ohio drug crime convictions can result in jail or prison time. However, the burden of proof lies with the state, which means that it is the prosecutor’s responsibility to prove that you are guilty of the crime with which you’ve been charged. Therefore, it is imperative that you obtain the services of an Ohio criminal defense attorney to help you fight your Ohio drug charge.

What are some drug crime defenses?

There are many effective defenses to Ohio drug crime charges, including:

  • Illegal search and seizure by the police,
  • Failure of the police to provide Miranda warnings during a custodial interrogation,
  • Entrapment,
  • Lack of intent on the part of the defendant,
  • Poor credibility of confidential informants and/or witnesses,
  • Alibi,
  • The statute of limitations for the crime charged has expired, and
  • Mistaken identity.

What should I do if I’m arrested for a drug crime?

If you have been arrested for a drug offense in Ohio, you should immediately assert your right to remain silent. Next, you should assert your right to an attorney and contact an experienced Ohio criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. At Cox Keller Lusardi, our experienced and knowledgeable Ohio criminal defense attorneys will analyze the facts of your case and devise a strategy to achieve the best outcome possible in your Ohio drug crime case. For aggressive Ohio legal representation, please contact us as soon as possible for a consultation with one of our talented attorneys.

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