Drug Offense Convictions Are Costly
If you are charged with a drug offense in Ohio, you need to hire an attorney as soon as possible. Often, the accused has made statements to the investigating agencies, and their attorney has to make up for lost time. At Patrick M. Farrell Co. L.P.A., we find that defendants, when represented, often do not have motions filed on their behalf that might provide them the opportunity to have the case reduced or dismissed in its entirety.
Our Brooklyn Heights attorney, Pat Farrell, reviews all the evidence from booking videos, dash cams, body cams, and other evidentiary materials in order to determine the basis of the allegations that are brought against the clients. He then makes a determination as to whether law enforcement acted and performed their duties in a lawful manner, which would affect the outcome of the case.
What To Know About The Consequences
Drugged driving (OVIs) and other drug offenses make up a major portion of criminal charges throughout the state of Ohio. Three of the most common drug charges include:
- Possession: When someone has a controlled substance in their possession. In cases involving marijuana, the possession of marijuana without a medical marijuana card.
- Manufacture: The unlawful creation of controlled substances can result in charges of drug manufacturing, which is usually considered a felony.
- Trafficking: The transportation of illegal controlled substances, particularly when the transfer crosses state lines, is a serious crime. Trafficking charges are felonies that usually require jail or prison time.
When it comes to drug offenses in the state of Ohio, the consequences are constantly changing. One thing, however, remains the same: These penalties are harsh, and they can affect you for the rest of your life. Many individuals may be of the opinion that these are minor offenses due to the number of individuals who are arrested and charged. However, these offenses result in collateral penalties many defendants are not aware of. The additional penalties may include:
- Inability to obtain financial aid for continuing education after high school
- Termination of employment
- Driver’s license suspension
- Increased insurance premiums
- Inability to obtain employment
- Possible deportation
Although many drug offenses are expungable, drugged driving is not, and they will affect the ability to expunge another criminal offense.
Recreational Marijuana Is Still Illegal In Ohio
Mr. Farrell can represent you in misdemeanor and felony cases involving dealing, trafficking or possession. While Ohio will soon allow the use of medical marijuana, all other reasons for drug possession (or dealing or trafficking) are still illegal. It is also possible to receive a criminal charge related to drugged driving following the use of marijuana. Your first charge of drug-related OVI is a misdemeanor, but a subsequent one could be a felony.
Working For You
From our office in the Cleveland metro, we help both Ohio residents and out-of-state individuals fight OVI/DUI offenses and drug charges. With every client who comes through our door, we explore every possibility and perform extensive research and investigation. Each case comes with different circumstances, evidence and individuals. We will listen to what has happened to you and create a legal plan that works uniquely for you and your best interests. We have represented clients in many cases and have worked diligently to have charges reduced or dismissed in their entirety.