Ohio Drug Offense Lawsuit
Being charged with Ohio drug offenses can be devastating, especially considering that the consequences – even for the innocent – can damage an individual’s family and professional life, given the stigma associated with such charges. The Ohio drug offense attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC fully comprehend how sensitive and serious these charges can be, and we are devoted to helping those charged with Ohio drug law violations build the strongest possible defense cases. From arraignment through the trial and possibly sentencing phase, our Ohio drug crime lawyers will be there to aggressively protect your rights and defend your interests. Our comprehensive knowledge of Ohio drug laws give us the skills we need to efficiently guide our clients through the complexities of the legal process so they can secure the best possible outcomes to their cases.
Ohio Drug Laws
Two of the primary factors that will play a large part in the nature of Ohio drug charges filed against an individual will be the type and amount of the drug(s) allegedly found on or with the him. Because, in Ohio, drugs are classified as one of five different “schedules,” based on how dangerous and addictive they are, the amount considered to be an excessive or “bulk” amount will also vary according to the drug (i.e., the more dangerous the drug, the smaller the amount necessary to be considered bulk). Ohio drug laws classify narcotics according to the following:
- Schedule I drugs, the most dangerous and addictive narcotics, include heroin, morphine, LSD, MDMA and ecstasy, GHB, mescaline, hash and marijuana.
- Schedule II drugs, which can be addictive but may have limited medicinal uses, include opium, codeine (in concentrations greater than 1.8 grams per 100 milliliters), hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone, cocaine and methamphetamines.
- Schedule III drugs, which are similar to but considered to be less addictive than Schedule II drugs, include ketamine, codeine (in concentrations less than 1.8 grams per 100 milliliters), and anabolic steriods.
- Schedule IV drugs, which have viable medicinal uses and are characterized as having a low risk for addiction, include certain sleep aids, antidepressants, stimulants and pain relief medications.
- Schedule V drugs, which have the lowest risk for addiction and are highly useful in medical treatments, include ephedrine, very low doses of codeine and very low doses of pain medications.
Ohio Drug Crime Law: Additional Factors
In addition to the type and quantity of drug, whether the individual is suspected of possession, distribution or manufacturing of the drugs also factors into the severity of the charges filed. What can complicate drug charges further is:
- Whether the accused has a previous drug conviction (or criminal record).
- If other charges, such as assault or weapons charges, are filed in conjunction with the drug charges.
- Possibly where the arrest took place. For example, should the arrest take place in a school or on government property, the charges are likely to be more serious.
Clearly, a number of factors come into play when drug charges are filed. The Ohio drug lawyers at Wright & Schulte LLC are masterful at taking all of them into consideration in order to evaluate your case, move forward in the most appropriate manner, and help resolve the matter as advantageously as possible.
Ohio Drug Crime Defenses
The Ohio drug crime attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC understand how to develop personalized, compelling defense cases to help our Clients secure the most favorable possible outcomes to their cases. Some of the drug crime defenses that we have successfully mounted for our Clients have involved arguments:
- Illegal search and seizure
- The drugs and property on which the drugs were found belonged to someone else
- Entrapment, meaning that a law enforcement agent incited or provoked the crime to be committed and/or possibly provided the drugs in question
- Drugs being planted on the individual
If you or a loved on is facing drug charges, the Ohio drug crime attorneys encourage you to learn more about your legal rights and receive a thorough evaluation of your case. Call today for a FREE consultation and receive experienced advice from an Ohio drug lawyer at Wright & Schulte LLC. Please fill out the online form at the right-hand side of this page or call us at (937) 435-9999.