If you have been charged with a drug crime, you need to hire a Cleveland criminal defense lawyer. In many of these cases, there is mandatory prison time and the potential to be forced to forfeit valuable property. The prison time in these cases can reach decades depending on the type, quantity, and weight of the drug involved.
The government aggressively pursues these cases with an almost unlimited supply of officers, investigators, detectives, and prosecutors. It is therefore in your best interests to hire the most experienced criminal lawyer that you can afford. Often, the right attorney can be the only difference between freedom and prison.
In our experience, we find drug charges present the most difficulty. Often, our clients are young adults who got caught by the police with a small amount of drugs; other times, our clients are far more sophisticated individuals involved in the drug trade. Regardless, there are many different ways to handle a drug case. For some people, a treatment program is the best fit. For others, taking the case all the way through trial is the best fit.
These cases can be far more complicated than simply filing the above motions and making preparations for trial. Each case is different and we base our strategy and representation on what your case requires. Our Cleveland criminal defense lawyers will challenge the evidence and make sure you are properly defended. We are not the type of attorneys who take the police, or prosecutor, at their word. We make them prove their case. We will fight for you by filing motions to dismiss and motions to suppress after a misdemeanor or felony drug charge. Sometimes, we have to use creative drug possession defenses and, if necessary, we will utilize possession and trafficking expert witnesses to testify to the examination performed on the drugs you allegedly possessed or trafficked in.
It's quite common to find that our clients are charged with possession and trafficking at the same time. As former prosecutors, and current defense attorneys, we are experienced in defending clients charged with:
Whether it's a state or federal drug charge, we can defend you from the serious penalties associated with convictions. All drug crimes in Ohio have a mandatory driver's license suspension of at least six months, but more importantly certain drugs carry mandatory prison time if you have above a specified amount of drugs.
As defense attorneys, we understand that these are serious charges and the punishments for drug possession and trafficking are extreme. We approach each case with the utmost seriousness and are available 24/7. In an emergency, we will make ourselves available at all hours in order to protect you from the allegations the police are making. We handle the most serious of cases, and our clients trust us when their lives are on the line.
Drug manufacturing has a number of different penalties depending on the type of drug involved-from ecstasy to methamphetamines to marijuana. It is important to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney if you have been charged with the manufacturing or assembly of an illegal drug (ORC 2925.04).
Generally speaking, the manufacturing of a schedule I or II drug is a felony of the second degree which carries a mandatory prison sentence of two to eight years in prison per count. There are felonies of the second degree that carry a different penalty. If you have been charged with this offense, you need immediate representation.
When prosecutors believe they can prove you sold, shipped, transported, or delivered controlled substances that were intended to then be sold to others, you will be charged with trafficking or aggravated trafficking in drugs (ORC 2925.03) in Cleveland. The state of Ohio, like the federal government, defines drugs according to a "schedule," where Schedule I and II drugs have a high probability of abuse and little or no medical use.
If you are charged with trafficking Schedule I or II drugs, you will be charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs (ORC 2925.03). Penalties vary based on drug type and amount, but you are facing a felony charge. This is true of simple trafficking in drugs, as well. Penalties vary, but you're facing a felony charge and all the problems that go with it, including jail time and a felony record. Our attorneys are former prosecutors, so we know how drug trafficking cases are built and prosecuted-and we know how to push back and protect our clients.
Under ORC 2925.05, it is a crime in Cleveland to provide money or other items of value to a person with the purpose that the recipient will use the money or items of value to obtain any controlled substance for the purposes of drug manufacture, cultivation, or sale. The aggravated drug funding charge is applied when the substance in question is a Schedule I or II drug, and is first degree felony. Drug funding for schedule III, IV, or V drugs is a second degree felony. When the drug in question is marijuana, the charge is funding of marihuana trafficking, a third degree felony. Aside from often lengthy prison sentences, conviction results in significant fines, a suspended driver's license, and for licensed professionals in the state, mandatory notification of the licensing board or agency. These are charges that can destroy your career and steal your freedom.
One thing that almost always concerns our clients about their drug charges is how much time they can get. As former prosecutors and attorneys who used to handle drug cases for the government, we can tell you that the amount of time in prison can be extensive. Some drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and meth have mandatory prison sentences at very low quantities (weight). This means that even if you have a relatively low level felony and it is your first offense, you might have to go to prison if convicted-even if this is the first time you have been in trouble. This is why it is important to hire an attorney. When dealing with larger quantities, and when firearms get involved, the amount of time can become quite significant. You could be looking at 11 years per charge on certain quantities and weights. All of my partners are former prosecutors, we can help you.
Call (440) 709-8088 to setup a free consultation concerning your drug crime charges!