Ohio has a serious problem with narcotics and opiates and has enacted stiff penalties for those convicted of trafficking these drugs. If police accused you of trafficking drugs, or if they arrested you for a drug trafficking offense, a criminal defense lawyer is a good resource to have on your side. We can help you understand the severity of the allegations against you, and help you get a more favorable outcome in your case.
You do not need to fight a drug trafficking charge alone. A drug trafficking lawyer in Colerain Township, OH from The Law Offices of Steven R. Adams, LLC can build a solid defense strategy for you, and represent you to the judge, prosecutor, and jury. Call 513-929-9333 today to learn more about how we can help you.
Possible Consequences of a Colerain Township, Ohio Drug Trafficking Conviction
The penalties for an Ohio drug trafficking conviction are significant. In general, the severity of your sentence depends on the type of drug you had and how much you were trafficking.
Per O.R.C. § 2925.03, the district attorney may charge you with a fifth-degree felony if they catch you carrying less than 200 grams of marijuana. For a conviction of this offense, you could face six months to a year in prison. We may be able to negotiate an agreement for probation. “Gifting” 20 grams or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor.
Ohio treats other narcotics more harshly. Anything more than 27 grams of cocaine will earn you first-degree felony charges. You could face anywhere from three to 11 years in prison.
Some felony drug trafficking convictions come with a mandatory minimum prison sentence. This means you will serve a minimum jail sentence regardless of any deals we work out for probation. There is also mandatory jail time for repeat offenders.
Felony drug trafficking convictions also include major fines. This includes a $2,500 fine for a fifth-degree felony up to a $20,000 fine for a first-degree felony. You may also need to pay court costs and other fees.
Some Ohio drug-related convictions also include a driver’s license suspension. They could suspend your license for up to five years. You may, however, be eligible to get limited driving privileges after serving a certain number of days based on your sentence. A suspended license lawyer can help you navigate this process, if necessary.
Getting a More Favorable Outcome in Your Colerain Township Drug Trafficking Case
There is no reason to try to handle a Colerain Township drug trafficking charge on your own. The Not Guilty Adams team can help you navigate the criminal justice system, handling your case for you. We offer compassionate support and guidance, while also fighting aggressively for the most favorable conclusion possible based on the details of your case.
There are no guarantees about the potential outcome of your case, but we will work hard to help reduce the chances you face significant penalties related to the charges against you. While we base our defense strategy on the facts of your case, there are some common tactics we sometimes use to achieve a more favorable result for our clients. This includes:
- Identifying and presenting evidence to convince the prosecutors to drop the charges entirely
- Challenging evidence collected during an illegal stop or illegal search and seizure
- Challenging drug testing procedures and the results
- Negotiating a plea deal that allows you to face only minor penalties in exchange for a guilty plea to a lesser charge
- Presenting a compelling defense during your trial, and creating reasonable doubt in the minds of jurors
For every case we handle, we create a unique defense strategy that uses the strengths and weaknesses of your case to our advantage. This means not all these options are the best option for your case. We will review our options with you, and work to build a solid defense together.
The Role of a Colerain Township Drug Trafficking Lawyer
As a criminal defense firm, our team sees drug trafficking cases similar to yours regularly. We understand the burden of proof necessary in these cases, and how local prosecutors approach them. This allows us to counter their accusations and fight the case they attempt to build against you. We can look back at prior cases and adapt the tactics that produced a good outcome in those cases to your case. If we can create reasonable doubt in the minds of the jurors, we can get a not guilty verdict.
We will investigate the situation that led to the charges against you, including the stop, detainment, and arrest. Police cannot stop you without a valid legal reason (e.g. a traffic violation), and they generally cannot search your vehicle or home without permission or a search warrant. If we find police deviated from the proper protocol or violated your rights during this process, it could lead to any evidence collected being inadmissible in court.
Throughout the entire process, we will stand beside you. We know what to expect every step of the way and offer you advice and guidance to get a more favorable conclusion in your case. We will work for you, from the time you request our help until the end of your trial.
Talk to a Drug Trafficking Lawyer in Colerain Township, OH About Your Case
Colerain Township criminal defense lawyer Steven R. Adams and the rest of the team from the Law Offices of Steven R. Adams, LLC will work for a more favorable outcome in your case. We will prepare a defense strategy and represent you in court appearances and during your trial. We are ready to fight the charges you face, and work to mitigate any potential penalties.
Call us at 513-929-9333 to discuss your case or to get started today.