Don’t Face Your Drug Charges Alone
Every drug charge is serious, no matter the level of the crime. Consequences can be far reaching and devastating to a person’s future. You should never face these charges on your own. Penalties can include jail or prison time, hefty fines and even a mandatory driver’s license suspension, whether or not a vehicle was involved in the offense.
An experienced criminal defense lawyer may be able to get your charges reduced or dismissed, minimize your penalties and even help you keep your license. At the Blosser Law Office, we work for the best possible outcome in every client’s case. Attorney Jeffery Blosser has over 20 years of experience defending clients against a wide variety of criminal charges.
Common Drug Crimes And The Drug Schedule
Both state and federal law list certain drugs on a schedule of controlled substances. Schedule I drugs, such as heroin and ecstasy, have a high risk of abuse with little or no medical purpose. In contrast, Schedule V drugs have a low risk for abuse and have common medicinal uses.
Charges for illegal possession or distribution of these drugs can vary from low level misdemeanors to federal felonies. Examples of common charges include:
- Felony or misdemeanor drug possession – The level of crime for possession varies based on where the drug falls on the schedule and how much you have in your possession.
- Cultivation of marijuana – Despite changing perceptions nationwide, marijuana is still a Schedule I drug according to federal law. Ohio has legalized medical marijuana, but you may not grow or cultivate the marijuana plant yourself.
- Trafficking – Both state and federal laws have harsh penalties for distribution and trafficking of illegal drugs. Factors include the type of drug, the amount of the drug and whether you crossed state lines to sell.
No matter what charges you face, we are here to help. We know the obstacles you face and we will start building your defense on day one.
Related Charges Regarding Drug Paraphernalia And Manufacturing
In Ohio, not all drug charges include possessing or selling drugs. Drug manufacturing involves the making of illegal drugs, while a drug paraphernalia charge involves devices for administering drugs. Drug paraphernalia is a misdemeanor charge but can include jail time and fines. Drug manufacturing is often a felony and can include state charges, federal charges or both.
A person who is charged with drug paraphernalia is alleged to have knowingly made, obtained, possessed or used any instrument, article or thing that was intended to be used to administer a controlled substance. The state must be able to prove each and every element of the offense of drug paraphernalia beyond a reasonable doubt, or a jury must find you not guilty.
Drug manufacturing tends to be a more serious crime, resulting in severe penalties. The penalties vary based on a number of factors, but generally include:
- Manufacturing schedule I or II drugs – A second-degree felony with a mandatory prison sentence, but may enhance the offense to a first-degree felony if the manufacturing occurred within the vicinity of a school.
- Manufacturing schedule III, IV or V drugs – A third-degree felony charge, but may enhance the offense to a second-degree felony if the manufacturing occurred within the vicinity of a school.
If you find yourself facing a drug-related crime, you need a powerful defense. Mr. Blosser will be there for you every step of the way.
Time Is Of The Essence
The sooner you contact the Blosser Law Office, the sooner we can start working on your defense, and the better your outcome is likely to be. To schedule a free initial consultation, call our office in Columbus at 614-963-9962 or reach out online.