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If you have been arrested and charged with a drug crime, it is imperative that your Cleveland drug crime attorney is a trial lawyer with extensive experience in defending crimes related to controlled substances. Don't assume that you will be convicted. There are many cases in which law enforcement has overstepped the bounds of the law in search and seizure, and the evidence against you may or may not be admissible in court.

Your case has unique circumstances and evidence and the facts should be reviewed at once. In defending against a drug offense, your first action must be to have the details analyzed by our firm. We are one of the state's top criminal trial law firms, and our lawyer is prepared to help you immediately.

Penalties for Drug Crimes

Ohio lawmakers have passed tough statutes that punish drug offenders heavily, particularly those that are convicted of:

  • Trafficking
  • Distribution
  • Cultivation
  • Manufacturing

Marijuana is one of the most common controlled substances that leads to criminal charges, and is not legalized in our state, although it has been decriminalized in cases of small amounts. Possession of marijuana in small amounts (less than 100 grams) is a misdemeanor, and does not lead to incarceration, but does include a minimal fine of $150. Other consequences of this minor offense can come as a surprise. Minor possession of marijuana results in the loss of a person's driver's license, and the inability to get student loans.

If the amount of marijuana alleged to have been in your possession is 100 – 200 grams, the penalties can include up to 30 days in jail, and a $250 fine.

UPDATE: In September 2016, Ohio lawmakers passed HB 523, a measure legalizing medical marijuana for certain qualifying conditions. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program began selling medicinal cannabis in early 2019, and while it condones the regulated use of marijuana by registered patients, marijuana is still illegal for recreational use in Ohio, as well as in neighboring states and by the federal government.

CBD, a cannabinoid in marijuana that’s less psychoactive than THC and hailed for its therapeutic properties, has gained increased attention as more states legalize cannabis and adopt medical marijuana programs. However, like marijuana, it’s also subject to conflicting laws (which we discuss in depth on our blog – Is CBD Legal in Ohio?).

Read our blog: What You Need to Know About Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Laws.

When the charges are more serious, such as those involving larger amounts of marijuana, including plants, the penalties can imposed can include years in state prison. When the charges are related to selling, distributing, or trafficking marijuana, there is a great risk of prison time being imposed as part of your sentence. Drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, PCP, and illegally obtained prescription drugs are punished even more severely, and will require a very unique defense approach.

Most drug crimes are felony offenses, and can lead to a significant period of incarceration in state or federal prison. At the state level, a fifth degree felony can result in a fine of up to $2,500 and a prison sentence of up to 12 months, while a first degree felony can lead to prison for up to 11 years and fines as high as $20,000. Federal penalties are often far heavier than those imposed at the state level. The impact of a conviction for a felony drug crime will last a lifetime. It is crucial that you contact Friedman & Nemecek, LLC Attorneys at Law to discuss your case immediately.

Why You Need Friedman & Nemecek, LLC Attorneys at Law on Your Side

Our firm has garnered a reputation for excellence, and our attorneys are the recipients of many honors and awards. Our highly distinguished team can provide you with the professional level of defense counsel that could help you to avoid a drug crime conviction. We meet extensively with our clients throughout the duration of the case so that we have sufficient information and evidence to build a compelling defense case to present in court. If you are facing state or federal drug crime charges, look no further than Friedman & Nemecek, LLC Attorneys at Law.

Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney in Cleveland, OH

It is very important that we get involved early in your case. Fill out our free case evaluation form or contact us by phone at once if you have been arrested, or become aware that you are under investigation. Our lawyers understand the severity of your situation, and we take action to protect you against a wrongful conviction. We always give 110% - this is our promise to you. We provide legal defense services throughout Cuyahoga County and Geauga County.

Contact us as soon as possible to discuss your case with our professional drug crime defense lawyer. We give our clients our full attention, and your case will never be shuffled to the "back burner." We genuinely care about our clients and do everything possible to protect them, both in and out of court.

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