Anyone who has listened to the news lately knows that the country is in the midst of an opiate crisis. Overdoses caused by these drugs, which include heroin, have skyrocketed, prompting law enforcement to crackdown on those whom they believe are committing drug crimes. This aggression, though, can result in the trampling of legal protections, leading to false accusations and wrongful convictions. This is why it is critical that Ohioans who are facing drug charges think carefully about how best to defend themselves.
Methamphetamine continues to be a problem across the Midwest. In addition to affecting one's health, methamphetamine can create a whole host of legal troubles. Ohioans who are accused of possessing and using methamphetamine can face jail time, fines, and/or drug diversion programs, as well as damage to their reputations. Those who are accused of more severe drug crimes, like trafficking, can face the potential of decades behind bars and a criminal record that can shatter whatever glimmer of a bright future they may have had.
Last week on the blog we discussed one of the lesser known drug offenses: permitting drug use. While it may be lesser known, it can carry significant penalties that can drastically affect an individual's life. Therefore, those Cincinnati residents who are facing allegations of committing this crime or any other drug offense need to consider their criminal defense options and act on them with confidence.
When people think of drug crimes they often think of drug trafficking, drug dealing, and drug possession. Yet the long reach of the law doesn't stop there. Possessing drug paraphernalia, for example, can also lead to a criminal conviction and the imposition of strict penalties. Therefore, Ohioans need to know how best to protect themselves from such allegations of criminal wrongdoing. The first step is to know the law as it relates to drug charges.
When people think of drug dealing, they often conjure images of drug transactions occurring out in the street, in cars, and in shabby homes, but the truth of the matter is that anyone can be accused of committing a drug crime. This has become especially true as prescription pain pill abuse and the opioid epidemic have ballooned. The police and prosecutors have deepened their investigations, meaning that no one who appears to be affiliated with the drug trade is safe from facing allegations of criminal wrongdoing and subsequent drug charges.
Although marijuana may be gaining more widespread acceptance across the country, legal authorities continue to crack down on marijuana offenders as well as those possessing, dealing, and manufacturing illegal substances. But, depending on the specific law an individual is accused of breaking, the penalties upon conviction can vary widely. So, too, can the legal elements that the prosecution must prove before obtaining that conviction. Therefore, it is imperative that those individuals who are facing allegations of committing a drug crime understand the laws they are accused of breaking, and how best to defend themselves.
The drug laws in Ohio are pretty broad. This means that individuals who think that they are acting in compliance with the law may find themselves being accused of a drug crime. Additionally, innocent individuals who have nothing to do with drugs can come under police scrutiny. When criminal charges are leveled against these individuals, they need to ensure that they aggressively defend themselves, lest they be subjected to harsh penalties.
Being charged with a drug crime can leave you scared, and for good reason. A criminal conviction for a drug crime can not only result in serious penalties, such as lengthy prison time and massive fines, but it can also cause significant damage to one's reputation and ability to act as a functioning member of society. An individual with a drug conviction on his or her record may have difficulty finding a job, securing housing, and even obtaining money to further one's education.
Making accusations of criminal wrongdoing is easy. Proving those allegations is another matter altogether. This is true specifically because the burden of proof is high, and it is placed on the state. Before penalties can be imposed on an individual, prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he or she committed the alleged crime. To obtain these convictions, prosecutors rely on the admission of evidence. Sometimes this evidence is presented in the form of witness testimony, but other times it is presented in a physical form.
Drug crimes, like violent crimes, are of different levels and each level carries with it different penalties. Substances are listed in schedules, depending on various factors such as the potential for abuse and the charges are dependent on the schedule the substance falls under.