As has been mentioned before on the Cincinnati Federal Crimes Blog, an indictment indicates a speedier criminal trial. A grand jury is charged with determining whether there is adequate reason for bringing criminal charges against an individual and when the indictment is granted, it allows the government to continue prosecution against the accused individual. Since the grand jury has already seen the evidence and decided to proceed against the accused, there is an assumption that the evidence must be strong.
Ohio, like a majority of the states, is strict on drug crimes. As noted previously on this blog, the rising drug crisis in the country has pushed authorities to strictly penalize even minor drug related infractions, causing people to face long-term consequences for minor crimes. Consequences can include not only prison time and fines, but could also include the suspension of driving privileges.
The rising use and abuse of prescription drugs has fuelled a serious problem in the country. The number of deaths caused by drug overdoses has also skyrocketed in the same period. Many states, including Ohio, have responded by creating laws that curb prescription drug abuse and severely penalize those who forge drug documents.
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Crimes relating to drugs can be complex and sometimes confusing. Ohio residents may know that possessing and selling nonprescription drugs is a drug crime under both federal and state law, but they may not know that it is also possible for charges to ensue if someone possesses material related to those drugs. According to the law, it is illegal for someone to sell or offer for sale, import or export or use the mail or interstate commerce to distribute drug paraphernalia. So what is drug paraphernalia?
No matter the severity of a crime, if an individual is convicted, he or she is likely to endure life-impacting penalties. Many do not realize the consequences of a conviction on drug charges. They may be under the impression that only violent crimes carry heavy fines and lengthy prison sentences. However, when it comes to drug charges, the severity varies depending on a number of factors, including the amount of controlled substance the accused was allegedly found with and the number of times someone has been convicted of a crime before.
The right to be secure in one's home, property and papers is a right many Ohio residents may take for granted, but those facing drug charges may appreciate this constitutional right. The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution protects Americans from unreasonable behavior by government officials, which means it generally protects against unreasonable searches and seizures.
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.