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What are drug manufacturing and cultivation charges?

Many may believe that possession and sale of drugs are illegal in Ohio, but manufacturing and cultivation of drugs, such as marijuana and methamphetamine is also considered a punishable offense, with the production of marijuana being a Schedule I offense.

Can I appeal my drug crimes conviction?

Many Ohio residents convicted on criminal charges may not realize it, but it is possible certain errors took place while their criminal case was going through the legal system. When these errors do not have a substantial effect on the result at trial or affect the defendant's substantial rights, they are known as harmless errors. However, when the error was not harmless, it could become the grounds for an appeal to an appellate court.

100 indicted in drug crimes

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.

Avoid penalties for drug crimes with a strong advocate's help

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.

What are the penalties for forged prescriptions?

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.

Know the difference between different drug charges

Readers of this Cincinnati criminal defense legal blog are encouraged in all cases to discuss their pending charges with attorneys who practice criminal law. Information contained in this and other posts on this site are offered as information only and readers should not rely on the contents presented herein as legal advice.

What is drug paraphernalia?

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?

DEA uses GPS device to track down suspect

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.

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