Police officers in Ohio will often search for drugs on someone's person, in their homes or in their vehicles. The Fourth Amendment protects people against illegal search and seizures in many areas. However, it is important to note that the Fourth Amendment does not apply unless one has a reasonable expectation of privacy in the area that was searched.
When people think of drug crimes, they often think of possessing or distributing illegal substances, such as cocaine, LSD and heroin. However, possessing any drug without a prescription can result in criminal charges. In fact, with the prevalence of prescription drug abuse these days, law enforcement and criminal courts have been focused on cracking down on illegal prescription drug use and distribution.
According to Ohio law, any person who knowingly possesses a controlled substance can face serious consequences, including fines and jail time. However, many people charged with drug crimes are often charged with additional crimes for resisting arrest or otherwise failing to follow the instructions of the officers on the scene.
Possessing or distributing controlled substances in the state of Ohio is an illegal act that could result in criminal charges. Many employers, courts, and law enforcement officials require drug testing to ensure that people do not have illegal drugs in their system. However, many Ohio residents struggle with drug addiction, as the number of drug overdose deaths in the state reached 4,854 in 2017. Some drug addicts do whatever they can to beat the test, from using synthetic urine to using additives to defraud the screening test.
Ohio residents facing drug possession or distribution charges worry about the consequences they will face if they are convicted. With jail time, fines, and a criminal record on the line, they have reason to be concerned. However, many drug charges are dismissed thanks to the use of an effective defense strategy.
Many people mistakenly believe that as long as they themselves are not using, possessing or distributing drugs, they will not face criminal charges. However, according to Ohio Rev. Code 2925.13, permitting drug abuse on one's property is a crime.
Doctors and pharmacists are trusted professionals in our community that have people's lives in their hands. Due to this responsibility, medical professionals are legally obligated to only prescribe and dispense medication for legitimate medical purposes. Illegally prescribing medications is a drug crime and can lead to jail time and other serious consequences.
Under the Fourth Amendment, all citizens are protected against unlawful search and seizures. However, many Ohio motorists end up facing drug charges after an officer uncovers evidence of a crime during an illegal search and seizure of their vehicle. If your attorney can prove that the evidence was obtained during an unlawful search, the charges you face for drug crimes could be dropped altogether.
A former Ohio State football player and another man were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop. Former defensive lineman Michael Hill, and his passenger, were pulled over after Hill allegedly ran a red light near an interstate off-ramp.
Ohio State Representative Sedrick Denson, D-Bond Hill, reportedly faces criminal charges after a routine traffic stop earlier this month. Denson apparently was stopped for speeding and driving outside lane lines. Denson apparently submitted to a number of field sobriety tests, including the finger-to-nose, walk-and-turn and Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus. However, Denson allegedly refused a chemical test, according to the police complaint.