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Federal and Ohio state law enforcement agencies continue to crackdown on drug offenses in order to reduce the amount of illegal drugs on the streets of Ohio.
If you are facing drug related charges including possession, distribution, manufacture, dealing, interstate trafficking, and laundering drug money, it is important that you are represented by an experienced drug charge defense trial lawyer. Columbus, Ohio drug defense attorney W. Joseph Edwards handles drug cases involving both state and federal regulations.
Drug possession charges can lead to major fines and even jail time. Depending on the substance and the quantity of the controlled substance, the penalty for a drug possession charge can be as little as a minor misdemeanor and a small fine or can have mandatory jail time and considerably large fines. While a possession of heroin charge in any amount of more than 5 grams but less than 10 grams is a felony of the third degree and carries a presumption of a prison sentence. Possession of more than 10 grams of Heroin in Ohio is a mandatory sentence of at least 2 years. Even a minor possession of marijuana charge can have a lasting impact, including disqualification from certain jobs, increased consequences on any possible future charges. It is important to discuss the current penalties and potential future ramifications with an experienced drug defense attorney in order to determine the best course of action to take to protect your future.
Federal and Ohio state law enforcement agencies continue to crackdown on prescription drug offenses including charging doctors and other prescribers of narcotics with dealing of OxyContin, as well as patients who may be considered as “doctor shopping” and buying prescription drugs “in bulk”, interstate drug trafficking or dealing prescription drugs. If you are facing OxyContin or any other drug related charges including possession, dealing, interstate trafficking, and laundering drug money, it is important that you are represented by an experienced trial lawyer like Columbus, Ohio drug defense attorney W. Joseph Edwards. As a federal trial lawyer, attorney Edwards can handle drug charges involving both state and federal regulations.
Federal trafficking charges for 500 grams of Cocaine, 40 grams of Fentanyl, 100 grams of Heroin, 1 gram of LSD, 5 grams pure Methamphetamine, 10 grams pure PCP, or 100 kilograms of Marijuana carry a mandatory minimum of 5 years prison time for the first offense.
Whether you are facing Ohio or Federal charges for dealing, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances, drug charge defense attorney Joe Edwards can help by evaluating your situation, reviewing your options, and seeking the best possible outcome to your case, whether it be a potential plea bargain, jury trial, dismissal, or other resolution of your drug case.
Because of the severe nature of Ohio and Federal drug laws for the sale and possession of drugs, an individual charged with trafficking, distribution, possession, or under investigation for drugs must hire an experienced lawyer immediately to prevent an unacceptable result. W. Joseph Edwards has practice in the area of criminal defense work for 25 years and has represented numerous individuals in both State and Federal court that were charges with serious drug offenses.
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The penalty if convicted of dealing drugs in Ohio can be severe. Conviction of selling more than 10 grams of heroin in Ohio carries a mandatory prison sentence of at least 2 years, with enhanced penalties if the transaction takes place near a school or a juvenile. Depending on the circumstances, the substance and the quantity of the controlled substance, the charges can be prosecuted in federal court, rather than Ohio.