Columbus Drug Crime Lawyers
Defense Against Misdemeanor & Felony Charges
Have you been accused of possessing or dealing drugs or participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy? If so, you could be facing years of prison time if you are convicted. It is important to consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer right away to discuss your options.
At Plymale & Dingus, our Columbus criminal defense attorneys —including two former prosecutors— have over 70 years of combined experience and are skilled at defending clients against drug trafficking charges. We know how the state of Ohio pursues convictions in these cases and what can be done to assert the rights and interests of the accused.
The time to start mounting an effective defense is now. Contact us today to request a free inital consultation with our team.
Understanding the Potential Consequences
Drug trafficking is a broad term encompassing all aspects of drug transportation and dealing. As part of the “War on Drugs,” drug trafficking is taken very seriously by law enforcement and criminal prosecutors in Ohio and nationwide. If the police are accusing you of any sort of drug trafficking, you could be facing a felony charge and a mandatory minimum prison sentence if you are convicted.
Federal and state drug trafficking laws criminalize not only the distribution of illegal drugs like marijuana, crack cocaine, and powder cocaine, but also the illegal distribution of prescription drugs such as OxyContin and Xanax. In all of these cases, the penalties can be very severe.
Protecting Your Rights & Fighting Your Charges
There are several options for fighting serious drug charges. You have constitutional rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures and to remain silent during criminal investigations, and it may be possible to show that the police have violated these rights. Our Columbus drug crime attorneys know what to look for in these cases and ensure that any violation of your rights is brought to the court's attention.
Typically, the police go after a suspected drug trafficking network by getting an informant and then seizing evidence from private places or questioning suspects based on the claims made by that informant. We are experienced at attacking each aspect of this process.
Drug Possession & Paraphernalia Charges
Drug possession and paraphernalia charges are serious criminal accusations in Ohio. If you are convicted, you could be facing a mandatory driver’s license suspension for six months or more and your criminal record could affect your education, employment, and professional licensing.
While certain drug charges—such as possession of a small amount of marijuana, counterfeit drugs, or drug paraphernalia—are misdemeanor crimes, most are felonies, meaning the court can impose a prison sentence if you are convicted.
While drug trafficking, dealing, and distribution are some of the most serious drug-related felonies, you can be charged with a felony for possession, as well. It is important to consult an attorney as soon as possible after a drug possession or paraphernalia arrest so you can make sure your rights are being protected.
Evaluating All Your Defense Options
In addition to defending against drug possession charges, there are also alternative programs that may be available for defendants who meet certain qualifications. These include diversion programs and treatment in lieu of conviction, which allows defendants an opportunity to avoid a criminal conviction.
We will carefully discuss your options with you so you can make an informed decision about what you want us to do. We will then do whatever we can to avoid conviction or reduce the consequences of your charges.
Do not let the allegations against you go unanswered. Call our defense advocates at (614) 418-6460 today to learn more.