Franklin County Drug Crimes Defense Attorney

Drug crimes are taken very seriously at the state level, and law enforcement is given every tool to make sure that drug offenders don’t get off easy. There is a vast array of potential drug charges available to law enforcement and theses charges range from misdemeanors with slight penalties to felony drug charges which carry long prison sentences and social restrictions. You need to hire a Franklin County drug crimes defense attorney who understands your rights and is experienced in drug crimes defense litigation. Three of the most common drug-related charges are possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell, and felony drug possession.

The law in Ohio defines possession of a controlled substance two ways, actual and constructive. Actual possession is defined as having the controlled substance actually on your body physically such as in your hand or in your pocket. Constructive possession is being in the vicinity of a known illegal substance such as sitting in a car while the drugs are in the glove compartment. It is much more difficult to prove constructive possession.

In instances of possession with the intent to sell, the sheer size or quantity of the drug is often considered intent to sell. Two other ways to determine if there is intent to sell is if you are apprehended in the act of performing a drug sales transaction and if you are preparing or “packaging” drugs into smaller quantities for sale.

The third most common drug crimes related charge is felony drug possession. A drug possession crime escalates to felony drug possession when a person is in possession of an amount of a controlled substance that is in excess of a certain quantity.

If you have an experienced attorney, you can rest assured that your rights will be protected. Maybe the drugs weren’t yours, or you made a mistake, or maybe you have substance abuse issues. You may be simply going through a difficult period of life. Whatever the case, we are here to help. We want to hear about your case. If you have been arrested and accused of drug possession in Franklin County Ohio, you nee a drug crimes attorney that is experienced and knowledgeable. Call the Law Office of John P.M. Rutan today.

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