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Being arrested for a drug offense may make you feel like your life is over. You may be resigned to plead guilty, hoping to get a reduced sentence, but drug crimes come with severe penalties that can affect you for the rest of your life. You shouldn’t give up without a fight!
The drug charge lawyers near you in Columbus, Koffel Brininger Nesbitt defends a wide array of drug crimes in Ohio, including drug trafficking, manufacturing & cultivation, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, and much more. We focus on controlled substance cases and have enjoyed a significant amount of success against marijuana cultivation charges.
For a free legal consultation with a drug crimes lawyer serving Columbus, call 614-675-4845
Reasons to Choose Our Drug Crime Lawyers in Columbus, OH
If you are facing any drug offense in Ohio, you want to be confident that your Columbus drug charge lawyers are the best. Our firm’s success in Ohio drug crime defense and other criminal cases has earned recognition in:
- Best Lawyers in America
- OhioSuper Lawyers®
- Best Law Firms by U.S. News
- Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in Ohio
This means that our firm has proven itself extremely capable and successful in defending cases in court. This is of utmost importance, especially if your case goes to trial. Courtroom talent is vitally important in drug cases, as well as other criminal charges.
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How We Helped Two Clients Avoid Felony Drug Charges
Recently, we helped a business owner avoid a one-year prison term for “illegal conveyance of a controlled substance into a prison facility”, a third-degree felony with up to five years in prison if convicted. In this particular case, the Ohio State Patrol had DNA and handwriting evidence tying our client to the crime. After Attorney Tod Brininger presented mitigation to the Court, the judge sentenced our client to two years of community control, and fines, and ordered him to serve only seven days in the local jail.
In another case, our client was arrested for DUI / OVI and Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a fifth-degree felony. After negotiations, Licking County Municipal Court dismissed the DUI / OVI case. Our client was placed into ILC (Treatment in Lieu of Conviction) for a period of two years. After the successful completion of ILC, the court will dismiss his felony case.
Classification of Controlled Substances in Ohio
The state of Ohio classifies drugs into different categories (schedules) according to their potential for dependence and accepted medical use, with Schedule I being the highest and Schedule V the lowest. Drugs that fall into the higher categories carry the heaviest fines and jail. We’ve broken down each classification so that you can better understand how your case may be treated in court.
- Schedule I: Drugs that have the highest potential for abuse/dependence and no accepted medical use, including drugs like heroin, LSD, and marijuana. (Medical marijuana was only recently exempted from this class.)
- Schedule II: Drugs that have a high potential for abuse/dependence and limited medical use, such as cocaine and some prescription pain medication.
- Schedule III: Drugs with moderate potential for abuse/dependence and accepted medical use, such as ketamine.
- Schedule IV: Drugs that have a moderate to low potential for abuse/dependence and accepted medical use, such as Xanax and Ambien.
- Schedule V: Drugs with a low potential for abuse/dependence that are commonly used for medical purposes, such as cold medicine and other over-the-counter drugs.
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Let Our Columbus Drug Crime Lawyer Fight for You Today
No matter what type of drug crime you’ve been accused of, it’s important to hire an experienced and knowledgeable drug crime lawyer. An attorney specializing in drug offenses can help you understand the charges against you, as well as the potential consequences if convicted.
At Koffel Brininger Nesbitt, we can review your case and develop a tailored defense strategy that takes into account the specific facts and circumstances surrounding the alleged offense. Our team will also be able to explain how the law applies to your situation and provide advice on possible outcomes or legal options available to you.
Additionally, our firm can negotiate with prosecutors for lesser sentences or reduced charges. In some cases, we may even be able to get evidence excluded from the court, which can result in a dismissal of charges or an acquittal.
Hiring our Columbus rug crime lawyer is essential for anyone facing criminal charges related to drugs. We can defend your rights and help you seek justice in the face of a difficult legal situation.
The DEA publishes information on the most commonly abused and misused drugs in America in its Drugs of Abuse, a valuable resource you can read for yourself here (PDF).