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.
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
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.
You don't have to face your drug charges alone. Our Columbus drug crime
lawyers are here for you:
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).