Ohio drug trafficking charges may lead to severe consequences. Without skilled legal representation is essential for defendants facing serious criminal charges. An experienced drug trafficking defense attorney from Williams, Kratcoski & Can has the experience, legal knowledge and familiarity with the court system that may make it possible to have these charges reduced or dropped.
Ohio Revised Code § 2925.03 defines drug trafficking as the act of selling, offering for sale, distributing, delivering, transporting or shipping a drug or other controlled substance. The law stipulates that the accused either knew or had reasonable cause to believe that can assist any criminal defendant to face serious charges head on.
The Consequences of Drug Trafficking
This law covers a broad range of substances including illegal drugs, prescription medications, street drugs and more. In Ohio, drug trafficking charges may be brought in state court, federal court or in both courts. Consequences that defendants may face vary depending upon the type of drug, the amount of the drug in the defendant’s possession and whether or not the defendant was in close proximity to a school or other place where juveniles were present.
The penalties also may be more or less severe depending upon which schedule the controlled substance is listed on. Ohio Rev. Code § 2925.03(C)(2) sets the consequences for those who are convicted of trafficking in a controlled substance on schedules III, IV or V. Aggravated drug trafficking charges under Ohio Rev. Code § 2925.03(C)(1) are filed when the drug is listed on schedules I or II.
Skilled Legal Representation
The penalties for an Ohio drug trafficking conviction can change the entire course of a person’s life. District attorneys aggressively prosecute these matters, and that makes representation by an equally aggressive defense attorney imperative. Contact Williams, Kratcoski & Can today to learn more about protecting yourself from drug trafficking charges.