Drug Possession or Trafficking Charges
Help from an Experienced Mansfield Drug Crime Attorney
Ohio law (under Ohio Revised Code §2925.11) prohibits the act of obtaining, possessing or using a controlled substance when one is not authorized to do so through a lawful prescription, or through one's profession. Controlled substances include drugs such as cocaine, heroin, L.S.D. and marijuana. A drug possession offense can be either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the type of drug involved and the amount. Schedule I and II drugs lead to harsher penalties than Schedule III, IV and V drugs. Furthermore, the larger the amount of the drug, the more severe the penalties are.
Have you been charged with drug possession or trafficking in Mansfield, Columbus, or another part of North Central Ohio? If you are facing this type of drug charge, it is in your best interests to consult with an attorney as soon as possible concerning your options. Without the right legal strategy in place, you could be at much higher risk of suffering from penalties such as expensive fines and jail or prison time.
My name is James J. Mayer III, and I am a Mansfield criminal defense lawyer who knows how to give prosecutors a tough challenge in the courtroom. Since I am a former felony prosecutor, I understand how the prosecutors are approaching your case. This makes me a powerful ally for criminal defendants who are dealing with all types of charges. I have 18 years of criminal law experience that I am ready to use for your benefit!
Defenses Against Drug Possession or Drug Trafficking Charges
In each drug possession case I handle, I fully investigate the facts to determine how I can best defend my client. In many cases, I find that prosecutors are going off of evidence that is questionable at best. It is my job to raise these issues before the court and take every action possible to ensure that the defendant is not wrongfully convicted. I am oftentimes able to secure positive outcomes for my clients, whether that is through an acquittal, a dismissal of the charges or lighter sentencing.
Here are a few of the many different types of defenses that can be used in drug possession or trafficking cases:
- There is good reason to believe that the defendant did not know about the drug's presence on his or her person or property.
- The drug was found in/on property controlled by multiple individuals, meaning that someone other than the defendant could have easily placed the drugs there.
- There is not a strong enough link between the defendant and the place where the drugs were found, such as if they were found in the trash close to where the defendant was standing.
- Law enforcement officers used illegal means (such as illegal search and seizure) to obtain the drugs, therefore making the evidence invalid in court.
- The defendant had a valid prescription for the controlled substance at issue.
Contact the Mayer Law Firm so I can discuss your criminal matter with you and help you draw up a solid defense plan. Talking to me about your case won't cost a thing, since I offer free case evaluations. Take action today!
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