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What Does It Mean to Be Charged With Aggravated Drug Possession in Ohio?

You are most likely to be charged with aggravated drug possession in Ohio when police suspect that you have intentionally bought or used amphetamines, methamphetamine or a prescription opioid painkiller without a prescription. The charge will be prosecuted as a felony, and the potential criminal penalties will depend on the weight of the drugs you allegedly possessed.

  • 2019-05-27
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Common Facts About Drinking and Driving in Ohio

From my perspective as a longtime Franklin County drunk driving attorney, the most-concerning fact about driving under the influence involves how easy it is to get charged unfairly and inappropriately with DUI. People can easily fail field sobriety tests due to factors that have nothing to do with intoxication. Legal blood alcohol concentration limits for drivers younger than 21 (.02 BAC) and for commercial truck drivers (.04 BAC) are low enough to register false positives even when the suspect has not been drinking within hours of getting behind the wheel. DUI checkpoints create stress in drivers that can be interpreted by law enforcement officers as confusion and lack of coordination brought on by drunkenness.

  • 2017-08-18
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What Types of Prescription Drugs Can Cause a DUI Charge?

Ohio laws that prohibit operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI) apply equally to diving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The category of drugs, of course, includes prescription medications, so taking a wide range of otherwise perfectly legally and safe drugs can put an Ohio driver at risk for arrest and conviction. If you find yourself in this difficult situation, consider reaching out to a Columbus, Ohio OVI defense attorney, who understands how to handle cases involving prescription drug use.

  • 2016-10-17
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Charges for the Illegal Manufacture of Drugs

Under both Ohio and federal law, the illegal manufacture of drugs is a very serious crime.  If the controlled substance manufactured was a schedule I or II drug, this is classified as a second degree felony and the penalty for this is a mandatory two to eight years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.  If the manufacturing took place in the vicinity of juveniles or of a school, the sentence is enhanced to be a first degree felony with three to 10 years in prison and a fine of as much as $20,000. 

Schedule I drugs include heroin, LSD, marijuana drug crime, ecstasy, methaqualone, and peyote. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, Schedule I drugs are defined as “drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence.” 

  • 2015-12-07
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Understand Drug Paraphernalia Charges in Ohio

It is very easy to draw a drug paraphernalia charge in Ohio, The relevant state law, section 2925.14 of the Ohio Revised Code (O.R.C.), defines drug paraphernalia so broadly that even possessing a spoon or a box of small plastic bags can result in an arrest and conviction that brings jail time, high fines, and a lengthy driver’s license suspension.

  • 2019-05-06
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Drunk Driving Attorneys in Columbus, Ohio

Open Container Ticket Defense in Columbus Ohio

Violating Ohio's open container law is surprisingly easy and can have serious consequences. Fortunately, defending against a citation or a criminal charge is possible with the help of an experienced Columbus Ohio drunk driving attorney.

  • 2017-05-26
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Why Sobriety Tests Are Unreliable

Combinations of field sobriety tests and chemical tests for alcohol and drugs are used to make arrests and secure convictions for operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI). Each set of assessments have reliability issues. A skilled Delaware, Ohio, OVI attorney will know how to probe those weaknesses while mounting a defense against a drunk or drugged driving charge.

When a law enforcement official stops a driver for suspicion of driving under the influence, he or she will ask the suspect to perform several tasks. Refusing the request is within the suspect’s rights, but doing so will likely result in an arrest and administrative license suspension.

  • 2016-04-07
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Penalties for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs in Ohio

Law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges in Ohio take driving under the influence of drugs every bit as seriously as they do drunk driving. In, fact, they use the same criminal code language of “operating a vehicle while intoxicated,” or OVI, and impose the same basic penalties.

  • 2019-04-15
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How Long Will I Spend in Jail as a DUI Offender?

One of the primary reasons to hire a Columbus drunk driving attorney is to get help with staying out of a county jail cell.

The following table summarizes the types of jail sentences Ohio courts can impose for operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI). Note that avoiding incarceration altogether is pretty much impossible for what judges call a “high test” conviction, even when the defendant has no previous history of driving under the influence.

  • 2017-01-24
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How Officers Test for Alcohol and Drugs in Your System

There are three chemical tests law enforcement officers may perform on you if you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) or operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI). Officers may test your breath, your blood and/or your urine to determine if you have a blood alcohol content level (BAC) over the legal limit. In Ohio, DUI penalties for a first time offense are set according to your BAC level.  If the BAC was between .08% and .17%, there is a mandatory three-day jail stay.

  • 2015-12-10
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