Akron Drug Crime Lawyer

Charged with a Drug Crime? Work With an Experienced Defense Firm

Crimes that involve drugs of any kind can be punished in a harsh manner because of the damage that can take place to society. Drug crime charges can range from misdemeanors to serious felonies and the penalties will alter depending up on the specific crime.

The State of Ohio is strictly against drug crimes of any type and the prosecution associated with these cases is some of the strictest in the nation. Fortunately, my firm can help you protect your freedom and defend your rights if you are charged with any of the following crimes:

Possession of Controlled Substance

The illegal possession of a controlled substance will be charged according to the amount of the controlled substance found in your possession. Ohio separates the illegal possession of a controlled substance in five schedules. Schedule I and II possession charges refers to the aggravated possession of drugs. Schedule III, IV, and V possession charges refer to the possession of drugs without aggravated factors.

Drug Trafficking or Distribution

If you have been charged with drug trafficking or distribution, you will need strong defense for any type of drug. Drug trafficking is a broad term that relates to shipping, preparing to ship, transporting, and dealing in narcotics. Distribution is another term used to describe trafficking offenses in Ohio. As a result of the "war on drugs," trafficking and distribution are taken very seriously.

Manufacture of Drugs

Drug manufacturing is a criminal offense that involves the growth or creation of illegal substances. When manufacturing takes place, the purpose is to sell, distribute, or traffic the drug. Manufactured drugs in Ohio can include methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and prescription drugs. Typically, illegal drug manufacturing in Ohio takes place in homes, grow houses, and meth labs.

Cultivation of Marijuana

Drug cultivation of marijuana is defined and prohibited in O.R.C. § 2925.04. As an illegal offense in the state of Ohio, those who are found with grow operations can face severe consequences. Heavy penalties exist for the manufacture or cultivation of marijuana (or marihuana) in this state. Specific penalties will depend on the amount of drug and any aggravated factors.

Prescription Fraud

Not all drug crimes involve illegal controlled substances. Prescription fraud is a drug crime that refers to obtaining a drug from a doctor or pharmacist through fraudulent methods. Some of the most common drugs involved in prescription fraud are morphine, oxycodone, Darvocet, and Valium. Doctor shopping, prescription forging, and impersonating medical staff are methods of prescription fraud.

Other Drug Crimes

Many types of drugs and offenses can result in incarceration, heavy fines, and other criminal penalties. Under Ohio law, tampering of drugs is a common offense which takes place to both club drugs and prescription drugs. Individuals who tamper with a dangerous drug or alter the packaging of a drug can be charged with drug tampering. It is a criminal offense to permit a felony drug abuse offense to occur. Another drug crime in Ohio is corrupting a minor with drugs, which is to cause him or her to use that controlled substance. The abuse of inhalants is another offense that is committed by both adults and youth. When individuals use household products to get high, they can be criminally charged.

Call for your free consultation with me, a dedicated and aggressive Akron drug crimes defense attorney!

Types of Drugs

Drugs are divided into different categories based on their typical use. Club drugs are a category of drugs often used by teenagers and young adults at bars, nightclubs, parties, and concerts.

Common club drugs include:

  • Ecstasy
  • Rohypnol
  • Ketamine
  • GHB

Akron and Cleveland's drug problems are not simply caused by illegal substances. Many drug crimes throughout the city and state are caused by the abuse of prescription drugs. Prescription drugs are another category which is a large concern for law enforcement.

Commonly abused prescription drugs include:

  • OxyContin
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Percocet
  • Vicodin
  • Xanax
  • Valium

Contact an Akron Drug Lawyer for a Free Case Evaluation

At Christopher G. Thomarios, Esq. LLC, we can handle cases involving marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and prescription drugs. If you have been arrested for any type of drug charge involving any kind of drug, I encourage you to schedule a free case evaluation. Convictions for drug crimes can damage your future and the goals that you once possessed.

If you or a loved one has been charged with any combination of the above drug crimes, contact my firm at your earliest convenience. As an Akron drug attorney, I offer dedicated and aggressive legal representation during each step of your case.

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