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Drug Crimes

Columbus Drug Crime Attorney

Aggressively Defending Clients Facing Drug Charges

Drug offenses are vigorously pursued by both state and federal agencies. Prosecutors will work tenaciously towards convictions and oftentimes perfectly innocent people can find themselves facing unexpected charges. Regardless of the drug crime you or a loved one has been accused of, our Columbus drug crime attorneys can work tirelessly to clear your name and protect your future.

Our firm has more than 15 years of experience and is proud to have fought for many clients who were wrongly or overzealously arrested for drug crimes. We focus entirely on defending clients from their criminal charges and devote all our attention to this area of law. Both Attorney Zachuary Meranda and Attorney Edward Itayim have been selected to the 2014-2015 Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list, demonstrating their dedication to superior legal services.

Ready to start building your defense for a drug crime? Schedule a free initial consultation! online or call (614) 707-4239 to speak with an experienced Columbus drug crimes lawyer today.

Common Types of Ohio Drug Offenses

Certain drug offenses can be charged as federal crimes, which means higher penalties could be enforced for a conviction under the federal Controlled Substances Act. This is why it is even more critical that you retain the services of a Columbus drug crime attorney who knows how to navigate these complex cases.

We can represent clients charged with the following:

Whether you are up against a state or federal level drug crime charge, make sure you act fast to protect your livelihood, your freedom, and your reputation. Our firm can advocate on your behalf when you call on us!

Penalties for Drug Crimes in Ohio

There are many criminal activities that can be associated with drug crimes, from possession of a controlled substance to manufacturing. However, the penalties will typically depend on the type and amount of drug involved in that particular crime. Furthermore, if federal charges are filed, the penalties will be greatly increased. Though simple possession of a small amount of a substance, such as marijuana, may only result in a civil citation or a misdemeanor with no jail time, many drug offenders do not get off so lightly.

These offenses can lead to the following penalties:

  • Prison sentences up to several years
  • Hundreds or thousands of dollars in fines
  • Probation or mandatory drug program
  • Loss of property

Charges and penalties can be enhanced by prior convictions, use of a firearm, involvement of a minor, or drug activity near school zones or parks. Regardless of whether you are facing your first charge or your fourth, you need to act fast to defend your future against such serious repercussions.

Various drug crimes include: drug possession, drug distribution, drug trafficking, drug cultivation and drug paraphernalia. The penalties for possession of drugs vary according to the drug that is found in possession. The different charges are broken down in the following way:

Drug possession / Cultivation:

  • Marijuana: misdemeanor if under 200g punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a maximum fine up to $250. Felony if more than 200g and punishable by six months to eight years in jail and a fine between $2,500- $15,000
  • Concentrated drugs: misdemeanor if less than 10g solid or 2g liquid and punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $250 fine. Felony if more than that and it is punishable by three to eight years in jail and a fine between $2,500-$15,000

Drug Distribution / Trafficking:

  • Less than 20g: misdemeanor with a fine of $150
  • Between 20-200g: felony punishable by one year in jail and a $500 fine
  • 200-1000g: felony punishable by six months to 1.5 years in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500
  • More than 1000g: felony punishable by one to five years in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500
  • 20,000-40,000g: felony punishable by a minimum of five years and up to eight years in prison and a fine of up to $2,500
  • More than 40,000g: felony punishable by a minimum of eight years in prison and a fine of $2,500

Drug Paraphernalia:

  • Possession of paraphernalia: misdemeanor with a fine of up to $150
  • Sale of paraphernalia: misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a maximum fine of $750

Drug convictions in Ohio can result in a loss of driving privileges as well. The amount of time could be anywhere from six months to five years depending on the conviction. The penalties for drug crimes in Ohio are strict and there is a lot at stake when facing any of these charges. In order to protect yourself from a tainted criminal record, jail time and large fines team up with a Columbus drug crime attorney who has experience representing defendants for drug charges.

Prescription Drug Offenses in Ohio

In some cases, individuals with unlawfully obtained prescription drugs may be charged for possession or distribution. Some of the more common prescription drugs used on the streets include Percocet, Vicodin, Oxycodone, Xanax, Adderall, and Soma.

Typically, prescription drug offenses may include prescription drug fraud, prescription drug theft, illegal sale or distribution of prescription drugs, or violation of federal or state laws regarding controlled substances.

Many other drug charges exist, including but not limited to:

  • Drug manufacturing
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Doctor shopping
  • Marijuana charges
  • Possession with the intent to sell

If you or someone you love has been arrested and charged with a drug crime, it’s important to know the serious nature of a potential conviction. There are so many future consequences including both legal matters and personal matters.

Understanding the potential defense tactics available to you can help you feel at ease during what is a very stressful situation. Some of the potential defenses to drug charges may include the following:

  • The search was illegal
  • Officers didn’t read you your rights
  • Officers violated your rights
  • Evidence was tampered with
  • The drugs belonged to another party
  • Evidence is insufficient
  • You were caught using entrapment

When you work with a Columbus drug crime attorney, you have the resources necessary to help you navigate the complex legal process. You get someone who can explain your rights and options, working to defend them every step of the way.

What Can I Do to Fight My Drug Charges?

One of the most important steps you can take after being charged with a drug crime is hiring an attorney you can trust. This legal resource can never be underestimated! When officers or investigators are interrogating you, having a strong advocate in your corner is crucial. Furthermore, a Columbus drug criminal lawyer can work to craft a strategic and effective legal defense that works to clear your name.

The following types of defenses can be used in drug cases:

  • An illegal search and seizure was used to obtain evidence
  • Officers failed to read you your rights or violated them in some way
  • The evidence obtained was tampered with
  • The drugs belonged to another individual or party
  • Lack of strong or sufficient evidence
  • Entrapment was used to get you to commit the crime
  • You have a valid prescription for the drug

When you come to The Meranda Law Firm LTD, we will carefully review the details involved in your case and use our insight and knowledge to build an airtight defense. Our team is focused on helping you overcome your serious charges. Don't go with unreliable, inexperienced representation when you can hire our firm!

Exploring Alternative Sentencing Options for Drug Crimes

When facing drug charges in Ohio, it's important to understand that there may be alternative sentencing options available to you. Our experienced Columbus drug crime attorneys can help explore these options and advocate for the best possible outcome in your case.

Alternative sentencing options for drug crimes may include:

  • Drug Court Programs - These programs offer treatment and rehabilitation as an alternative to traditional sentencing.
  • Diversion Programs - These programs allow first-time offenders to complete requirements such as drug education classes or community service in exchange for having charges dismissed.
  • Probation - Instead of serving time in jail, probation may be granted with conditions such as drug testing, counseling, or community service.

By working with an experienced legal team like The Meranda Law Firm LTD, you can explore these alternative sentencing options and potentially avoid harsh penalties associated with drug crimes in Ohio.

Understanding the Importance of Experienced Legal Representation

When facing drug charges, it is crucial to have an experienced drug crime attorney by your side. The legal system can be complex and navigating through it without proper guidance can have serious consequences. At The Meranda Law Firm LTD, our team of skilled attorneys has extensive experience in defending clients against drug charges in Columbus, OH.

Here are a few reasons why hiring an experienced Columbus drug crime attorney is vital:

  1. Knowledge of the law: Drug laws can be intricate and constantly changing. Our Columbus attorneys stay updated on the latest laws and regulations to provide you with the most effective defense strategy.
  2. Investigation and evidence gathering: Our team will thoroughly investigate your case, gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and examining police procedures. This comprehensive approach allows us to find any weaknesses in the prosecution's case.
  3. Defense strategy: With our expertise, we will develop a strong defense strategy tailored to your specific circumstances. This may include challenging the legality of the search and seizure, questioning witness credibility, or negotiating for reduced charges or alternative sentencing options.
  4. Protecting your rights: We are committed to protecting your constitutional rights throughout the legal process. Our team will ensure that law enforcement and prosecutors adhere to proper procedures and that your rights are not violated.
  5. Minimizing penalties: If convicted, drug charges can result in severe penalties, including fines, probation, mandatory drug treatment programs, and even imprisonment. Our goal is to minimize these consequences and explore all possible avenues for a favorable outcome.

Don't face drug charges alone. Contact The Meranda Law Firm LTD today for a skilled Columbus drug crime attorney who will fight relentlessly to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

Facing charges for a drug crime? Speak with our dedicated Columbus drug crime attorneys online or call (614) 707-4239 today for strong and swift legal advocacy.


Hear From Our Happy Clients

Reviews & Testimonials

At The Meranda Law Firm LTD, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.

    “As stress free as it can be”
    A criminal case can be very stressful. The Meranda Law Firm can help you with this process. Zack is there to make sure that you get the best personal one on one help you can get. So you don't get pushed around in the system. Takes all the worry out of your case. Very down to earth guy. Easy to talk too. Without Zack I don't know where I would be right now. Thanks Zack; can't tell you how much I appreciate the help you gave me. If you are looking for a lawyer that can take the stress out of your case Zack is your guy
    - Jeff w
    “Great Representation”
    There are three reasons I recommend Zachuary Meranda if you are arrested for DUI. First off, he is a straight shooter. Never did he sugar coat my situation. Second, he handled everything while keeping me informed and walked me through everything as it progressed. Third, he got me the result- NO DUI!!! Thanks Zak!
    - Shane Dolen
    “Excellent job!”
    We are very appreciative of the efforts put forth by Zach Meranda. The outcome was positive and he made us feel secure in an out of control situation. Felt glad to have him defending us and having his common sense approach to our case. We would recommend his services to anyone in need.
    - Anonymous
    “I Highly Recommend The Meranda Law Firm”
    I couldn't have asked for a better attorney. I've had other attorneys and Zach is the only one that actually knew my case and put a lot of time and effort into making sure the outcome was good, which it definitely was. I really think he is one of the best attorneys & I highly recommend him to anyone that needs legal help.
    - Payton R
    “Great work!!”
    Zach Meranda was a real attorney with a no bull shit strategy!!! But he won my criminal case even when the odds were against me and I thank him and his associates!!
    - Pfeifer
    “Great Job”
    Zach did a great job representing me. He worked hard to take care of me in my case. If I ever need a lawyer again, I'll definitely give him a call first.
    - Rod
    “Great Attorney”
    Zach is a great attorney. He has represented me twice and both times I got positive results. If you need an attorney call The Meranda Law Firm, he's the best.
    - Frances Benson
    “An Attorney That Will Give You His All!”
    Zach is incredibly professional and will work as hard as he can for you, no matter how big or small your case is. He shows genuine concern and interest in his client and the situation. He is straight forward and honest. Zach was the third attorney on my case and the only one that actually took the time to become familiar with my case. He was not intimidated as my previous attorneys were and his competency resulted in my case ending in a very satisfying outcome.
    - Rylan Burrie

Have Questions?

We Have Answers!
  • What should I do if my child was arrested?
    No parent wants their child to have to go through an ordeal like being arrested. When these situations do occur, it can be difficult to determine what the best course of action would be. The juvenile justice system is different from the adult justice system and so it is important that you have a legal representative who understands the juvenile system and can help you get through this time. Whether your child has been accused of DUI, a drug crime, a misdemeanor, or a felony, you will be able to have peace of mind knowing that we are there helping you every step of the way.
  • Can I afford a criminal defense attorney?
    Another question you will have to consider when deciding which defense lawyer to handle your case is whether or not you can afford it. At The Meranda Law Firm LTD, we want to be able to provide reasonable rates to our clients so that you can get the help you need. In order to give you an idea of how much it will be, we will meet with you in a free consultation and discuss what kind of fees you could expect.
  • How do I appeal my conviction?
    What should you do if you have already been convicted of a crime and have received your sentence? If you believe that justice was not served, your first step should be to contact our firm to see if we could help you appeal your case. Not every attorney takes on appeal cases they can be more complex and time-consuming than other cases. At The Meranda Law Firm LTD, however, we are committed to fighting for the rights of our clients, no matter how difficult the case. If you want us to look over your case, please contact our team as soon as possible.

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