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Drug Possession

Columbus Drug Possession Lawyer

Charges Involving Possession of Controlled Substances

Being convicted of drug possession can have a profoundly negative impact on your future. While it may seem like a minor offense, the effects can reverberate in all areas of your life. From difficulties obtaining a job to challenges with applying for housing and paying off court fines, a conviction can carry heavy consequences.

On top of this, extensive man-hours and financial resources being poured into the pursuit of drug offenders. Law enforcement is aggressively pursuing individuals for even minor crimes of possession. You cannot afford to go through this time alone! You need a Columbus drug crime attorney who can deliver counsel and guidance.

How Are Drug Possession Crimes Prosecuted?

Many cases of possession in Ohio can be prosecuted as felonies, which can carry very steep consequences and penalties. Not only are illicit drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and ecstasy illegal to possess, but so are unlawfully obtained prescription drugs. For example, you could face serious charges for simply possessing a bottle of OxyContin that you do not have a valid prescription for. Possession of any of these drugs—even marijuana, when in excess of 1,000 grams—can lead to a class 5 felony charge.

A conviction can bring with it up to a year in prison and fines of up to $2,500. As amounts in your possession increase, so do the potential repercussions, potentially leading to several years' imprisonment. Law enforcement officers are more inclined to consider you guilty of possessing with intent to distribute, rather than simple possession for personal use, should drugs found in your possession exist in larger amounts. This means the penalties could be greatly increased, as the charges will be more severe.

Crafting a Defense Against Possession Charges

Possession charges can be much more complicated than they appear. If the prosecution wants to secure a conviction, they must be able to present sufficient and convincing evidence. This is where our firm comes in. It is our mission to help our clients clear their names by combating any evidence against them and utilizing our negotiating skills to secure the best possible outcome.

We can help clients argue the following to defend their futures:

  • The drugs were not truly in their possession and did not belong to them
  • They were unaware of the drugs and not intentional exercising control over them
  • The evidence against them was obtained through illegal search and seizure
  • Officers violated their rights when arresting or charging them
  • They possessed a valid prescription for the drugs found on them

While some of these defenses can be difficult to enact successfully, you can be confident a positive outcome will be secured when you have an incisive legal representative on your side

Need Legal Advocate? Contact Our Firm Today!

Unfortunately, many innocent people or individuals who simply made one mistake are slammed with overzealous charges and attacks from prosecution. In these times, individuals need to seek legal guidance and defense from the seasoned drug crime lawyers at our Columbus firm. With more than 15 years of experience, we are equipped to handle all types of criminal cases and are ready to go above and beyond for our clients. Our legal team is not afraid to take on tough prosecutors or navigate the complexities of the justice system.

Now is the time to reach out to The Meranda Law Firm LTD. We want to provide you with skilled and affordable legal care in the face of your drug possession charges.

Contact our firm immediately if you are facing charges. Free & confidential initial consultations available.


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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.
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    “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.
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    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.
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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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