DRUG TRAFFICKING & DISTRIBUTION DEFENSE
DEFEND YOURSELF AGAINST A DRUG TRAFFICKING & DISTRIBUTION CHARGES WITH THE HELP OF AN EXPERIENCED LAWYER
Facing any type of drug charges in Ohio is a serious matter. However, when you are accused of being in possession of larger amounts of narcotics or the intent to distribute, the penalties you face are significantly more severe. In addition to the heavy fines and potential jail time associated with a state conviction, you could be facing federal charges involving a prison sentence. In these situations, you need an experienced Toledo drug trafficking and distribution defense attorney on your side.
At Groth & Associates, we have decades worth of combined experience in handling these types of serious charges, with attorneys who previously served as prosecutors in criminal cases. Combined with our legal skill, this gives us a unique understanding of how the system works, which we use to provide the strongest possible defense in your drug trafficking and distribution case.
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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DRUG TRAFFICKING & DRUG DISTRIBUTION IN TOLEDO
Many people think of the terms ‘drug trafficking’ and ‘drug distribution’ as being used interchangeably. The fact is that they are not the same, and the differences between the two can have a significant effect on your criminal case.
Under criminal drug offenses listed in the Ohio Revised Code, drug distribution can occur any time you are in possession of illegal substances and attempt to offer, sell, or otherwise distribute them to others. This applies to illegal ‘street’ drugs, pharmaceuticals, and drug compounds including the following:
- Heroin and opioid type medication;
- MDMA, otherwise known as Molly or Ecstacy;
- Anabolic steroids;
- Ritalin and other ADHD medications;
- Barbiturates and benzodiazepines, including Xanax, Valium, and Ativan.
Trafficking often involves large quantities of the above drugs, which are transported and distributed to other areas. Even if you are not caught actually distributing these substances, the sheer quantity of drugs in your possession makes it likely that trafficking was your intent.
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DEFENDING YOU AGAINST DRUG TRAFFICKING & DISTRIBUTION PENALTIES
IF YOU’VE BEEN CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL DRUG POSSESSION OR DISTRIBUTION AND WANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR RIGHTS ARE CALL GROTH & ASSOCIATES TODAY FOR YOUR CONSULTATION.
At Groth & Associates, we provide the aggressive legal representation you need when facing serious drug-related charges. Our legal training, knowledge, and years of experience help protect you against serious penalties. Under ORC Section 2925.03, drug trafficking or even drug distribution may be charged as a felony crime. Depending on the circumstances and the quantity of drugs involved, which is based on a ‘bulk amount’ set by the state, punishment may include the following:
- Quantities less than the bulk amount: This may be charged as trafficking or drug distribution, a fourth degree felony with penalties that may include fines up to $5,000 and up to 18 months in jail.
- Quantities equal to the bulk amount but less than five times that amount: Charged as aggravated trafficking of drugs, this is a felony in the third degree, with penalties including fines up to $10,000 and up to a five-year jail sentence.
- Quantities equal to the bulk amount but less than 50 times that amount: Charged as a second degree felony, these charges carry fines of up to $15,000 and up to eight years imprisonment;
- Quantities up to 100 times the bulk amount: Punishable as a first degree felony, these charges may involve fines up to $20,000 and ten years or more in prison.
When dealing with drug crimes that involve more than 100 times the bulk amount or those that have been distributed over state lines, you could be facing federal charges. Under U.S. Sentencing Commision guidelines, this may involve a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years or more in a federal penitentiary.
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When facing charges related to drug trafficking and drug distribution charges, you need a strong legal defense to protect you and your loved ones from penalties that could prove devastating. Our Toledo criminal drug defense attorneys provide the strong, aggressive legal representation you need at a time like this, working closely with you to strategize your best course of defense.
We gather the evidence needed on your behalf, while reviewing legal procedures that were followed during your arrest and dealing with law enforcement officials and any state or federal prosecutors involved in your case. As former prosecutors ourselves, we have an extra advantage when it comes to negotiating to get your charges dropped or reduced, and can make effective arguments in court to help prevent a conviction. The best defense begins early, so do not delay. Reach out and contact Groth & Associates today to request a consultation.