Largely because of the sprawling Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Fairborn is one of the largest cities in Greene County. Like many growing cities, the home of the National Center for Medical Readiness (a/k/a Calamityville) has issues with drugs and crime. So, police and prosecutors are very aggressive in this area.
The experienced Fairborn drug charge lawyers at the Comunale Law Office quickly evaluate these cases, explain your legal options, and then fight for you. This simple formula often produces results that exceed our clients’ expectations.
The so-called War on Drugs began in the late 1960s. Authorities do not use this phrase much anymore, largely because the medical, legal, social, and political environment has changed markedly over the past 50 years. These changes make it easier for Fairborn drug charge lawyers to successfully resolve these claims, as outlined below.
Nevertheless, the harsh laws passed during the War on Drugs still remain. Ohio law typically assesses penalties according to the type of drug:
There are also Schedule IV and Schedule V drugs. Over-the-counter sleep aids and analgesics, like NyQuil and Sudafed, are usually not illegal unless they are used to make crystal meth or for another illicit purpose.
Over 80% of all drug cases in Greene County are possession cases. In addition to proximity, prosecutors must establish knowledge and control. So, if officers pull over a car full of people, find crack in the back seat, and arrest everyone in the vehicle, most of those charges may not hold up in court.
Selling and trafficking cases usually hinge on circumstantial evidence, such as money, baggies, or weapons, recovered at the scene. Exchange of money is not an element of selling and trafficking. Giving unused pain pills to friends or coworkers could be considered drug trafficking.
As mentioned, the environment has changed significantly since the 1970s. Pretrial diversion is often available in drug possession cases, especially if the defendant voluntarily gets help for a substance abuse problem.
Pretrial diversion is usually not an option in trafficking cases, but deferred disposition may be available, especially if the transaction was very small and involved no violence. If the defendant successfully completes probation, the judge dismisses the case, leaving the defendant with no conviction record.
Ohio law contains stiff penalties for drug charges, but there are options available. For a free consultation with an experienced Fairborn drug charge lawyer, contact the Comunale Law Office. We routinely handle matters in Greene County and nearby jurisdictions.
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