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Toledo Drug Crimes Attorney

Toledo Drug Crime Attorneys and Premier Defense Counsel from Patituce & Associates

When you have been arrested for a drug crime in Toledo, Ohio, you need to act fast. You have court dates coming up, and the prosecutor is already preparing a case against you.

Our defense firm is here to quickly help you protect your rights and your future.  At Patituce & Associates, we aggressively defend our clients’ legal rights. We don’t back down, and we never settle for less than excellence, for our clients or our team. Let us take away the stress of dealing with your drug charges.

Our Toledo drug crime attorneys are either former prosecutors or have significant experience in the criminal defense field before working with us.

Few criminal offenses are charged as frequently as drug crimes. These cases tend to be complex and can result in serious repercussions for the accused, including crippling fines and lengthy jail and prison sentences.

If you’ve been arrested and given drug charges, contact Patituce & Associates today for a free initial consultation. Our Toledo drug crimes attorneys take an aggressive approach to defending people accused of distributing illegal drugs.

We provide knowledgeable guidance to put you on a path to a favorable outcome. If you’ve been charged with a drug crime, time is of the essence. Call our Toledo drug crimes lawyers at (419) 597-5849 to start exploring your options and find out how we can help you today.

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Our Approach to Drug Offenses and Criminal Defense Cases in Toledo

Toledo Drug Crimes AttorneyEvery case is unique, and there are always a number of ways to successfully defend someone charged with drug trafficking, drug possession, manufacturing drugs, or attempting to sell drugs.

For example, in cases where someone is struggling with substance abuse can possibly be eligible for a diversion program. This is common for simple possession cases that often involve young people. In other, more sophisticated cases, it may be necessary to go to trial and submit an argument to a judge and jury.

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No reputable Toledo drug charge defense attorney will guarantee results; however, they should tell you in a few, direct words how they will protect your rights.

Our criminal law attorneys put you, the client, first. We don’t work for the prosecution; we work for you.

The Strongest Possible Defense for Drug Charges

How Our Toledo Drug Defense Lawyers Can Help You Today:

  • Secure the search warrant issued against you for a thorough examination
  • Gather comprehensive records and details of witnesses opposing you
  • Scrutinize all evidence that may be subject to suppression challenges
  • Retrieve and meticulously analyze any video or audio recordings involving you and your arrest
  • Ready your case for court litigation, if necessary

Specifically, our firm has learned to be vigilant of probable cause and search and seizure violations in these cases. Every American citizen is protected by the Fourth Amendment and when law enforcement conducts unreasonable searches, any resulting items found in that search can be suppressed (and entire charges can be thrown out).

What Are the Types of Drug Crime Cases We Handle?

Ohio statutes provide numerous drug statutes to address various possession, distribution, manufacturing, and trafficking offenses. These laws are complex and their severity often depends on various factors, such as the type of substance involved and the volume of that substance.

We have experience handling cases involving the following statutes:

  • Possession of controlled substances (2925.11)
  • Trafficking or aggravated trafficking in drugs (2925.03)
  • Corrupting another with drugs (2925.02)
  • Illegal manufacture of drugs, illegal cultivation of marijuana or methamphetamine (2925.04)
  • Illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs (2925.041)
  • Funding or aggravated funding of drug or marijuana trafficking (2925.05)
  • Illegal administration or distribution of anabolic steroids (2925.06)
  • Possessing drug abuse instruments (2925.12)
  • Permitting drug abuse (2925.13)
  • Illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia (2925.14)
  • Illegal use or possession of marijuana drug paraphernalia (2925.141)
  • Deception to obtain a dangerous drug (2925.22)
  • Illegal processing of drug documents (2925.23)
  • Criminal forfeiture of property relating to felony drug abuse offense (2925.42)
  • Illegal dispensing of drug samples (2925.36)
  • Counterfeit controlled substance offenses (2925.37)

What Is The Ohio Drug Schedule?

In order to help determine the severity of a drug charge, Ohio has created different controlled substance categories. Ohio created schedules that closely mimic the federal laws regarding Schedule I and Schedule II drugs. These schedules organize controlled substances by their perceived toxicity, origin, and potential for user dependence.

Schedules I and II contain the most serious controlled substances:

  • Marijuana
  • Heroin
  • Crystal meth (methamphetamine)
  • Opium
  • Cocaine
  • Various painkillers

What is Considered Drug Trafficking in Ohio?

Drug trafficking (2925.03) involves the importing/exporting, shipping, and/or delivery of controlled substances. Because it is assumed that the accused in these cases may be participating in a larger, illicit economy, drug trafficking is a serious charge. Often, we see drug possession and drug trafficking charged simultaneously against one individual.

Our firm has handled cases involving:

  • Trafficking and possession of heroin
  • Trafficking and possession of LSD
  • Trafficking and possession of marijuana
  • Trafficking and possession of cocaine (or crack cocaine)
  • Trafficking and possession of prescription pills

Both trafficking and aggravated trafficking can be charged under O.R.C. 2925.03. Aggravated trafficking, the more serious charge of the two, can be charged when Schedule I or II substances are involved. Penalties for these crimes can vary, but both are serious felonies that can result in lengthy prison time.

The same can be said for funding drug or marijuana trafficking (O.R.C. 2925.05). In these cases, it is suspected that the accused provided money or property to someone else so that the recipient could then purchase or obtain a controlled substance for the purpose of drug cultivation, manufacture, or sale.

This is considered a first-degree felony when Schedule I and II drugs are involved, a second-degree felony when lower scheduled drugs are involved, and a third-degree felony when marijuana is involved. A conviction in these trafficking cases can result in lengthy prison sentences, driver’s license suspension, notification of professional boards, and hefty fines.

What Are the Penalties for Drug Crimes in Ohio?

Each drug charge comes with its own unique considerations concerning the controlled substance involved, the volume of the controlled substance, and other variables. These factors will determine the seriousness of the charge and the possible penalties if a conviction is reached.

What can be anticipated, however, is the fact that these cases are taken seriously by both the state and federal governments and, in some cases, can result in mandatory prison time. Offenses involving even low quantities of heroin, cocaine, and meth, for example, can come with mandatory prison time– even for first-time offenders.

That is why it is so critical to retain trusted, seasoned counsel in these matters. As former prosecutors, our team is well-versed in the nature of these cases on both the state and federal levels and the measures that can be taken to protect our clients both in and outside the courtroom.

Take the first step toward safeguarding your future. Contact our firm to request a free, confidential phone consultation with our proven legal advocates today.

What is the Statute of Limitations on Drug Charges in Ohio?

In Ohio, the statute of limitations for drug charges varies depending on the severity of the offense. Generally, the following guidelines apply:

– For minor misdemeanor drug offenses, the statute of limitations is generally 6 months.
– For misdemeanor drug offenses, the statute of limitations is generally 2 years.
– For felony drug offenses, the statute of limitations is generally 6 years.

These timeframes start from the date the alleged offense was committed. However, there can be exceptions or extensions to these general guidelines. For example, the statute of limitations can be tolled, or paused, if the accused is out of state or evading law enforcement.

When you have been charged with illegal drugs, it’s imperative that you consult with a Toledo drug crimes attorney to understand the specific limitations that may apply to a given situation, as laws and their interpretations can change over time.

No Drug Case Is Hopeless

Depending on the nature of your drug charges, you might worry that even the best lawyer can’t help. However, whether you face a felony or misdemeanor charge, you must contact a skilled legal representative immediately.

At Patituce & Associates, we can show you how spending just 10 minutes discussing your case with a drug crime defense lawyer in Toledo can greatly improve your situation.

To take the first step, fill out an online form or give us a call now.

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The two biggest mistakes we see people make are when they decide they don’t need a lawyer or when they believe they can’t pay for a lawyer.

Don’t make either of these critical errors.

When you are facing prison, jail, and the loss of your reputation, you need an experienced drug charge attorney in Toledo on your side. More importantly, you need someone who can make a difference.

That is why it is so critical to retain trusted, seasoned counsel in these matters. As former prosecutors, our team is well-versed in these cases on both the state and federal levels.

We know what needs to be done to protect our clients both in and outside the courtroom. Take the first step toward safeguarding your future. Contact our firm to request a free, confidential phone consultation with our proven legal advocates today.

See how the Toledo drug crime defense lawyers at Patituce & Associates can make a difference in your case and schedule a free consultation by calling (419) 597-5849 today.

Patituce & Associates, LLC – Toledo Office

412 14th Street
Toledo, OH 43604
P: (419) 484-4289