Legal Defense for Drug Crimes in Cincinnati

15+ Years of Legal Experience

If you’ve been charged with a drug crime, you need to move quickly to tell your side of the story and combat those charges. At Herzner Law, LLC, we are dedicated to providing trusted counsel and aggressive representation to those charged with drug crimes. We pride ourselves in being among the most understanding and available Cincinnati drug crime lawyers in the area.

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Our free over-the-phone consultations are available 24/7, and if we determine that we can help you, we can meet in person and discuss your options.

Cases We Handle

Our firm is able to provide premium legal services to clients who are facing drug crime charges and need trustworthy guidance. We have successfully handled many past cases on our clients' behalves.

Our drug crime attorney regularly handles a variety of cases:

  • Possession of drugs or controlled substance
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Sale of illicit drugs
  • Transportation or delivery of controlled substances
  • Manufacture or cultivation of drugs

What are the penalties for drug charges in Ohio?

The penalties for drug crimes vary according to the type of drug, the type of crime, and other factors. If the charge took place near a school or an underage individual, the penalties are typically enhanced.

Drug crimes in Ohio are generally penalized as follows:

  • Minor Misdemeanor: Fines with a maximum of $150
  • Fourth-Degree Misdemeanor: A maximum of 30 days in jail and fines with a maximum of $250
  • Third-Degree Misdemeanor: A maximum of 60 days in jail and fines with a maximum of $500
  • Second-Degree Misdemeanor: A maximum of 90 days in jail and fines with a maximum of $750
  • First-Degree Misdemeanor: A maximum of 180 days in jail and fines with a maximum of $1,000
  • Fifth-Degree Felony: A maximum of 12 months in prison and fines with a maximum of $2,500
  • Fourth-Degree Felony: A maximum of 18 months in prison and fines with a maximum of $5,000
  • Third-Degree Felony: A maximum of 5 years in prison and fines with a maximum of $10,000
  • Second-Degree Felony: A maximum of 8 years in prison and fines with a maximum of $15,000
  • First-Degree Felony: A maximum of 11 years in prison and fines with a maximum of $20,000

What to do if I’m charged with a drug crime?

If you’re stopped or confronted by police and they believe that you potentially have drugs on your person, in your vehicle, or in your home, you need to know your rights and how to handle that situation without incriminating yourself.

  • Don’t Consent to a Search: If police ask to search you, your home, your vehicle, or other possession for drugs, politely refuse them. In most circumstances, police must have a search warrant to search your home and must have probable cause to search your car.
  • Don’t Converse with the Police: Your Miranda Rights (“anything you say can and will be used against you in court”) only apply when you are under arrest. Anything you say before an arrest can be used by an officer as reason to search you or to use as evidence. To be safe, limit your conversation as much as possible.
  • Don’t Throw Your Drugs in the Garbage: If you think police might be investigating you for drugs, don’t throw it in the trash. Once it’s out on the sidewalk for pick up, it’s considered to be in the public and police can search your trash for drugs or paraphernalia. This can be used against you in court as evidence.
  • Don’t Fight or Be Disrespectful: When confronted by the police, be polite. Don’t run, don’t resist arrest, and don’t do anything that could be held against you in court. If you become violent or try to run or drive away, the police have probably cause to arrest you.
  • IF ARRESTED, Ask to Speak to an Attorney: Once arrested, immediately tell the police that you won’t say anything and that you want an attorney. The police must quit interrogating you at that point.

After an arrest, you will be booked and asked for basic information by the police. Then typically your case will move to arraignment, where the charges are read against you and where you can plead guilty, not guilty, or no contest. It’s very important to protect yourself before, during and after an arrest. At Herzner Law, LLC, our attorneys can make sure that your rights are upheld and that your options are explained to you. Contact us to learn more.

Can I be arrested for prescription drugs?

You can be arrested for the sale, illegal possession of, or forgery of prescription pills or documents. If you have prescription drugs with you, you must also have a valid prescription for that type of pill and have an amount equal to or less than what is outlined on the prescription. If you are unable to produce a valid prescription, you could be arrested and charged with a drug crime. In addition, if you have taken a prescription drug and are pulled over while driving, you could be arrested if you are impaired.

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At Herzner Law, LLC, helping you defend your best interests and make good decisions is extremely important to us. We believe that our foremost role is to make ourselves available to our clients to answer all questions. Our team understands that you are likely under an extraordinary amount of stress and seek to help relieve as much of that stress as possible.

Rather than pressuring you into making a hasty decision, our goal is to provide you with all of your options and help you reach an informed conclusion.

Call our Cincinnati drug crime lawyer today at (513) 280-8405 to go over your options.

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