Have you been charged with a crime involving marijuana? In Ohio, possession of less than 100 grams of marijuana is a minor misdemeanor offense, which is the lowest level misdemeanor offense. A minor misdemeanor offense is a non-jailable offense that is punishable by a maximum fine of $150.00. However, being convicted of this seemingly simple drug offense charge comes with a mandatory driver’s license suspension for a period of six months to three years. Additionally, a drug possession or drug trafficking conviction can have devastating long-term effects on your employment opportunities, and when combined with other offenses, it can cause a loss of employment, damage to your reputation and credibility, increased insurance rates and make other sentencing more harsh.
The severity of the charges and potential jail sentences increase as the amount of marijuana increases. In some cases, a simple possession of marijuana case can be misperceived by the police and result in charges relating to the sale or distribution of the drug. Some departments and agencies will issue the most severe charges possible as leverage with the intention to “negotiate” them down to a lesser possession charge. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney to stand up for you and protect your legal interests. These offenses can result in felony charges, which can carry much more serious penalties, including mandatory sentences.
Have you been charged with drug trafficking or another serious drug charge in Central Ohio? For experienced and dedicated representation, contact me, attorney Michael S. Probst. I am a former prosecutor with extensive experience in drug cases. I defend the rights of adults and juveniles charged with all drug charges, including:
At Probst Law Offices, the defense of all drug charges is taken seriously in a non-judgmental and understanding atmosphere. I have served as a prosecutor and understand the intricacies of Ohio marijuana laws, as well as the challenges and motivations of law enforcement and prosecuting attorneys. I will work to ensure that all facts surrounding the case are thoroughly investigated and that your rights are preserved and protected. Ohio law closely governs the action of police officers, and many times, the circumstances leading to the search and seizure of marijuana do not conform with Ohio and Federal law – leading to the exclusion of evidence and the dismissal of charges.
I offer a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and options. If you have been charged with a drug-related crime and have questions, contact my law office in Columbus, Ohio.
As a former assistant prosecutor, I understand the difficulty of prosecuting drug trafficking and drug possession charges. Police often conduct searches and seizures in violation of an individual’s Fourth Amendment constitutional rights. I have significant experience filing motions to suppress and conducting suppression hearings on behalf of clients whose constitutional rights have been violated by unreasonable searches and seizures.
I am an experienced negotiator and trial lawyer. In addition, I have experience in criminal appeals. If you have been charged with drug trafficking or another serious drug possession or drug paraphernalia charge, I can provide a vigorous defense on your behalf.
I prepare for each case as if it may go to trial. Drug cases are often built on highly questionable evidence due to the statements of informants and people who are drug dealers. I will thoroughly investigate your case, negotiate for a plea agreement, and if necessary to protect your rights, I will argue aggressively on your behalf at trial. I am a dedicated Columbus, Ohio marijuana lawyer for people who have been charged with possession of marijuana. If you are facing drug charges in Central Ohio or any of its Mayor’s courts, contact me or call 614-232-8890.