Between 2004 and 2014, the Ohio Incident-Based Reporting System (OIBRS) stated that drug crimes increased by 58.5% and that this increase was seen statewide, rather than in any particular region. The most common drug crimes committed during this period were drug possession and drug paraphernalia and the two drugs involved in the most incidents included marijuana and cocaine. Based on this information, it can be assumed that not only have drug crimes increased but that law enforcement are making more arrests for these crimes.
If you are dealing with a drug charge, no matter how severe, our criminal lawyers concentrate in all types of drug crimes and have extensive knowledge on how these offenses proceed in court. The law office of Richardson & Kucharski can help you with your situation and consult with you on how best to proceed with your case.
Kinds of Drug Paraphernalia in Cleveland
When a person uses drugs, they usually use an array of materials or devices to deliver the drug into their body known as drug paraphernalia. Some of the different types of drug paraphernalia include:
- Bongs – used to smoking drugs like marijuana.
- Pipes – used to smoke drugs like marijuana, crack, and meth.
- Rolling papers – used for making marijuana blunts.
- Syringes – used for injecting drugs like heroin, meth, and crack into the bloodstream.
- Spoons – used for “cooking” certain drugs prior to injection like meth and heroin.
Other forms of drug paraphernalia used includes straws, baggies, “stamps”, and cotton. If a person knowingly uses, possesses, sells, or manufactures drug paraphernalia, they are guilty of illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia and will receive a charge of a misdemeanor in the fourth degree. Caught with a form of drug paraphernalia? The law office of Richardson & Kucharski will fight for your rights and believe that each client is innocent until proven guilty. We will take a look at the scope of your situation and advise you on how best to proceed.
Have a Trafficking Offense in Cleveland?
In Ohio, trafficking or aggravated trafficking in drugs involves a person doing the following:
- Selling or attempting to sell a controlled substance.
- Preparing to ship, transport, deliver, or distribute a controlled substance with the knowledge that the controlled substance is intended for resale or sale to another person.
The charge for a trafficking or aggravated trafficking is a felony and the degree of the felony is determined based on the type of drug, how much of the drug was seized, and if the person who bought the drugs was a juvenile or an adult.
If you are caught and arrested for drug trafficking, be prepared to contact a drug crime lawyer because the consequences can be severe. Our criminal lawyers at Richardson & Kucharski understand the drug laws in Cleveland and have years of experience handling similar trafficking cases. We can review your situation, advise you of your rights afforded to you as a citizen, and how you should interact with law enforcement and court officials during the investigation. We can provide an aggressive defense in the courtroom and be at your disposal during the entire process.
The Drug Crime Lawyers at Richardson & Kucharski serve clients in the Cleveland area
Being charged with drug dealing, drug manufacturing, or drug possession can lead to severe consequences which can result in jail time, fines, and a hit to your criminal record. Don’t wait to contact a criminal defense lawyer. We know how to take care of our clients and are capable of providing an assertive defense in court.
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