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Illegal Manufacture of Drugs

Under Ohio Revised Code 2925.04, no person shall knowingly cultivate marijuana or knowingly manufacture or otherwise engage in any part of the production of a controlled substance. The penalties for illegal manufacture of drugs range from a minor misdemeanor, punishable by a fine only to a first-degree felony, punishable by three to ten years in prison.

If you are charged with illegal manufacture of drugs under the Ohio Revised Code, you may also be subject to a driver’s license suspension. In addition, an illegal manufacture of drugs conviction could disqualify you from student financial aid loans and can also cause licensure issues in some professions.

The Columbus Criminal Defense team takes the following approach to all illegal manufacture of drugs case. First and foremost, we will figure out what mistakes the police made and what legal issues can be raised on your behalf. Some potential legal issues we look for in every illegal manufacture of drugs case include:

  • Fourth Amendment violations;
  • Warrants issued without probable cause;
  • Wiretapping and other illegal surveillance;
  • Miranda Rights warnings omitted, abridged or defied by police and prosecutors;
  • Possession of “drug paraphernalia” as evidence of a crime;
  • Statements and evidence illegally obtained, or improperly allowed at trial; and
  • Findings delivered as a result of canine searches (drug-sniffing dogs).

We do this by requesting discovery from the prosecutor. The discovery will generally consist of a search warrant, police reports, additional investigative notes and a lab analysis of the drug. As our client, you will receive a copy of everything received from the prosecutor for your review.

Based on the legal weaknesses in the State of Ohio’s case and any other mitigating factors, we will negotiate the best possible plea available with the prosecutor for you to consider in resolving your case.

If your case cannot be resolved satisfactorily with a plea, it would then proceed to a motion hearing (a hearing where the judge issues a ruling on an evidentiary issue) or a trial to the judge or jury, depending on the circumstances.

For ten years, the Columbus Criminal Defense team has successfully represented clients on drug charges ranging from minor misdemeanors to first degree felonies. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help you.

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580 E Rich St Fl 2
Columbus, OH 43215-5335


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