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Machinist Avoids Misdemeanor Drug Paraphernalia Conviction

A young man in his mid-20s was pulled over for a minor traffic violation recently in Madison County by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper. Upon approaching the vehicle, the trooper smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and began questioning the driver. The young man was honest and answered all of the trooper’s questions and produced a marijuana pipe, which he gave to the trooper. The trooper then wrote a ticket both for the moving violation, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was then scheduled for arraignment in Madison County Municipal Court.

The young man was quite concerned. He was worried about the effect of a drug conviction on his employment. He was worried that if convicted, his license would be suspended for 6 months and he would have no way to get back and forth to work. He began researching attorneys and after speaking with attorney Ben Luftman, the Columbus Criminal Defense team was hired to represent him on the drug paraphernalia case.

Attorney Luftman and attorney Dan Sabol represented the young man on his case. After reviewing the police reports, there simply was not a good legal issue to try and negotiate a reduction of the drug paraphernalia charge. Nonetheless, attorney Sabol was able to convince the prosecutor to amend the charge to disorderly conduct upon our client’s completion of an anti-drug class. The young man was able to keep the drug paraphernalia conviction off his record and keep his license. His goals were met.

Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome in your case. Individual results may vary based on the facts, injuries, jurisdiction, venue, witnesses, parties, and other factors. The results and client testimonials provided are not necessarily representative of the results obtained by all clients or their satisfaction with the firm’s services.

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