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An 18 year old spent a Saturday evening in the short north. While out, he came into contact with a Columbus Police Department Officer. The result of this interaction left him charged with drug paraphernalia and marijuana possession. His case was then scheduled for arraignment in Franklin County Municipal Court.
These charges were understandably terrifying for this young man. Barely an adult, he was facing charges that if convicted could remain on his criminal record for life, suspend his license for 6 months to 5 years and take away his federal student loans. Under these circumstances, he contacted attorney Ben Luftman to discuss his options. After the discussion, the Columbus Criminal Defense team was hired to represent him on the case.
Attorney Dan Sabol represented the young man at court. After reviewing the facts, attorney Sabol found some potential evidentiary issues. After bringing them to the prosecutor’s attention, attorney Sabol was able to negotiate a dismissal of the case for our client’s payment of court costs and attendance at an underage alcohol and drug program.
The dismissal and subsequent expungement or sealing of the young man’s record will completely remove the charge from his record. His license will not be suspended and he will be able to continue to attend college and pursue his career goals.