Engel & Martin, LLC represents individuals accused of drug crimes, ranging from simple possession of marijuana or drug paraphernalia to serious federal charges of conspiracy, money laundering, and trafficking in controlled substances.
Engel & Martin, LLC, where appropriate, will work with prosecutors and the police to explore community-based drug treatment programs and rehabilitation as a constructive alternative to punishment.
Engel & Martin, LLC helps people accused of drug crimes minimize or avoid the consequences of conviction. In every case, the firm explores whether the police violated the constitutional rights of the accused. Our attorneys have significant experience dealing with search and seizure issues in trial courts and the courts of appeals. Representative reported search and seizure cases include:
State v. Swift, 2014-Ohio-2004 (challenge to sufficiency of search warrant affidavit for marijuana cultivation based on trash pull and electricity usage).
State v. Eash, 110 Ohio St. 3d 1235, 850 N.E.2d 1212 (2006) (amicus curiae; search warrant for child pornography matter; dismissed)
State v. Young, 2005 WL 3097660 (challenge to search of property by probation officer that led to his convictions for illegal possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, illegal manufacture of drugs, and aggravated possession of drugs).
Drug crimes in Ohio can include a wide range of penalties, form fines and probation to long prison sentences. More serious felony drug convictions can result in mandatory prison sentences. Many convictions carry collateral, or additional, consequences, including the loss of the ability to carry a firearm. Even a minor drug conviction may impact a person’s ability to maintain or obtain professional positions, such as the healthcare industry, aviation or in public office positions.
The most commonly drug charges in Ohio include:
- Possession of Controlled Substances
- Drug Manufacturing
- Trafficking and Aggravated Trafficking
- Prescription Drug Charges
First offenders may be eligible for diversion programs or referral of the case to specialized dockets, like Drug Court, Mental Health Court, or Veterans Court.