On Aug. 21, it was reported that an Ohio woman was accused of being involved in the death of a 24-year-old woman who overdosed on heroin on April 27. A Franklin County sheriff alleged that the accused woman provided the heroin that led to the overdose death.
According to a report, the 26-year-old was accused after authorities searched a cellphone used by the deceased person. She was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. If convicted, she could spend up to 19 years in prison.
In Franklin County, statistics indicated that the number of heroin deaths was increasing. By the end of the year, it was expected that the number of overdose deaths would double the amount that occurred in 2012. In order to combat this, a Franklin County sheriff began a program in which overdose deaths are investigated to determine who sold the drugs to the deceased person. If the alleged seller could be identified either through the deceased person's contact list or surveillance video, he or she could be held responsible.
If a person is facing a prison sentence or other severe consequences after being accused of selling heroin, an attorney may have the potential to provide a strong drug defense. Depending on the available evidence, it may be argued that the accused person did not sell the drugs that led to another person's death. It may also be argued that there is not enough evidence to accuse the person or that his or her rights were violated when they were taken into custody. If this is the case, the charges may be dropped or reduced.
Source: NBC4i, "Manslaughter charge for suspect after woman dies of heroin overdose", Aug. 21, 2015
Source: NBC4i, "Drug dealer could face 19 years prison for involuntary manslaughter", Mike Bowersock and Nick Bechtel, Aug. 27, 2015