The flow of public opinion in the U.S. seems to be in the direction of at least decriminalizing, if not legalizing, marijuana. As of right now, some 20 states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books allowing the use marijuana for medical reasons. Two states have even legalized the recreational use of the drug.
Ohio and West Virginia are not included on either of those lists. As the Marijuana Policy Project reports, there are attempts being made in both states to open the door to medical marijuana use, but they have not yet passed. What that means is that the full weight of the law can be applied by authorities and it often is.
Indeed, our own experience is that there are times when a conviction for simple possession of drug paraphernalia or contraband -- cigarette papers, a pipe or a bong -- could result in a defendant suffering penalties more severe than those doled out for a conviction on a charge of possession of controlled substances.
For a high school or college student, the consequences aren't likely to be limited to criminal punishment. The long-term effects could include being kicked out of school. And once a conviction is obtained, the presence of a criminal record can scuttle job prospects as employers conduct background checks.
Your hopes and dreams do not deserve to be squashed as a result of events or actions that you might not even have known were illegal. Even if the drug-related charges against you are of a more serious nature, having an attorney who truly cares and is prepared to go to the mat to achieve the best possible outcome for you is crucial.
If your liberty and rights are under threat from a criminal charge, you want confidence that your advocate will be with you through the whole process. Our firm stands ready in that regard and welcomes inquiries about how we can help.