In recent years, the United States has seen a dramatic rise in the use of heroin and addictive prescription drugs. Ohio and West Virginia are no exceptions. Many people who are arrested for narcotics possession in our region would prefer to stop using, but addiction is too powerful. In addition to protecting an individual from the effects of police violations such as illegal search and seizure, a strong criminal defense may involve helping a defendant get addiction treatment.
Ohio and West Virginia offer drug court programs that, if completed, may allow for drug charges against a defendant to be dismissed. The courts have gradually begun to recognize that it makes more sense to offer rehabilitative treatment than to lock people up for non-violent drug offenses.
Still, if you are charged with a heroin or prescription drug offense, then you will need a legal advocate on your side to protect your rights and fight for a favorable outcome. After all, not everyone accused of a drug offense is guilty, and being found in possession of drugs does not necessarily mean that jail is the appropriate answer.
Early intervention is very important in drug cases. Once a criminal defense attorney is contacted by the defendant, the attorney can begin developing a specific strategy for protecting the defendant's rights and future.
Amy M. Levine & Associates represent individuals accused of heroin and prescription drug offenses in West Virginia and Ohio. To learn more about the available legal options after a drug-related arrest, please visit our Heroin Crimes overview.