Ohio residents who have been charged with manufacturing, distributing or trafficking of controlled substances may realize that they face the possibility of hefty fines and even incarceration. Ohio authorities see such charges as serious crimes, and if convicted, it could have an adverse impact on an accused person’s life, including his or her career. They may want to obtain legal assistance to protect their legal rights in fighting any charges related to controlled substances.

An Ohio couple was recently pulled off the road by deputies for a traffic violation. The sheriff stated that deputies reported observing the smell of marijuana when they spoke with the couple in the car. This led to the deputies searching the vehicle, and they allegedly seized drug-related equipment, including glass pipes that are commonly used for smoking methamphetamine, and hypodermic needles. In addition, methamphetamine with a total weight of 37 grams was found in the car.

They 38-year-old man and 46-year-old woman were arrested and are now facing multiple charges. These include methamphetamine manufacturing with the intent to keep or sell. In addition, they were charged with possessing and transporting controlled substances and maintaining a vehicle and, or, premises where they kept or sold such substances. The two accused individuals were detained on $350,000 bail each.

Individuals facing drug-related charges may benefit from retaining the services of an Ohio drug defense attorney. He or she will analyze each charge and determine whether any irregularities took place during the traffic stop and subsequent arrest. These may include probable cause for the traffic stop, where the controlled substances were found, and what interrogation methods were used. If the legal rights of the accused were violated at any stage, an attorney would work on having the charges dropped. If not, he or she will take all steps necessary to obtain the best possible outcome.

Source: charlotteobserver.com, “Ohio couple jailed on drug charges after I-77 Iredell County traffic stop”, Joe Marusak, Dec. 30, 2014