About Drug Trafficking or Sale in Columbus
Columbus Drug Trafficking Defense Attorney
Ohio law enforcement drug units have been given the mission to catch and
assist the prosecutors of all 88 Ohio counties in locking up any person
who is trafficking drugs in the area. This activity is one of the primary
targets of the narcotics division in Columbus and the greater Central
Ohio. If you have been arrested and charged with this offense, it is crucial
that you get strong legal representation from a
Columbus drug trafficking defense lawyer as soon as you have been arrested.
The Koffel Law Firm is actively working cases that involve Schedule II
Opiates (possession, deception to obtain, and trafficking) all across
Ohio. We have seen a spike in prescription pill enforcement and prosecution.
Accordingly, our firm is seeing a spike in requests for representation
in these cases.
We are looking for clients who have a story to tell. Whether they are a
licensed health professional accused of being a "pill mill"
or an addict as well as folks who unwittingly get addicted to these highly
addictive pharmaceuticals. We are very familiar with percocet,
vicodin, oxycodone, opana, and oxycontin cases.
CASE EXAMPLE: 33 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA -- CLIENT RECEIVES 28 DAYS IN JAIL: a Colorado resident was arrested for trafficking and possession of 33
pounds of marijuana. He retained Mr. Koffel to represent him. The trafficking
case was dismissed and the client entered a guilty plea to possession
of 33 pounds of marijuana, a 3
rd degree felony, with a presumption of prison. At the sentencing hearing,
the prosecutor admitted, "This is the first time in my 30 years,
that I believe the defendant has rebutted the presumption of prison".
The judge agreed. Our client was given credit for 28 days in jail "time
served". He was not placed on felony probation.
331 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA -- CLIENT RECEIVES 1 1/2 YEAR TERM: An Arizona resident was charged in United States Federal Court with Conspiracy
to Possess with Intent to Distribute over 100 Kilograms of Marijuana.
This offense is punishable by 5 to 20 years in prison. He was alleged
to have helped secure a semitrailer in Arizona, and then fly to Columbus,
Ohio to secure the shipment. The client was arrested in the parking lot
of a restaurant trying to deliver $10,000 to the delivery person. The
government had seized the shipment of 331 pounds of marijuana. The recommendation
from the government was 30-37 months. After 15 months of negotiations
with the United States Attorney's Office, the Defendant was sentenced
to 18 months in prison, and given credit for 430 days already served.
48 POUNDS OF COCAINE-- MANDATORY 10 YEARS - LIFE -- CLIENT RECEIVES 2 1/2 YEARS: An illegal immigrant in Columbus was charged in United States Federal
Court with Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 5
Kilograms of Cocaine. This offense is punishable by 10 years to Life in
prison, and up to $4,000,000 in fines. He had allegedly conspired with
other individuals to bring the cocaine in from out-of-state to distribute
in the Columbus area. A DEA investigation revealed that the cocaine was
stored in our client's residence, and the total amount seized during
the arrest was 22 Kilograms (48 pounds). After 14 months of negotiation,
the recommendation from the prosecutor was 50 months. At the sentencing
hearing, counsel for Defendant was able to convince the Judge to impose
30 months in prison. The Defendant was also given credit for the 14 months
he had already served.
CASE EXAMPLE: Our firm successfully represented a local dentist charged with over 20
counts of trafficking in Vicodin. He was facing a very long prison term
if convicted. After lengthy negotiations with the county prosecutor, Mr.
Koffel was successful in having the client placed on community control
with no prison term imposed.
CASE EXAMPLE: A college student was stopped for speeding in Warren County, Ohio. The
officer smelled marijuana, and proceeded to search the vehicle. The officer
found multiple baggies of marijuana, 50 Adderall pills, and a digital
scale used to weigh marijuana. The client owned the vehicle, and admitted
using and selling marijuana. The client was referred to The Koffel Law
Firm and the case was assigned to Attorney Tod Brininger. The client was
charged with 3 felony counts including drug trafficking. Prior to the
preliminary hearing, Mr. Brininger negotiated a very favorable result
on behalf of the client. The client entered a guilty plea to 3 misdemeanor
counts. The client was placed on 2 years of probation, fines, and a one
year license suspension. The defendant was not ordered to serve any jail time.
All drug trafficking cases start the same way for our firm: First, we
will conduct a free telephone interview. Then, the legal team will analyze
your case and advise you what can be done to fight for your defense. The
firm is a well-respected criminal defense law firm, with over 15 years
of experience and is listed in
Best Lawyers in America
Ohio Super Lawyers®
--both distinctions are limited to 1% and 5% of the lawyers in America
respectively. When facing a drug trafficking charge, you want to have
strong legal support to fight for you from the moment of your arrest.
Drug trafficking is a felony charge, and a conviction can result in years
spent in state prison, particularly when large amounts of the drug are
involved. Each type of drug and amount results in varying penalties, and
some cases are tried in federal court.
For information on how marijuana trafficking "sting operations"
in Ohio typically work, click
Marijuana Sting Operations, Confidential Informants, and Entrapment
Drug Trafficking Defense Lawyer in Columbus (O.R.C. 2925.03)
Any drug trafficking charge is going to be prosecuted relentlessly.
Drug Trafficking in Ohio is defined as "
knowingly selling or offering to sell a controlled substance" or "knowingly
preparing for shipment, ship, transport, deliver, prepare for distribution
or distribute, a controlled substance when the offender knows or has reasonable
cause to believe that the controlled substance is intended for sale or
resale by the offender or another person"
(Ohio Revised Code 2925.03).
Depending upon the quantity (known as "bulk amount"), type of
drug (MDMA, prescriptions, marijuana, cocaine, L.S.D.,
heroin, or hashish), if the offense was committed in the vicinity of a school
or in the vicinity of a juvenile, the felony sentencing guidelines get
Trafficking in drugs carries a presumption of prison in some cases and
mandatory prison in most of the cases. Prison sentences range from 6 months
- 10 years per count in the Indictment.
Ohio's drug forfeiture laws are normally exercised by the prosecutor resulting in loss of personal
property and real estate.
The prosecutor handling your case has the full support of law enforcement
to back them up. The odds in these cases require equally powerful legal
representation for your side. At
The Koffel Law Firm, the legal team will act fast with regard to the client's case, with
a full review and evaluation of what occurred and what court challenges
are possible regarding the evidence.
To read more about this topic, click
What is Drug Trafficking in Ohio?
Years of practice in the courtrooms in the area, both state and federal,
has provided the firm with strong relationships that can be engaged in
negotiations on your behalf. Your case will be a priority, and every effort
will be made to improve the outcome of the case for the client. It is
understood that you hire an attorney to fight for you - and at
Koffel Law Firm, the aggressive defense team is interested in your case and will strategize
the process for your defense, always looking for the defense options that
can be of value to the client's case.
Contact a Columbus Drug Trafficking Defense Attorney
from The Koffel Law Firm 614-675-4845.