A shocking new study conducted by the medical journal Prevention Medicine has found that drug overdoses are on a dramatically sharp increase. In fact, some parts of the country are seeing more than 70 times the number of drug-related deaths than in previous decades – Franklin County, Ohio, included.
Because parts of Ohio are known as high drug trafficking regions, police are determined to crack down on offenders. Even minor drug offenses are receiving maximum sentences. It is more important than ever for those charged with drug crimes to have aggressive legal team on their side.
Ohio’s Intervention in Lieu of Conviction (IILC) Program
In the state of Ohio, people arrested on certain drug charges may be eligible for the state’s Intervention in Lieu of Conviction (IILC) program. Under IILC, the process of conviction and sentencing can be avoided completely by agreeing to undergo a court-mandated treatment program.
A strong criminal defense attorney should know how to negotiate an IILC to help avoid serious penalties for a drug charge. If an offense qualifies, the court must also be persuaded that the offender falls into one of the eligible categories, which include addiction and mental illness. The offender will need to undergo an assessment, and – if approved for an IILC – successfully fulfill all of the obligations before court proceedings are officially halted.
Along with guidance through these potential sentencing alternatives, an experienced lawyer should also evaluate the circumstances of the drug arrest. If a vehicle was improperly searched, for example, an attorney can stand up for the defendant’s constitutional rights.
Don’t Become A Statistic
At Soroka & Associates in Columbus, we encourage anyone involved in drugs and caught up in criminal charges to get help. Contact us to find out more about the options available for treatment and sentencing alternatives. We provide a free consultation.