Drug Defense Attorney – Franklin County, Ohio
If you have been charged with a drug offense in Franklin County, Ohio, it is important that you hire legal counsel. Contact Attorney David Johnson of Johnson Legal, LLC at (614) 987-0192 to review your case and discuss with you how to proceed. As an experienced and dedicated drug defense attorney, Attorney Johnson will be with you at your first court appearance (called an “arraignment”) and attempt to have the case dismissed. In the event that the drug charges are not dropped, a pretrial hearing will be scheduled.
Depending upon what the particular drug charge is, and where it is heard, negotiations will begin with the prosecutor and evidence will be gathered to support your defense. If negotiations fail to produce a favorable plea agreement, your case will be set for trial. At trial, Attorney Johnson will vigorously defend you. However, if you are found guilty, Attorney Johnson will seek all avenues available that will allow you to avoid prison or jail.
Franklin County, Ohio – Where Will Your Case Be Heard?
Depending upon the location, type and level of drug-related offense that you are charged with, your case will be heard in Franklin County Municipal Court or Franklin County Common Pleas Court. Misdemeanor drug offenses, such as marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia, will be heard in Franklin County Municipal Court. Felony drug offenses, such as drug trafficking and illegal drug manufacture, will be heard in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.
Where are the Franklin County Courts Located?
Franklin County Municipal Court is located at 375 S. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Franklin County Common Pleas Court is located at 373 S. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Refer to the following map below.
Diversion Program in Columbus, Ohio
In Columbus, a first time non-violent offender may be eligible for acceptance into diversion. This program, which is administered by the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, is generally available for non-violent misdemeanor and felony offenders, including those charged with possession of drugs. However, diversion is not automatically granted. It requires the agreement of the prosecutor and often the victim.
In addition to a general diversion program, Franklin County (Columbus) created the “Treatment is Essential to Success” (TIES) program for offenders whose offenses involved drugs and/or alcohol. The following criteria must be met for an offender to be eligible for this program:
- 4th or 5th Degree Felony Offenders
- Non-violent, non-sexually oriented offenses
- Non-gun-related charges
- No significant history of violent crimes or drug trafficking
- Sufficient motivation for treatment
- Primary diagnosis of chemical dependency
- Defendant meets the criteria for presumption of probation under the sentencing guidelines
Franklin County, Ohio Drug Defense Attorney
If you have been charged with a drug offense in Franklin County, Ohio, contact Johnson Legal, LLC and speak with an experienced and dedicated criminal defense attorney. Attorney David Johnson of Johnson Legal, LLC will discuss your case and assist you in fighting the charges. Call (614) 987-0192 or send an email to schedule a consultation regarding your case.
90 W. Broad Street, 1st Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Office: (614) 645-1688