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What is Bulk Amount and how does it impact drug charges?

Drug offenses under Ohio law, such as possession or trafficking, can vary depending on the weight or the amount of drug involved. All illegal drugs, whether they are prescription or street drugs, have a baseline level of offense that can increase depending on the amount of the drug. For example, possession of marijuana starts as a minor misdemeanor whereas possession of cocaine is a fifth degree felony. These charges will increase based on the weight of the drug. Possession of marijuana becomes a fifth degree felony if the defendant possessed at least 200 grams but less than 1,000 grams. One other consideration to keep in mind is that if the drug is combined with other substances, such as baking soda and cocaine, marijuana brownies, or hash oil mixed with a substance, then the entire weight of the substance or compound is taken into account, not just the weight of the amount of the drug involved. So .99 pounds of baking soda mixed with .01 pounds of cocaine is 1 pound of cocaine. 

Be mindful of what you are putting on social media. It could damage your civil case.

Civil suits are, in large part, brought to pursue financial compensation for those who have been wronged or injured by the negligence or intentional actions of another person. The plaintiffs in these cases are required to prove their case and why they are entitled to compensation for past and future expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering.

Ohio Supreme Court To Decide If Questioning In The Front Seat Of A Police Cruiser Is A Custodial Interrogation Or Investigative Questioning

The Ohio Supreme Court recently heard arguments in City of Cleveland v. Benjamin Oles to decide whether Miranda warnings are required for questioning of a suspect removed from his vehicle and placed in the front seat of a police cruiser during an OVI investigation.

An Unconstitutional Search? A Warren County Case Makes Its Way Up To The Ohio Supreme Court

This week, the Ohio Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in State of Ohio v. Jamie Banks-Harvey. The issue before the court is whether the police may search an individual's purse after the individual is arrested and placed in a cruiser but before the individual is transported to jail.

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