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What are the 2 most serious categories of illegal drugs?

Under the federal Controlled Substances Act, the United States federal government has organized every illegal substance into a special category. There are five categories in total, with Schedule I being the most serious and Schedule II being the second-most serious. Individuals who are convicted of possessing, selling or smuggling these drugs could face serious criminal punishments; therefore, it's worthwhile for everyone to understand which substances fall under these categories.

Schedule I substances

A closer look at Ohio’s repeat OVI offender penalties

Operating a vehicle while intoxicated is a serious offense in Ohio, and even first-time offenders can face steep penalties that might include hefty fines, stints in jail or mandatory substance abuse treatment obligations, among others.

If you are facing your second or subsequent Ohio OVI charge, however, the penalties you face typically grow in severity. You run the risk of even higher fines and even longer time spent in confinement, among related repercussions. The types of penalties depend on the repeat OVI offense.

Two arrested in Belmont County drug bust

No one ever plans to get arrested for a drug crime, but if you're in the wrong place at the wrong time -- or if you're spending time with the wrong people -- it's certainly possible. It's also possible to be wrongly accused of a drug crime you didn't commit.

Whether the individuals accused in a recent drug bust were innocent or not remains to be seen. Here's what we know so far:

  • On Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, it was announced that the Belmont County Sheriff's Office arrested two individuals in Richland Township on alleged drug charges.
  • The arrested individuals were a 30-year-old man from Cleveland and a 20-year-old woman.
  • The man was on parole, and this arrest represents his third arrest within the area during a four-year period.
  • The woman had an outstanding arrest warrant pending in Cuyahoga County.
  • Police arrested both suspects after obtaining a search warrant.
  • During the arrest, authorities claim they found 7 grams of heroin, over $1,000 in cash and alleged drug paraphernalia.
  • The man was charged with drug trafficking and four other crimes.
  • The woman was charged with drug trafficking and complicity.

How to tell when you can drive after drinking

Ohio takes operating a vehicle impaired very seriously. If you have already faced OVI charges in the past, it is imperative you avoid the situation again. Penalties for repeat offenses are harsher, with the potential for higher fines, more jail time, a longer license suspension and an alcohol assessment. 

The best way to avoid another OVI charge is never to get behind the wheel after drinking, or not to drink at all if you know you have to drive later. However, life is never ideal, and you may find yourself needing to drive after you have consumed alcohol. How do you know when it is safe to hit the road?

We will defend you against your embezzlement charges

Embezzlement is one of the most common criminal allegations initiated against white collar workers who are in charge of managing large sums of money. At its core, an embezzlement charge accuses the suspect of stealing money from a company or client's account.

In order for prosecutors to convict someone of embezzlement, they must establish these four facts:

Common questions about divorcing a military member

If you are a military spouse and you are considering filing for a divorce, it is likely that you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed by the process. It is important that you understand the process and the things that make your circumstances different from the norm.

Divorcing a member of the military is just the same as any other divorce. However, there are details and implications that need to be addressed that are specific to military divorces. These details are usually related to the division of military benefits.

Understanding financial affidavits in a divorce

One of the most stressful and overwhelming parts of going through a divorce is the process of dividing assets, especially if you are a high asset household. Part of what is overwhelming is the learning of new terminology and getting organized in regard to what you own.

A financial affidavit is something that you have probably heard of when looking into the divorce process, but you may be unsure about how to create one and what it entails. It is important that you take the time to understand how a financial affidavit is created and how to be ahead of the game.

How is the crime of intent to distribute proven?

If you have been accused of a drug-related crime, it may feel frustrating if you believe that there is no proof. Unfortunately, law enforcement officials are equipped to make assumptions about what your intentions are with a drug based on the quantity you have in your possession.

It is important to understand how the law works in the state of Ohio so that you can successfully defend yourself from a drug charge. The following are some of the most common questions about being accused of having the intent to distribute drugs.

OVI reoffender causes a crash that kills four in Ohio

There has been a worrying trend of repeat convictions in the state of Ohio for operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol (OVI), leading people to believe that not enough is being done to combat the deadly crime of driving while intoxicated.

On Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, the State Highway Patrol in Ohio reported that an intoxicated driver caused a crash that killed four people. The collision occurred when a 48-year-old man, who was later found to be intoxicated, ran a stop sign. The accident occurred 60 miles from Cleveland.

3 tips for when your college student faces criminal charges

You send your adult child off to an institution of higher learning to gain an education and life experience, but sometimes other things happen. When you become aware that your college student faces criminal charges, you may not know what to do.

How you respond can have an impact on the case. Therefore, it is wise to know these tips to help your child get as good an outcome as possible.

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