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Federal vs. State Drug Crimes

Knowledgeable Ohio Lawyer Defends Clients Charged with State Drug Crimes

Skillful Maple Heights attorney represents Ohioans facing possession and other drug charges

Most drug charges are prosecuted as state crimes rather than federal crimes. As the primary forum for drug crime litigation, state courts offer more flexibility when it comes to sentencing. But because both federal and state charges come into play for certain drug cases, such as those involving alleged trafficking, all drug charges should be taken seriously and defended aggressively by an attorney experienced in both state and federal courts. At Law Office of Gregory S. Robey in Maple Heights, attorney Gregory Robey has more than 25 years of experience providing tough, effective representation to clients charged under Ohio and federal law. That experience offers our clients an advantage when they face drug charges in Northeast Ohio.

Accomplished drug defense firm assists clients in the Cleveland area

In actions relating to both state and federal drug crime prosecutions, our extensive criminal law background helps to safeguard your rights. From the outset of your case, we will explain the relevant legal issues involving:

  • Federal vs. state court system — Most people are familiar with the Courts of Common Pleas, located in each Ohio county. They handle most criminal prosecutions in the state and have rules that are geared toward state and local needs. If you are tried federally, your case is heard in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, whose Eastern Division has courthouses in Cleveland, Akron and Youngstown. These matters are governed by the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.
  • Sentencing rules — Under both federal and Ohio law, sentencing guidelines exist for individuals convicted of drug-related offenses. As you review your legal options, we detail the potential penalties associated with your charge.
  • Treatment and other alternatives to incarceration — As the primary forum for drug-related prosecutions, the state court system offers a wider range of sanctions that can be tailored to the specific situation. In many cases, substance abuse treatment, probation or some other alternative to incarceration gives people the best chance of putting their problem behind them.

Whether you’re being prosecuted by the United States or the State of Ohio, our firm delivers assertive advocacy in court and during plea negotiations.

Contact a dedicated Ohio attorney to make an appointment regarding a drug charge

Law Office of Gregory S. Robey represents clients throughout the Cleveland area in state and federal prosecutions involving alleged drug crimes. Please call 877-219-2514 or contact us online to schedule an appointment at our office in Maple Heights.

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