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Trial set for Akron board member accused of possessing marijuana

If you remember a previous post, a former Akron school board member had been accused of using opioids and other drug crimes. The man, who has a trial date in early April, still has a pending drug case against him, but he has completed a detoxification program in hopes of reducing the penalties.

The man's attorney stated that he would like to reach an agreement with the prosecution before this case goes to trial. In the meantime, the attorney's 57-year-old client is doing everything that he can to help himself, including going through detoxification. The 57-year-old man is also accused of using marijuana, which he pleaded not guilty to thus far.

The man is accused of possessing marijuana and overdosing on opioids. Paramedics reported using four doses of naloxone to reverse the overdose and revive the man. The police reported finding a substance that tested positive as fentanyl. They also reported finding marijuana. The 57-year-old man admitted to having fentanyl, but he did not admit to the marijuana. Now, he faces a fine of $150 along with the possibility of losing his license for up to five years, all because of the marijuana charge.

Ohio allows immunity for those who overdose up to two times if they seek treatment. This man did so and received an immunity form for the fentanyl.

When you're caught with drugs, it's easy for officers to suggest that you've been carrying more than you have. It's also easy to face charges that may not actually fit your situation. Your attorney can help make sure you're not treated unfairly and that you get the help you need to reduce or eliminate unfair charges.

Source: Akron Beacon Journal, "Trial date set for former Akron school board member in drug case," Stephanie Warsmith, Feb. 28, 2018

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