My friend received a speeding ticket on 1/16/16 and the passenger was arrested for drugs. She also had drugs on her but they said if she turned them over they would let her go which they did. Now I was looking online to see where she should pay her ticket and on another court records site shows on 3/2/17 she is being charged with AGG drug possession F3 and drug instruments M4 I think. She has never received a summons and wouldn't have known about this if I didn't find it, she has been in rehab since Oct 2016 and is not even in the state and she is doing great. She has a job now, goes to all her groups and meetings and has made a new life for herself. If she gets out the program now she won't be able to go back and I fear she will go back to old ways and this will bring her back down especially if she goes to prison. What should she do? Should she wait to see what happens if a warrant is placed for her, she should go turn herself in where she is at which is thousands of miles of way from Ohio? Any help would be great. Thanks
There are a few ways to handle this, but more specifics are needed, such as whether it is filed on a complaint, if it's already indicted, and what county it is in. Have her call an attorney to discuss the matter.
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She needs to contact an experienced Ohio criminal defense attorney to weigh her options. If she has been indicted for an F3, she could be subject to extradition, so she does not want to ignore the case. An attorney may be able to make arrangements to avoid a warrant from being issued and minimize the time she needs to be in Ohio. If she ultimately is convicted and receives community control sanctions (probation), it can be transferred by interstate compact to the state where she now resides.
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Your friend needs to retain a criminal attorney to represent her in this matter.
She should discuss this with a criminal defense attorney in the county that had the charges. At some point, it will have to be addressed as a warrant following her around will make her life miserable.
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