Every day in Ohio, there are hundreds of individuals who are charged with drug crimes. Drug offenses encompass a wide range of offenses from possession of drug paraphernalia to the illegal possession of chemicals to drug trafficking. The State of Ohio is not lenient on drug offenders, even you are facing your first conviction. Most drug offenses in Ohio are punished as felonies, and can be charged on both the state and federal levels. A drug offense conviction not only carries extensive prison time and expensive fines, but can also have a profound negative impact on other areas of your life.
If you are facing Ohio drug charges, it’s imperative that you immediately contact an experienced Cincinnati drug lawyer. The longer you wait, the tougher your path may be. For example, if law enforcement has asked you questions but hasn’t yet placed you under arrest or formally charged you with anything, we may be able to prevent you from ever being charged. We can also walk you through the legal process and answer questions you may have. Drug charges are extremely complex, whether at the state or federal level, and determining what evidence the prosecution has against you will help us defend you best. We have a proven record of reducing penalties and charges. If you have questions and would like answers in a free legal consultation, please call Cincinnati drug lawyer Brad Groene today: .
We can help with all of the following drug-related charges:
- Possession of Drugs / Possession of Controlled Substances – Possession of drugs or controlled substances is a common drug charge in Ohio, but that doesn’t mean it comes without serious penalties. Under Ohio Revised (ORC) 2925.11, this encompasses prescription medications, medications without prescriptions, illegal drugs under DEA and federal classifications, natural substances, and chemicals.
- Possession of Marijuana – Although marijuana possession is not typically considered as serious of a charge as other possession charges, it is still a serious drug crime that can be charged as either be a misdemeanor or felony in Ohio, depending how the amount that you possessed. There are many nuances to possession charges – constructive possession, your constitutional rights, physical evidence, and more. This is why having a Cincinnati marijuana attorney on your side can help.
- Felony Drug Possession – For Schedule I and II substances, you can be charged with felony possession even if you are not in possession of the full bulk amount. (A bulk amount is 10 grams.) The degree of the felony charge depends on specific amounts. For Schedule III, IV, and V substances, you can be charged with felony possession if you are found to be in possession of at least the bulk amount.
- Possession with the Intent to Sell / Distribute – If law enforcement believes and has evidence that you were in possession of a controlled substance and you had intended to sell or distribute the drug, you can be charged with possession with the intent to distribute. Typically federal agents or the police ascertain “intent to distribute” as larger than normal quantities of a drug (larger than normal personal use). However, it can be a complicated charge because amounts don’t always equate to intent to sell. Having an experienced Cincinnati criminal lawyer defend your rights in these cases is essential, especially since the penalties for possession with the intent to distribute are far greater than simple possession.
- Trafficking Marijuana – Offering to sell, ship, transport, or deliver marijuana within Ohio is illegal, regardless of its intended use. However, the prosecution must show that you knowingly possessed marijuana with the intention to sell in order to convict you. Because of the evidence in drug cases, there may be ways to reduce the penalties you face if you are charged with this offense.
- Drug Manufacturing – Under state law, drug manufacturing is a larger offense that encompasses activities such as growing marijuana, cooking meth, and more. The penalties are steep for this felony offense, and you face years in prison, thousands of dollars of fines, and long-term consequences. In addition, drug convictions in Ohio may result in driver’s license suspension, which will impact your day-to-day life.
- Drug Trafficking – Similar to marijuana trafficking, distributing or transporting drugs across state lines or within the State of Ohio is prohibited. The degree of drug trafficking charge depends on the amount of drugs in question. An experienced Ohio drug lawyer can review the State’s evidence against you and begin building a defense right away.
- Possession of Prescription Drugs – In Ohio, you can be charged with possession of prescription drugs if you are found to have prescription drugs in your possession without a valid prescription from an authorized medical professional. You can also be charged if the amount of prescription drugs is in excess of what was originally prescribed to you. Due to the nature of this charge, authorized medical professionals in good standing are typically exempt from this charge unless law enforcement has evidence to the contrary.
- Illegal Possession of Chemicals – In 2002, Ohio revised its drug laws to specifically address illegal possession of chemicals, and it was originally intended to curb the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Being in possession of more than is legally specified of certain precursor chemicals can raise a red flag to law enforcement, and you may be investigated for purchases of precursor chemicals.
- Illegal Cultivation & Growing of Marijuana – Growing marijuana in Ohio falls under the same statute as drug manufacturing – ORC 2925.04. Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug in Ohio, which means that the State perceives it as a drug with a high risk of additional dependency while still maintaining some medical value. Cultivating weed can be a minor misdemeanor up to a felony charge, depending on the amount you are found to be growing.
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – In Ohio, you do not have to be in possession of drugs themselves to be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, though frequently they are charged simultaneously. Items considered to be paraphernalia include bongs, syringes, scales, measuring instruments, certain types of containers, and much more. It’s easy to see why certain combinations of items could be misconstrued as drug paraphernalia, so having a good defense lawyer to help you fight these charges can help immensely.