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Drug Offenses in Ohio

Ohio has an extensive list of drug offenses ranging from minor misdemeanors to felonies. Some drug offenses can also lead to federal drug charges, typically resulting in more severe penalties than state charges. Common drug offenses in Ohio include:

  • Possession
  • Manufacturing
  • Trafficking
  • Possession with Intent to Sell
  • Drug offenses include both illegal substances such as marijuana, cocaine, and heroin and also prescription drugs. Taking a prescription that has not been prescribed to you is illegal in Ohio even if you have the consent of the person the prescription belongs to. It is not uncommon for a defendant to be charged with a drug offense and other related offenses such as conspiracy and child endangerment.

    Penalties for a Drug Offense in Ohio

    There is a vast range of penalties for drug offenses depending on the charge. Possession of marijuana, depending on the circumstances and amount, can be a minor misdemeanor with a fine of up to $150 and a mandatory license suspension. Other drug offenses can be felonies of the first degree with a mandatory prison sentence. The degree of the offense often depends on factors such as the type of drug, the amount involved, and the proximity to a school. In determining a jail or prison sentence prior drug convictions, state mandatory sentences, and other crimes committed during the same time are all factors a Court will consider during sentencing.

    If you have been charged with a drug offense, talk to a licensed Ohio attorney immediately as a conviction can have devastating consequences.