Columbus Drug Paraphernalia Lawyer
If you have been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, it is important to know your rights and hire an experienced attorney who will help you develop a defense strategy. Laws dealing with drug possession can be daunting and confusing, especially in Ohio, and it is highly recommended that you secure the services of a competent criminal lawyer to help defend your future and your freedom. Contact Attorney Adam Burke for your free consultation today at (614) 280-9122.
Ohio Drug Paraphernalia Law Change
Before Sep. 28th 2012, the possession of drug paraphernalia was considered to be a 4th-degree misdemeanor, which could carry a 30-day jail sentence and a fine. More importantly, it hampered the future job prospects of those convicted under this law. It is now considered (in most cases) a minor misdemeanor with no jail time. 1
Columbus Drug Paraphernalia
Does this mean you should not be worried if you are convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia? No, you should be worried. Read on to find out why.
The state of Ohio considers drug paraphernalia as equipment, product, or material that is used or intended to be used to introduce controlled substances into the human body. These controlled substances are drugs, like marijuana, and medicines as defined by the Ohio Revised Code Schedule (I-V). Some example of drug paraphernalia would be a drug manufacturing kit, a hypodermic needle to inject a drug into the body, or a container to store the drug. 2
If you are caught in the possession of drug paraphernalia, you will be charged according to the degree of the misdemeanor you may have committed.
Ohio Drug Paraphernalia Penalties
If you have not sold the drug paraphernalia to someone or supplied it, you may escape with a minor misdemeanor charge. If convicted, your driver’s license is still subject to mandatory suspension for a period of 6 months to 5 years, as decided by a judge. You may also be placed on probation, again at the judge’s behest. 3
If you have supplied drug paraphernalia to juveniles, it is likely that the State will slap you with a major degree misdemeanor charge. You may have to pay a significant fine and spend some time in jail.
Also, if you advertise about drug paraphernalia (in a newspaper for example), it is considered a misdemeanor by the state of Ohio.
Burke, Meis & Associates — Columbus, Ohio Drug Paraphernalia Attorney
If you have been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, it is best to consult a lawyer to get help with your unique situation. Attorney Adam Burke will make every effort to help you avoid serious penalties. Contact Burke, Meis & Associates today for your free consultation at (614) 280-9122.