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Ohio Drug Trafficking Penalties

Ohio Drug Trafficking Penalties

Ohio Drug Trafficking PenaltiesOhio Drug trafficking penalties are decided on the basis of the substance you were charged with trafficking, the amount of the drug, and whether the trafficking offenses were near juveniles. Your past criminal record, if any, will also be taken into account for sentencing if you are convicted. Drug trafficking is considered a felony in Ohio. Please refer to the table below for more information:

Standard Felony Penalties in Ohio:

Degree of Felony Prison Time Fines of up to
F1 3-11 years $20,000
F2 2-8 years $15,000
F3 1-5 years $10,000
F4 6-18 months $5,000
F5 6-12 months $2,500

Ohio Trafficking Offense Levels by Drug

Drug
Quantity
Offense Level
Near Minor
Prison Presumed
Marijuana (grams)
0 – 199
F5
F4
No
200 – 1,999
F4
F3
No
1,999 – 4,999
F3
F2
F2
5,000 – 19,999
F3
F2
F3 | Mandatory F2
20,000 – 39,999
F2
F1
F2 Mand | F1 Max
40,000 +
F2
F1
F2 Max | F1 Max
Cocaine (grams)
0 – 4
F5
F4
No
5 – 9
F4
F3
F3
10 – 19
F3
F2
F3 | Mand: F2 or F3 + priors
20 – 26
F2
F1
Madatory
27-99
F1
F1
Mandatory
100 +
F1
F1
Maximum
Heroin (grams or doses x 10)
1 – 4
F5
F4
No
5 – 9
F4
F3
F3
10 – 49
F2
F1
Mandatory
50 – 249
F1
F1
Mandatory
250 +
F1
F1
Maximum

Find information about Ohio Trafficking Penalties for other drugs here.

Find information about Ohio Drug Possession Penalties here.

Ohio Aggravated Drug Trafficking Penalties

If your are charged with selling an amount less than the bulk amount (an amount defined by law), it is considered a felony of the 4th degree. If this is done near minors, it is considered a felony of the 3rd degree.

If the amount of drugs trafficked is equal to or more than the bulk amount, but less than 5 times the bulk amount, it is a felony of the 3rd degree, and done near juveniles, it becomes a felony of the 2nd degree.

If the amount of drugs equals to or exceeds the bulk amount, but is less than 50 times the bulk amount, it becomes a felony of the 2nd degree. If done near minors, it becomes a felony of the 1st degree.

If the amount of drugs trafficked exceeds 50 times the bulk amount, it becomes a felony of the 1st degree (with a mandatory prison sentence). If done near juveniles, it is a felony of the 1st degree (with a mandatory prison sentence, tag of a major drug offender and an additional prison term).

Ohio Drug Trafficking

In Ohio, drug trafficking is considered to be the selling, offering, or packaging for delivery a “controlled substance,” as defined under the Ohio Revised Code.  An example of drug trafficking would be a person selling marijuana to a minor outside a school.

These “controlled substances” are drugs that are considered harmful to the human body with regular ingestion, like cocaine, hashish or LSD.

The controlled substances are classified under 5 schedules. Schedule I and II drugs are considered the most dangerous, while schedule III, IV and V drugs are considered less dangerous and may have some legal medical use. 1 2 3

Columbus Drug Trafficking Lawyer

Drug trafficking is a serious offense in the state of Ohio. You may have to spend a significant amount of time in jail and pay a substantial fine if convicted of drug trafficking. Laws dealing with drug possession and trafficking 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.

Columbus Ohio Drug Trafficking Penalties

If a person is charged with trafficking schedule II, III or IV drugs, the offense is considered simple drug trafficking.

If an amount less than the bulk amount was allegedly trafficked, it is a felony of the 5th degree. If done near minors, it is a felony of the 4th degree.

If the amount exceeded the bulk amount, but was less than 5 times the bulk amount, it is felony of the 4th degree. If it happened near juveniles, it is a felony of the 3rd degree.

If the amount was more than 5 times the bulk amount and less than 50 times the bulk amount, it is a felony of the 3rd degree. Done near juveniles, it becomes a felony of the 2nd degree.

If the amount was more than 50 times the bulk amount, it is a felony of the 2nd degree.

Done near minors, it is a felony of the 1st degree.

Additional Penalties

A person convicted of drug trafficking will receive a mandatory fine, suspension of their driver’s license, and a suspension, or revocation, of their professional license.

Burke, Meis & Associates — Columbus Drug Trafficking Attorney

If you have been arrested on a drug trafficking charge, you need to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss the facts of your case and possible options. 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.

 

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