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Columbus Drug Possession Lawyer

Ohio penalties for drug possession are serious and vary depending on the type of drugs you have in your possession. An experienced attorney will discuss the facts of your particular case and discuss all your options with you. If you have been arrested for drug possession, it is in your best interest to hire an experienced attorney to fight for your rights and freedom. Call Attorney Adam Burke for your free consultation at (614) 280-9122.

Ohio Drug Possession

Ohio drug laws have different classifications of drugs and that are divided up by schedules. It is used to determine the potential sentence for the offense committed.
• Schedule I—LSD, marijuana, heroin, and ecstasy. These are considered the most dangerous drugs and have a high risk of addiction.
• Schedule II—opium, cocaine, methamphetamines, and methadone. These are considered drugs that have a medical purpose, but have a potential risk of abusing the drug.
• Schedule III—hydrocodone, codeine, steroids, and depressants. These are considered to have some risk of abuse and a little less dangerous than Schedule II drugs.
• Schedule IV—clonazepam, tranquilizers, and sedatives. These are considered to have a slight risk of abuse and have medical purposes.
• Schedule V—medicine you can get over the counter that has codeine. This is considered to have a low risk of abuse.
Ohio Drug Laws

Ohio Drug Laws for Possession of Marijuana

The penalties for possession of marijuana vary depending on the amount you have in your possession at the time you are caught. If you are caught with less than 100 grams, it is a minor misdemeanor and a $100 fine. However, the more you are caught with, the more severe the penalty.

Degree of FelonyGramsPrison TimeFines up to
4th Degree100-20030 days$250
5th Degree200-1,0001 year$2,500
3rd Degree1,000-20,0001-5 years$5,000
2nd Degree20,000 or more2-8 years$15,000

Ohio Drugs Laws for Possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia

Marijuana paraphernalia includes pipes or bongs and if you are in possession of these items associated with marijuana, it is a minor misdemeanor.

Ohio Drug Laws for Possession of Cocaine

The penalties for possession of cocaine in either powder or crack form varies depending on how much you have at the time of arrest. Below are the penalties for possession of cocaine.

Degree of FelonyGramsPrison TimeFines up to
5th DegreeUp to 1 gram6-12 months$2,500
4th Degree1 to 5 grams6-18 months$5,000
3rd Degree5 to 10 grams1-5 years$10,000
2nd Degree10 to 50 grams2-8 years$15,000
1st Degree50 to 250 grams3-10 years$20,000
1st Degree250 grams or more3-10 years$20,000

Ohio Drug Laws for Possession of Heroin

To be arrested for possession of heroin it is enough that the drugs are found on your property or close to you, it does not have to be on you. Below are the penalties for the possession of certain amounts heroin.

Degree of FelonyGramsPrison TimeFines up to
5th DegreeUp to 1 gram6-12 months$2,500
4th Degree1 to 5 grams6-18 months$5,000
3rd Degree5 to 10 grams1-5 years$10,000
2nd Degree10 to 50 grams2-8 years$15,000
1st Degree50 to 250 grams3-10 years$20,000
1st Degree250 grams or more3-10 years$20,000

Ohio Drug Laws for Possession of Methamphetamine

The penalty for possession of methamphetamine varies depending on the weight, form of the meth, and your criminal history. It is a 5th degree felony if you are in possession of a small amount of meth, which carries a 6-12 prison term. However, the more you have in your possession, the charges can go up to a 1st degree felony. 1 2

Ref: Ohio Revised Code Section 2925.11

Burke, Meis & Associates — Columbus, OH Drug Possession Attorney

If you have been charged with drug possession in Columbus or any of the surrounding areas in Ohio, it is important to discuss the particular facts of your case and develop a defense strategy. There are serious penalties associated with drug possession and discussing you case with an experienced attorney will help you understand your situation. Contact Burke, Meis & Associates now for your free consultation at (614) 280-9122.