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Adam G. Burke is a top Columbus criminal defense attorney. He has successfully defended men and women facing serious felony and misdemeanor charges.

Columbus Felony Drug Possession Attorney

Ohio Felony Drug possession penalties can be severe. The penalties imposed may include lengthy prison terms and substantial fines. In most cases, the state government prosecutes the case, but the federal government may choose to step-in during special circumstances.

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 attorney to defend you. Contact Attorney Adam Burke for your free consultation at (614) 280-9122.

Standard Felony Penalties in Ohio. Cit. 1


Ohio Drug Possession Offense Levels by Drug

Cocaine (grams)Less than 5F5
5 – 9F4
10 – 19F3
20 – 26F2
More than 27F1
Heroin (grams or doses x 10)Less than 1F5
1 – 4F4
5 – 9F3
10 – 49F2
50 – 249F1
250 or MoreF1
LSD (doses)Less than 10F5
10 – 49F4
50 – 249F3
250 – 999F2
1,000 – 4,999F1
Marijuana (grams)100 – 199M4
200 – 999F5
1000 – 4,999F3
5000 – 19,999F3
20,000 – 39,999F2
More than 40,000F2

Find more information about Ohio Possession Penalties for other drugs here.

Ohio Felony Drug Possession Charges

In Ohio, a person may be charged with possession of drugs if the person obtains, possesses, or uses a controlled substance.

This “controlled substance” is a drug (like hashish) that is classified by the state government into 5 tiers based on its potency. Schedule I drugs are the most harmful; while schedule V drugs are the least harmful (they usually have medicinal properties).

In Ohio, Felony Drug Possession charges are imposed when a person is suspected of carrying schedule I or II drugs. This is known as an aggravated possession of drugs charge and it is usually a felony of the 5th degree. Several factors are involved in judging whether the person was guilty of aggravated possession of drugs – like whether the possession was “actual” or if it was “constructive.” The amount of drugs the person was carrying and schedule type of the drug he was carrying also figure in the equation.

If the amount of drugs carried by the person is in excess of the “bulk” amount, which is an amount designated by law, the person becomes guilty of a felony of the 3rd, 2nd or 1st degree, depending on the amount involved.

If the amount carried is 100 times the bulk amount, the person is tagged as a major drug offender and the state imposes very harsh penalties on the person.

Ohio Felony Drug Possession Penalties

If convicted of a felony level drug possession charge, a person has to serve a lengthy prison sentence. This sentence is 6 to 12 months for the least severe 5th degree felony and 3 to 10 years for a felony of the 1st degree. The court also imposes fines in the range of $1,000 to $20,000.

Burke, Meis & Associates — Columbus, Ohio Felony Drug Possession Defense Lawyer

If you have been arrested for a felony drug possession charge, contact Burke, Meis & Associates. It is important to know your rights and it is recommended that you hire a competent attorney to defend you. Contact Attorney Adam Burke at (614) 280-9122 for your free consultation today.