There are many criminal activities that can be associated with drug crimes, from the possession of a controlled substance to manufacturing. However, the penalties will typically depend on the type and amount of drug involved in that particular crime.
Various drug crimes include drug possession, drug distribution, drug trafficking, drug cultivation, and drug paraphernalia. The penalties for possession of drugs vary according to the drug that is found in possession. The different charges are broken down in the following way:
Drug Possession or Cultivation
Marijuana: This is a misdemeanor if under 200g and punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a maximum fine up to $250. A felony is stated as more than 200g and punishable by six months to eight years in jail and a fine between $2,500- $15,000
A misdemeanor for this defense is less than 10g solid or 2g liquid and punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $250 fine. For it to be a felony offense you must have more than the above quantity and it is punishable by three to eight years in jail and a fine between $2,500-$15,000.
Drug Distribution / Trafficking:
The quantity for this offense must be less than 20g and is a misdemeanor with a fine of $150.
A felony must be between 20-200g and is punishable by one year in jail and a $500 fine.
200-1000g is also a felony and is further punishable by six months to 1.5 years in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500. More than 1000g is also a felony and punishable by one to five years in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500.
20,000-40,000g is also a felony which is punishable by a minimum of five years and up to eight years in prison and a fine of up to $2,500
Lastly, more than 40,000g is a felony punishable by a minimum of eight years in prison and a fine of $2,500.
Possession of paraphernalia is a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $150. The sale of paraphernalia however is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a maximum fine of $750. Drug convictions can result in a loss of driving privileges in the state of Ohio and various other states.
Charged with a Drug-related Charge?
If you or a loved one have been accused of a drug crime then contact our Columbus attorneys who can work tirelessly to help clear your name and protect your future. The cost of fines combined with the cost of having a conviction on your record can be detrimental.
At The Meranda Law Firm LTD, we may be able to help with your charges today. Call us today to talk to someone about setting up your defense for your case. (614) 707-4239.