In Ohio, getting charged with possession is a serious offense. The state makes it illegal to offer or sell controlled substances, including methamphetamines (meth), heroin, LSD, and cocaine. It is also illegal to ship, prepare, or distribute any controlled substance when you (or someone else) plan to resell the substances. Consequences depend on the amount of substance the guilty person possesses. Some substances are measured in bulk, whereas others, such as marijuana, heroin, and cocaine, are measured by weight.
Each drug is classified into its own category under Ohio law for regulation and determining adequate punishment.
Schedule I Drugs
- LSD, Heroin, Ecstasy, Marijuana
- This includes the drugs that are the most dangerous. They have no current medical use and a high potential for addiction and abuse.
Schedule II Drugs
- OxyContin, Morphine, Cocaine
- This classification includes drugs that are also highly addictive and have a great potential for abuse. They are sometimes medically accepted for conditions like chronic pain and can be obtained by prescription.
Schedule III Drugs
- Tylenol, Vicodin, Ketamine
- These are less dangerous than Schedule I and II drugs. They can be purchased at local pharmacies without a prescription.
- Valium, Soma, Xanax
- These are used for medical purposes but can sometimes lead to abuse. Low probability of misuse.
- Robitussin and Ezogabine
- The least addictive category and low quantify of a narcotic. Although they have a low potential for abuse, they can often be misused.
Below are the standard charges associated with felony drug possessions in Ohio:
F1 Drug Trafficking – Usually comes with three to eleven years of prison time and associated fines of up to $20,000
F2 Drug Trafficking – Prison time is usually two to eight years, with associated fines of up to $15,000
F3 Drug Trafficking – Jail time of usually about one to five years, with fines of up to $10,000
F4 Drug Trafficking – Usually includes six to eighteen months in jail with associated fines of us to $5,000
F5 Drug Trafficking – This offense is still serious but isn't always associated with jail time.
Determining Felony Level
Felony level is determined by the type and amount of drug you are caught with.
F1: More than 27 grams
F2: 20 to 26 grams
F3: 10 to 19 grams
F4: 5 to 9 grams
F5: Less than 5 grams
F1: 1,000 to 4,999 doses
F2: 250 to 999 doses
F3: 50 to 249 doses
F4: 10 to 49 doses
F5: less than 10 doses
F1: More than 40 grams
F2: 10 to 49 grams
F3: 5 to 9 grams
F4: 1 to 4 grams
F5: Less than 1 gram
F1: More than 150 gram
F2: 15 to 49 grams
F3: 3 to 14 grams
F5: Less than 3 grams
F2: 20,000 or more grams
F3: 10,000 to 19,999 grams
F5: 200-999 grams
In Ohio, medical marijuana is legal, while recreational usage is decriminalized. If found with less than 100 grams or to transfer less than 20 grams to another person, it is considered a misdemeanor. These charges do not result in jail time but are still considered to be punishable by potentially having one's driver's license suspended for anywhere between 5 and six months, along with associated fines up to $150.
Contact a Defense Attorney
Getting charged with drug trafficking can be very serious in Ohio. Fighting for your case can be challenging without the help of a dependable and trusted attorney. Here at The Meranda Law Firm LTD, we have a team of award-winning attorneys with years of hands-on experience representing cases like yours. We are committed to offering the services and support you need throughout the entire process and ensuring you fully understand your case.
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