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Understanding the 3 Main Drug Crimes in Ohio


A conviction for a drug crime in Ohio is a severe offense and drastically impacts an individual’s life. Illegal drug use and manufacturing is a central issue in Ohio. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Ohio is continuously ranked as one of the highest states for overdose fatalities. As a result of this horrific epidemic of drug use, Ohio has strict laws in place to prohibit the possession, manufacturing, and trafficking of illegal drugs.

These laws are rigorous yet complicated; the Ohio statute classifies drugs into schedules.Under Ohio legislature section Section 3719.41, Schedule I is comprised of the most hazardous drugs, and drugs named under Schedule V, are considered the least dangerous. In essence, criminal charges will constitute the type of drug you possess and the amount in Ohio.

According to the Ohio Drug Control Update, data from the most recent survey reveals 7.87 % of residents in Ohio reported using illicit drugs in the past month, and the national average was 8.82%. Drug offenses can be complex, mainly because many people are not aware of the exact charges and penalties of each drug offense. Several drug offenses can be charged as federal crimes, with higher penalties.

Our Columbus drug crime attorneys provide essential information on the differences in Ohio drug crime.

Drug Possession

It is illegal for individuals to possess a controlled substance in Ohio knowingly. Under Ohio Statute Section 2925.11, the penalties for drug possession depend on the type of drug the offender possesses and the amount. The charges range from $1,000 to $5,000 depending on the bulk amount and the drug involved.

If an individual possesses Schedule III, IV, or V controlled substances, then their crime is classified as possession of drugs; however, if an individual possesses Schedule I or Schedule II drugs, the crime can be classified as aggravated possession of drugs.

Drug Trafficking

The National Drug Intelligence Center states that Ohio has seen an exponential commercial truck traffic increase by 90% over the past 25 years; a considerable amount of illegal drugs have been transported to the area.

According to Ohio Revised Code Section § 2925.03, it is unlawful for an individual to knowingly sell, ship, transport, deliver, prepare, or distribute a controlled substance. The penalties for aggravated drug trafficking charges in Ohio range from a felony to imprisonment, depending on the amount in bulk and the type of drug.

Drug Manufacturing

According to Ohio Revised Code Section Section 2925.041, it is illegal for any person to assemble or possess with intent one or more chemicals that may be utilized to manufacture a controlled substance of Schedule I or Schedule II. If someone is guilty of drug manufacturing in Ohio, the penalties range from a felony of the third degree, and the court can impose imprisonment.

Contact a Columbus Drug Crime Attorney

The Meranda Law Firm LTD has over 15 years of legal experience representing clients who have been wrongfully arrested for drug crimes. If you or a loved one are facing charges for a drug crime, we have the resources necessary to help you navigate the complex legal process. Contact us today at (614) 707-4239; our dedicated team will carefully review your case and discuss your options.