While it looks like it should be a simple calculation, the truth is that there’s an overlap of federal controlled substances guidelines into Ohio law, and every substance (or substance category) has its own penalties assigned by statute. For instance, possession of less than 100 grams of marijuana is a minor misdemeanor punishable by up to $150 in fines. You will also pay court costs, but no jail time can be imposed for the charge. The punishment increases by weight, and by the time the charge is for 1000 grams (1 kilogram), it becomes felony possession and carries a penalty of 6 to 12 months in prison, a $2500 fine, and court costs.
On the other hand, if you were caught with a single gram of cocaine, you will be charged with felony drug possession, face 6-12 months in jail, and a $2500 fine. And penalties for cocaine possession increase at much smaller weight intervals than with marijuana.
Prescriptions are another common issue, and another area where penalties are confusing and widely divergent. To learn more about the specific charges you or your love one are facing, call us for a free consultation with an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney right here in Butler County, Ohio.
In Ohio, there are alternatives to jail time, and while we are always ready to take a case into a courtroom, for many defendants in drug possession cases, they are better served when we petition the courts for treatment instead of jail time. Intervention in Lieu of Conviction (ILC) is a common alternative for drug cases in Butler County, and we’ve had good luck with pursuing that outcome when it’s appropriate for our clients.
The bottom line is that drug law in Ohio is complicated, but a skilled Criminal Defense Attorney can help you navigate the very best outcome possible in the situation. Don’t hesitate to call 513-892-8251 today for your free consultation.