Drug Crimes

Ohio has some of the most complex drug crime laws in the country, with penalties and sentences based on numerous factors, the most prominent of which are how addictive a particular substance is and its medicinal value, if any. If you’re facing a drug crime conviction in Columbus, Ohio, you need a drug crime lawyer to fight the charges against you. The attorneys at Halabi Law LLC are standing by 24/7/365 to help you. We’ll thoroughly research the facts and the law, and then put together a drug crime defense to prevent a single mistake from affecting your future.

Possession of Marijuana in Columbus

Although the Governor recently signed a bill that legalizes some medicinal uses, recreation marijuana remains a “Schedule 1” substance, meaning it has significant potential for abuse and no medicinal value when used in this way. Possession of marijuana penalties depend on the amount. Possession of fewer than 100 grams of marijuana is a minor misdemeanor, so it won’t result in a criminal record or jail time, but it does carry a $150 fine. Comparatively, possession of between 200 and 1,000 grams increases the fine up to $2,500 and can result in a year in jail.

As for cultivation, very small amounts are probably legal under the medical marijuana guidelines. Moreover, you can cultivate up to 20 grams for personal use and it’s only a minor misdemeanor. But if you grow and sell more than 20 grams of marijuana, you risk a fine of up to $2,500, a year in jail, or both. The next step – trafficking marijuana – involves preparing the substance for shipment and transporting it. Penalties begin at a year in jail, a fine of up to $2,500, or both.

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Possession of a Controlled Substance in Ohio

Possession-of-narcotics laws in Ohio categorize drugs into five “schedules.” Schedule I include the most dangerous drugs, such as LSD and other hallucinogens, heroin, ecstasy, and, as previously mentioned, marijuana. Schedule II covers drugs with some possibility for medicinal value but are still considered highly addictive, such as opium, codeine, cocaine, oxycodone, and methadone. Schedules III through V includes drugs with limited or no risk of dependency or addiction and have known medical uses.

Possessing a Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substance can be aggravated possession, depending on the amount. You may be charged with a fifth-degree felony and risk up to a year in jail and a fine of $2,500 or a first-degree felony that is punishable by at least 11 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

Although possessing a small amount of a Schedule III, Schedule IV, or Schedule V substance is a first-degree misdemeanor, penalties can increase to eight years in prison and fines of up to $15,000 for possession in significant quantities.

Drug Possession Attorney in Columbus, Ohio

Charges for possession of narcotics or the sale of drugs in Ohio have the potential to wreak havoc in your life. If you’re charged with a drug crime in Columbus or think you may be charged with one, reach out to the drug defense attorney. I offer free consultations, during which I will explain what you’re up against in detail. I worked for the prosecuters' office and have thorough investigation and courtroom experience. I come highly recommended and reviewed with testimonials from grateful clients. Don’t talk to law enforcement until you’ve talked to me.