Most Common Drug Charges in Ohio

Drug charges in Ohio are no laughing matter. You could be facing severe penalties if you don’t defend yourself.

Don’t trust your defense with a court-appointed attorney or try to go at it alone. You need a lawyer who can aggressively defend you, no matter what the drug charges are. Get help presenting a compelling defense.

Call Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA today. Attorney Troy Wisehart can review the details to determine which defense strategy will work best for you. Contact us at (419) 625-7770 for a free and confidential case consultation.

Common Ohio Drug Charges

There are many different types of drug crimes. And that’s mainly because there are so many different controlled substances. Most drug charges involve one of the following types of drug crimes: Possession, manufacturing or cultivation, and trafficking.

Drug Possession

Drug possession is one of the most common types of drug crimes in Ohio. It means you are accused of being in possession of a dangerous controlled substance. The penalties for drug possession can vary widely. Some possession charges are misdemeanors, and others are felonies.

The amount and type of drug in question will determine which you are charged with. For example, if you were accused of being in possession of less than the bulk amount of a Schedule 3 CDS, you could be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor. If convicted, you could spend up to 180 days in jail. You could also be ordered to pay fines of up to $1,000 and face other severe penalties.

But if you were in possession of, say, 100 grams of cocaine, you could face first-degree felony charges. These are punishable by fines of up to $20,000. You could also spend up to 11 years in prison. And these are just the criminal penalties. This doesn’t include the impact a conviction will have on you professionally or in your personal life.

For this reason alone, you must get help avoiding a conviction. A drug possession lawyer in Ohio could help defend your case in court. We’ll know the best approach after an in-depth analysis of the details of your case.

Drug Manufacturing or Cultivation

Drug manufacturing or cultivation means you’ve been accused of having materials, equipment, or chemicals needed to produce CDSs.

Depending on the details of your drug cultivation case, you could spend more than a decade in prison and pay fines amounting to tens of thousands of dollars.

Your drug manufacturing lawyer must be prepared to build a powerful defense. Some of the different drug manufacturing defenses that could work include:

  • Illegal search and seizure
  • Lack of intent
  • Lack of knowledge
  • False accusations
  • Entrapment
  • Affirmative defense
  • Police misconduct

These are only a few examples of drug cultivation defenses. You’ll have a better idea of what your defense will look like after talking to your attorney.

Drug Trafficking

Drug trafficking is another common Ohio drug crime. It involves the possession of a CDS with the intent to distribute or actual distribution. Like with drug possession, the severity will depend on the type and amount involved.

Someone accused of 50 grams or more of heroin could face first-degree felony charges. If convicted, you could spend up to 11 years in prison and pay fines up to $20,000.

Alternatively, someone in possession of less than one gram might face fifth-degree felony drug trafficking charges. If you are found guilty, you could spend up to one year in jail. You could also be ordered to pay fines of up to $2,500.

Your drug trafficking lawyer can analyze the details of your case to figure out which defense strategy is most likely to result in your acquittal. We’ll do everything possible to secure your freedom.

Contact an Experienced Ohio Drug Lawyer

When you have been arrested for a drug crime, your freedom is in jeopardy. Get help clearing your name. Avoid the devastating penalties of an Ohio drug conviction.

Contact Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA today. Attorney Troy Wisehart is prepared to defend you and find the best possible outcome. Schedule your free, no-obligation consultation. Call (419) 625-7770 or complete our quick contact form to get started on your defense strategy.