The possession of a controlled substance such as cocaine, crack, meth, heroin, LSD, and ecstasy is a criminal offense. Whether the crime is charged as a misdemeanor or felony will usually depend on the type and amount of drug that was found. Another factor that can determine the severity of the charge is whether the drug was for personal use or sale.
Illegal drug possession is punishable by probation or imprisonment, and fines. Sentencing can also include community service and mandatory drug treatment. Depending on the circumstances of the case, your driver's license may be suspended and your assets seized. An Akron criminal defense attorney can give you additional information on drug crime cases, including the tactics that will be used by the prosecution to attain a guilty verdict.
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The seriousness and, therefore, the sentencing for drug crimes vary depending on the type of illegal drug involved, as well as the amount in possession. For example, drug abuse charges for heroin—a dangerous and highly addictive drug—are much more serious than charges of simple marijuana possession in Ohio or any other state. "Possession" can also include the possession of drug paraphernalia, such as needles used to abuse illegal drugs.
Simple Possession of Marijuana
In Ohio, possession of less than 100mg of marijuana (also known as weed, pot, cannabis, Mary Jane, and other nicknames) is a misdemeanor punishable by no more than a $150 fine. Possession of at least 100mg, but less than 200mg of marijuana is also a misdemeanor, but could also result in 30 days in jail. Conviction of misdemeanor possession could also require you to complete a drug treatment program.
Felony Possession of Marijuana
Possession of more than 200mg of marijuana is a felony drug offense and could land you in jail for more than a year with a fine of $1,500 or more.
DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder is a knowledgeable criminal defense firm with many years of experience in drug crime cases. We know what is at stake if you have been arrested for possession of the following drugs:
You can expect the District Attorney's office to pursue a conviction with considerable tenacity, particularly if large quantities of the drug were found. There are many ways to challenge a drug possession arrest, including illegal search and seizure or other rights violations. You may also be eligible for a drug diversion program, which can result in a case dismissal after the program is completed. An attorney at our firm can discuss your legal options and help you make an informed decision regarding your defense.
Contact an Akron drug possession lawyer at our firm for qualified legal advice and skilled representation if you have been charged with possession.