If you or a loved one was arrested and charged with a drug-related offense in Dayton, Ohio, it is a serious matter and should be treated accordingly. Your future and potential livelihood are at stake, which is why it is important to retain a Dayton drug charge attorney who can assist. At The VanNoy Firm, we have years of experience handling criminal defense matters, including Ohio drug charges.
Ohio recognizes two types of drug possession – actual and constructive. Actual is when you are caught with the drugs in your possession, whereas constructive is when drugs are found that can be linked back to you. Perhaps the drugs were found on your property or you were deemed to be the “owner” of the found drugs.
Penalties for marijuana possession vary from a misdemeanor with a fine to a second-degree felony with mandatory prison time. If you are charged with trafficking marijuana, it is defined as offering, selling, or packing it. Anything over 20 grams is a felony and can potentially result in a jail or prison sentence.
If you are charged with possession of a different controlled substance, the penalties will vary based on its classification. Schedule I drugs are considered to be the most dangerous because they have the greatest probability of addiction and abuse and they have zero medical value. The DEA includes heroin, LDS, ecstasy, and peyote among Schedule I drugs. Schedule II drugs have a high potential for abuse and could lead to severe dependence. Examples include Adderall, OxyContin, Vicodin, cocaine, and Ritalin. Examples of Schedule III drugs include testosterone and anabolic steroids while Schedule IV drugs include Ambien, Xanax, Valium, Tramadol, and Darvocet.
In Ohio, penalties are based on the type and amount of controlled substance in question. They are measured according to a specific bulk amount that is attached to each type of drug. If you are charged with trafficking, which again can mean offering, selling, packing it for distribution, distributing it, or transporting it, it is a more serious offense with a lengthier jail or prison sentence. Remember, Ohio law does not require you to exchange money to be charged with trafficking, it can also be giving or trading it.
Even a misdemeanor conviction can have serious consequences, which is why it is so important to retain a skilled Dayton criminal defense attorney. Even a misdemeanor will require you to answer ‘yes’ to the question of whether you have had any prior criminal arrests, and that can affect your ability to get a loan, an apartment, or even your dream job. Contact The VanNoy Firm today and let our team prepare the best defense possible.
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