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The state of Ohio has given a strict definition to how those found with illegal drugs should be handled. In many cases, the penalties are stringent and broad. Not only is jail a possibility, but you also run the chance of losing your driver’s license while incurring hefty fines if convicted.
With the punitive stance of drug laws that Ohio follows, it is a vital part of your defense to find a qualified criminal defense attorney who understands the laws that you have allegedly violated.
If you are currently dealing with a felony drug possession charge, it is vital that you contact a Columbus drug possession attorney who can develop a strong defensive strategy for your personal case.
Brian Joslyn of the Joslyn Law Firm is an experienced and capable criminal defense attorney who has the legal knowledge and background necessary to argue your case in an effective and professional manner. Personally handling every aspect of your case, Brian will make certain that you are well taken care of while doing everything in his power to find a favorable solution to this stress inducing situation.
Call (614) 444-1900 or send an online message to schedule a free consultation to discuss the specifics of you pending felony drug possession charge if you were arrested in or around the Ohio counties of Delaware, Franklin, Madison, Licking, Fairfield or Pickaway.
According to O.R.C §2925.11, no person shall knowingly obtain, possess, or use a controlled substance.
Some of the substances that the state of Ohio has deemed illegal are:
Different penalties apply according to defined bulk amounts and whether the drug involved is a Schedule I (most dangerous), Schedule II, Schedule III, Schedule IV or Schedule V controlled substance.
O.R.C. §2925.01 defines the bulk amount as “an amount equal to or exceeding ten grams or twenty-five unit doses of a compound, mixture, preparation, or substance which is, or which contains any amount of a Schedule I opiate or opium derivative, or cocaine.”
To receive a felony charge for marijuana possession you must be found with more than 200g at the time of arrest.
As for the penalties, a drug possession charge considered a felony can range from a 1st degree (worst) to a 5th degree, depending on the type of drug, the amount, and if there was an intent to sell. A felony in Ohio can come with a presumptive sentence of six months to ten years and / or a fine of up to $20,000 (O.R.C. § 2929.14).
Nearly every drug offense in Ohio carries a mandatory administrative license suspension of six months to three years for those convicted. This is the case even if you were not arrested while driving a car, or even sitting in one. All felony drug charges will come with this provision. If you were already driving with a suspended license, you may be required to serve mandatory jail time or have your vehicle forfeited.
In regards to the elements necessary to charge for possession, the prosecution must show evidence that the offender had control over the controlled substance in question and / or a reasonable belief that the substance possessed is, in fact, illegal. Reasonable belief is generally defined by what an average person or an individual with similar knowledge of or familiarity with the substance would believe under the circumstances.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for felony drug possession charge in central Ohio, take the steps necessary to fight the charges and get your life back on track by calling Brian Joslyn to represent you. With years of experience defending those accused of felony drug crimes, Brian is in a position to give you the quality representation of a knowledgeable and resourceful criminal defense attorney.
Call (614) 444-1900 to schedule a free consultation if you have been charged with a felony drug possession offense in or around the cities of Delaware, Ashley, Columbus, Dublin, Westerville, Plain City, Newark, Buckeye Lake, Utica, Baltimore, Bremen, Ashville, Circleville or Williamsport.