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A possession with intent to distribute charge comes with severe penalties in Ohio. This is a troublesome charge for many because there may not have been any actual intent to sell, but if the amount of the controlled substance is large enough it may be considered that you did in fact have intent to distribute.
Furthermore, Ohio laws on selling drugs are extremely complicated and penalties vary widely depending on the amount of illegal substances found at the time of arrest.
With this being the case, having a qualified and knowledgeable attorney could make the difference between a jail sentence and a reduction in charges or complete dismissal.
If you or a loved one is currently being charged with a possession with intent to distribute in Ohio, take the steps necessary in keeping your freedom and reputation intact by hiring a capable and experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you during this stressful process.
Brian Joslyn, of the Joslyn Law Firm, is committed to making certain his clients rights are protected throughout the entire criminal process while developing a strong defense strategy that allows you to argue you case in the most effective manner possible.
Call (614) 444-1900 or send an online message to schedule a free and confidential consultation to go over the details of your case. Brian proudly represents individuals in the central Ohio counties of Delaware, Franklin, Madison, Licking, Fairfield and Pickaway.
ORC §2925.11 states that no person shall knowingly obtain, possess, or use a controlled substance.
Furthermore, ORC §2925.03 states that no person shall knowingly do any of the following:
Some of the most common types of drugs possessed with the intent to sell in Ohio are:
The penalties will vary depending on the amount found at the time of arrest. If the amount of the drug involved equals or exceeds the bulk amount but is less than five times the bulk amount, aggravated trafficking in drugs is a felony of the third degree. If convicted, this comes with a presumptive sentence of up to five years in prison and / or fines of up to $10,000.
If the amount of the drug involved equals or exceeds five times the bulk amount but is less than fifty times the bulk amount, it is a felony of the second degree. If convicted, this comes with a presumptive sentence of up to eight years in prison and / or up to $15,000 in fines.
If the amount of the drug involved equals or exceeds one hundred times the bulk amount and regardless of whether the offense was committed in the vicinity of a school or in the vicinity of a juvenile, it is considered a felony of the first degree. If convicted, this comes with a presumptive sentence of up to ten years and / or up to $20,000 in fines.
A possession with intent to distribute comes with penalties that extend much farther beyond what many would believe a fair and just punishment would be. The extreme nature of the states drug laws requires that immediate legal action must be taken to make certain that you are effectively defending yourself.
Working with Brian Joslyn and taking advantage of his legal knowledge and commitment to constitutional rights can put you in a favorable position, increasing your chances of getting the charges reduced or completely dismissed.
Call (614) 444-1900 to schedule a risk-free consultation today with the Joslyn Law Firm. Brian represents individuals in and around the central Ohio cities of Dublin, Westerville, Upper Arlington, Gahanna, Grove City, New Albany, Minerva Park, Urbancrest, London, West Jefferson, Newark, Pataskala, Lancaster, Pickerington, Circleville, Ashville or Williamsport, among others.