First off, nearly every drug offense in Ohio carries a potential driver’s license suspension of up to five years. This license suspension applies regardless of whether or not a vehicle was involved.
Worse yet, the license suspension will show up on your driving record for the rest of your life and is listed by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles as a “Drug Suspension.” It cannot be removed, even if the underlying felony offense is later sealed or expunged.
Secondly, felony drug convictions in Ohio can also carry mandatory fines, mandatory forfeitures, and mandatory time in a State prison.
A skilled felony lawyer can help you minimize these harsh consequences.
The best way to determine the potential penalty applicable to a drug offense in Ohio is to consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer who handles drug charges regularly. Most attorneys in general practice and even many criminal defense lawyers will not be familiar with the complexities of Ohio’s drug sentencing law. If you are unable to consult an attorney, check this quick reference guide.
Keep in mind that sentences involving felony drug charges in Ohio do NOT follow the general sentencing structure on most other felonies. Huge distinctions apply depending on whether the drug offense involves possession, trafficking, manufacturing, cultivation, assembly, sale, etc.
Different penalties apply according to defined bulk amounts and whether the drug involved is a Schedule I, Schedule II, Schedule III, Schedule IV, or Schedule V controlled substance. Ohio drug law also has significant distinctions regarding offenses involving:
Other provisions of the drug law in Ohio relate to whether the drug offense took place in the vicinity of a school or near a juvenile. Some courts, and prosecuting attorneys, are far harsher on drug offenders associated with Meth Labs (Illegal Assembly or Possession of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs – Methamphetamine).
Attorney Dan Weisenburger has over 30 years of experience in cases involving violations of Ohio drug laws, both as a former prosecutor and as a criminal defense lawyer. Attorney Weisenburger’s expertise includes nearly every type of drug offense conceivable, including numerous jury trials in drug offense cases. He is familiar with drug charges emanating from Nelson Ledges Quarry Park in Portage County as well as Blossom Music Center in Summit County.
Attorney Weisenburger represents individuals charged with drug offense across Northeast Ohio, and in the following courts:
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