Aggressive, Smart Defense Against Drug Charges In Ohio
Drug laws and sentencing guidelines have been changing at the state and federal levels quite a bit in recent years. Most of these changes or proposed changes concern the legality of recreational marijuana – an issue that is regularly up for debate here in Ohio.
All of this talk may be giving people the impression that drug charges are no longer a big deal. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. If you’ve been charged with a drug crime in Ohio, you have a lot to lose if convicted. Therefore, you should seek the help of a skilled defense attorney. Here in Cincinnati, the firm to call is Corey Morris Law.
How Drugs And Related Crimes Are Classified
In Ohio, drugs are categorized into five categories, or “schedules.” This list was essentially adopted from the federal drug schedule in use by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Drugs are ranked according to their accepted medical use and potential for abuse/dependence.
Schedule 1 drugs are considered the most dangerous (no medical use and high potential for abuse), and they are therefore associated with the highest criminal penalties. The supposed dangers and related criminal consequences reduce with each schedule.
Drug crimes can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. The charges and sentencing guidelines for possession will depend on factors such as:
- The type of drug and its schedule
- The amount of the drug
- Any aggravating factors associated with the offense
A misdemeanor drug possession charge is more serious than you may realize. Conviction is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and as much as one year in local or county jail. Because the details matter in any criminal case, it is critical to seek the help of a skilled attorney if you are facing drug charges.
What About Prescription Drugs?
You might assume that law enforcement only cares about “street” drugs, but that’s not the case. Many prescription drugs are scheduled as well, and possession is tightly regulated. For instance, numerous opioids are listed as schedule 2 drugs, along with ADHD medication like Adderall and Ritalin.
If you are caught in possession of certain prescription drugs without a valid prescription, you can face criminal charges in the same way that someone would for possessing an always-illegal drug like cocaine or methamphetamines.
Talk To An Attorney About Your Legal Options
Corey Morris Law is based in Cincinnati and serves clients throughout the area. To discuss your criminal charges and your legal options with a former prosecutor turned defense attorney, call me at 513-548-5990, or reach out online.