Cocaine Possession Law in Ohio
In Ohio, possession of cocaine is a felony, and a felony conviction can mean jail time, fines and loss of many privileges, including the rights to vote and own a firearm. Depending on the circumstances of your case and your criminal history, your attorney may be able to negotiate a plea agreement that involves a reduced sentence. The penalties for cocaine possession in Ohio include:
- Less than 5 grams — Possession of less than 5 grams is a fifth-degree felony, punishable by six to 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine.
- Five to 9 grams — Fourth-degree felony, punishable by six to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.
- 10 to 19 grams — Third-degree felony, punishable by one to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
- 20 to 26 grams — Second-degree felony, punishable by two to eight years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
- 27 to 99 grams — First-degree felony, punishable by three to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
- 100 or more grams — First-degree felony with a mandatory prison term is 10 years. The maximum fine is $20,000.
If you are charged with trafficking in cocaine, you face even harsher penalties. An experienced defense lawyer can build a strong case for you.