Drug Schedules Impact Penalties for Possession of Controlled Substances in Ohio
Each state has a slightly different approach in what it considers controlled dangerous substances (CDS). Ohio is particularly stringent in its classification of CDS, including drugs like marijuana, cocaine and heroin and a wide range of materials and compounds used to manufacture them. It is illegal to possess any of these substances in the state.
In Ohio, state law divides CDS into five different categories, or “schedules.” Schedules I and II are the most dangerous, according to the law, and therefore possession of these substances come with significant penalties. The state also has regulations on what constitutes a bulk amount of CDS, and if you’re accused of possessing more than that amount, you could face years in prison, large fines and probation. Even if you were caught with less than the bulk amount, however, you may still face felony charges that could net you 12 months in jail and $2,500 in fines.
Schedules III, IV and V are generally considered less serious in nature, but possession of these substances is still illegal. If you’re caught with less than the state-determined bulk amount, you’ll likely face misdemeanor charges and penalties that include up to 180 days in jail and $1,000 in fines. Possessing more than the bulk amount, however, may be considered a felony and result in larger fines and up to eight years imprisonment.
In addition to jail or prison time, fines, and probation, it’s likely that a conviction for possession of a dangerous controlled substance will result in the loss of your driver’s license, at least for a short period of time.
If you are arrested for a serious drug crime, contact a knowledgeable Cleveland criminal defense lawyer with the Law Office of Gregory S. Robey as soon as possible.