Being found in the possession of any drug in the state of Ohio can be a very serious situation to be in. However, cocaine is looked at more seriously than drugs such as marijuana. If you have cocaine in your possession, or if you have been found by law enforcement officers to have cocaine in your possession, it is important that you understand exactly how the law works so that you can defend yourself effectively.
As in many other states, the law in Ohio judges the situation extremely differently depending on whether you are in simple possession of the drug or if there is reason to believe that you possess the drug with the intent to sell.
What are the consequences of possessing less than 25g of cocaine?
The possession of under 25g of cocaine in the state of Ohio is classed as a 5th degree felony and will likely result in six months of jail or a $2,500 fine.
Why am I being charged with possession with the intent to distribute cocaine when there is no proof that I am selling?
When a certain amount of a drug is found in a person's possession in the state of Ohio, this might alert the suspicions of law enforcement officers. If there is any indication that the cocaine is being held in order to be resold, such as if it is prepared and packaged, you may be charged with possession with intent to distribute.
If you have been found in the possession of cocaine in Ohio, the earlier you take action, the more time you have to build up your defense.