If you get arrested on drug charges in Ohio, you may be able to use the drug court system. This is typically allowed for nonviolent offenders who do not have an extensive criminal record.
A drug court program is essentially a court-monitored treatment program. You must go along with the program and you must submit to drug tests during it to prove that you are not in danger of using again. The court will then allow you to go through this treatment instead of facing stiffer legal penalties.
There are a few goals for a drug court program. For one thing, it saves money, compared to incarceration and a traditional criminal court process. It is also very effective in actually helping people work through their drug use and put it behind them. Studies have shown that it often works better than more traditional methods and punishments.
After all, you may have serious drug addiction issues that are the real root cause of your illegal actions. You obtained or used the drugs to feed this addiction. If you can get through the actual addiction -- which is a disease -- and get the medical help you need, that is the best way to get past these activities and turn your life around. Jail time and fines are not going to do the same thing.
It's important to know how this works and what legal options you have. You may find that there are solutions you can use that help you reduce or eliminate your criminal charges and/or penalties, while allowing you to focus on your future.