Penalties for Meth Possession
Being caught in possession of meth is no minor offense. If you have been arrested and charged with possession of meth you need qualified, experienced legal counsel and fast! These are very serious charges, and charges that law enforcement is not inclined to go lightly in enforcing.
Possessing even the smallest amount can be charged as a fifth-degree felony. Fifth degree felony penalties for possession of less than three grams of meth will mean a six to 12 month jail term, with a $2,500 fine.
Possessing three grams to 15 grams is a third-degree felony with the standard prison sentence ranging from nine to 36 months in jail, and a mandatory maximum fine of $10,000.
Possessing 15 grams to 150 grams is a second-degree felony. Mandatory prison time goes along with this charge and can range from two to eight years with a mandatory fine of up to $15,000.
Possessing 150 to 300 grams is a first-degree felony. Mandatory prison time for this charge ranges from three to 11 years, with a mandatory maximum fine of up to $20,000.
Possessing 300 grams or more of methamphetamine is a first-degree felony. The court has no discretion to but impose the mandatory maximum prison sentence of 11 years with a mandatory $20,000 fine, and are classified as a major drug offender.
These penalties may be enhanced if police can prove you had possession of the methamphetamines in or around school zones or children. In addition, any conviction will carry with it a mandatory driver’s license suspension for anywhere from six months to five years. Also if you hold any professional license (such as medical or legal) it is quite possible that license will be revoked or at the very least suspended.
And do not be mistaken, Ohio felony drug possession laws are both complex and treacherous for the individual charged with violating them. Any felony charge has the possibility of negatively impacting every facet of your life, for the rest of your life.
Are there ways to defend against these charges? Yes, but you need to hire legal representation as soon as possible and begin to work with your attorney on your defense.
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