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Understanding Felony Marijuana Possession Laws in Ohio

In the state of Ohio, holding small amounts of marijuana typically results in misdemeanor charges. However, if the quantity involved crosses a certain threshold, it escalates to a felony offense which carries harsher punishments compared to misdemeanors.

Critical Consequences of Felony Charges

A felony conviction due to marijuana possession goes beyond prolonged jail time and heftier fines:

  • Increased prison sentences
  • Larger penalties
  • Other rights potentially affected

Certain cases, where the marijuana amount surpasses legal limits, could also lead to charges of drug trafficking, which come with their own set of severe mandatory prison time.

If you find yourself facing charges for felony marijuana possession within Mahoning County, securing skilled legal representation promptly is crucial. The Youngstown Criminal Law Group is committed to defending individuals accused of a broad spectrum of marijuana-related offenses, including possession with intent to distribute, across Ohio communities.

Sean Logue, a seasoned Youngstown OVI attorney, thoroughly analyzes the evidence and law enforcement procedures to find opportunities that could lead to reduced or even dismissed charges. Contact us at (330) 992-3036 for a free case review and trustworthy assessment of your situation.

Felony Marijuana Charges Based on Amount

Ohio law delineates different levels of felony offenses depending on the amount of marijuana involved in the possession:

  • 200g to 999g: Fifth-degree felony;
  • 1,000g to 4,999g: Third-degree felony;
  • 5,000g to 19,999g: Third-degree felony;
  • 20,000g to 39,999g: Second-degree felony;
  • 40,000 grams and above: Second-degree felony.

Potential Penalties for Felony Possession in Youngstown

The repercussions of a felony marijuana possession conviction range according to the felony degree:

  • Fifth-degree: Up to 12 months incarceration and/or fines up to $2,500.
  • Third-degree (1,000g – 4,999g): Up to 18 months in jail and/or fines up to $5,000, with prison terms being a possibility.
  • Third-degree (5,000g – 19,999g): Identical to the previous category, but with a heightened likelihood of imprisonment.
  • Second-degree (20,000g – 39,999g): A mandatory five to eight years of prison time plus potential fines up to $15,000.
  • Second-degree (40,000g and above): A compulsory maximum of eight years in prison and possible $15,000 fine.

Youngstown Criminal Law Group | Your Defense Against Felony Possession Charges

Arrested for a felony marijuana offense in Ohio? Do not interact with law enforcement officials without a Youngstown criminal lawyer by your side. The Youngstown Criminal Law Group is here to provide immediate and effective defense.

Sean Logue brings extensive experience as a defense Youngstown criminal lawyer in Youngstown to support individuals in a host of localities within and surrounding Mahoning County. He offers personalized reviews of your case and outlines the viable legal paths you can take. Reach out to us at (330) 992-3036 or through our online form for a complimentary consultation and take the first step toward navigating your legal challenges.

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