You probably know that possessing a controlled substance is illegal in Ohio as it is in the rest of the United States. However, what you might not know is that possessing drug paraphernalia is also a crime in Ohio. Drug paraphernalia can be used to refer to various things.
If you or a loved one is facing charges, our experienced Toledo drug paraphernalia lawyers at Patituce & Associates can provide an honest evaluation of the situation and outline the available options. Your case may be eligible for a reduction, dismissal, or alternative to a conviction.
What Is Drug Paraphernalia?
Ohio defines drug paraphernalia as any equipment, material, or product used or intended to be used for the introduction of controlled substances into the human body. Examples of drug paraphernalia in Ohio include but aren’t limited to:
- A scale used for weighing controlled substances.
- Containers and envelopes used for packaging drugs.
- Syringes or hypodermic needles used for injecting controlled substances into the body.
- Sift or separation gin used for removing twigs and seeds from marijuana.
- A device or object (bong, water pipe, etc.) used for inhaling, ingesting, or otherwise introducing a controlled substance into the human body.
What Are the Penalties for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in Ohio?
The penalties for possession of drug paraphernalia in Ohio can range from just a fine to a jail term of up to 30 days. The penalties largely depend on your prior criminal history and the code section that you’re charged under.
The following are possible penalties for possession and dealing of drug paraphernalia.
Possession of Marijuana-Related Paraphernalia
Possession of drug paraphernalia linked to the use of marijuana, such as bongs, water pipes, etc. is a minor misdemeanor that doesn’t carry any jail term and a maximum fine of $150.
Possession of Other Drug Paraphernalia (Except Marijuana)
A conviction for the possession of drug paraphernalia in Ohio is a Fourth-Degree misdemeanor that carries a maximum jail sentence of 30 days and a maximum fine of $250.
Selling or Dealing to a Minor
The selling of drug paraphernalia to a minor in Ohio is a First-Degree misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of 180 days in jail as well as a maximum fine of $1,000.
Dealing (Other than to a Minor)
A conviction for selling/dealing drug paraphernalia is a Second-Degree misdemeanor that carries a maximum jail sentence of 90 days and a maximum fine of $750.
What Is the Illegal Use or Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in Ohio?
The illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia in Ohio is a crime defined under O.R.C 2925.14, which states that it is illegal to possess materials, products, or materials of any kind that were designed with the intention of drug use in mind. It includes anything that allows for:
- Concealing, storing, containing, packaging
- Analyzing, testing, preparing, processing, converting
- Compounding, growing, cultivating, manufacturing, propagating, harvesting
- Inhaling, ingesting, injecting, or otherwise introducing a controlled substance into the human body.
How Can Patituce & Associates Help a Drug Paraphernalia Charge?
Never underestimate the seriousness and impact of a drug-related criminal charge on your life. Having a drug conviction on your record can make your life especially challenging for years to come. Fortunately, with the assistance of Patituce & Associates, this doesn’t have to be the case.
Here are the ways we can help you:
- Fighting to secure your release from police custody
- Launching an independent investigation into your arrest
- Putting together a customized defense strategy for your case
- Helping you understand your possible legal actions
- Looking for evidence likely to convince a jury to acquit you
- Offering sound legal advice and guidance as needed
- Answering all your questions about the judicial process
- Ensuring that the prosecution doesn’t violate your civil rights
- Working out a plea bargain with the state prosecutor
- Arguing on your behalf in court, if necessary.
Contact Our Toledo Drug Paraphernalia Lawyers Today!
If you or a loved one was recently charged with possession of drug paraphernalia in Toledo, OH., you need competent legal representation to fight these charges, which is exactly what we offer at Patituce & Associates.
Call us today at 419-737-4556 to schedule your free initial consultation.