Trafficking in drugs is defined by the Ohio Revised Code in section 2925.03. Any person who knowingly does any of the following is guilty of trafficking in drugs:
Additionally, any person who knows or has reasonable cause to believe a controlled substance is intended for sale or resale and does any of the following is also guilty of trafficking in drugs:
The penalties for trafficking in drugs depend on the type of drug, the amount, if it occurs in the vicinity of a school or in the vicinity of a juvenile, and the offender’s prior convictions for some drug crimes. Among other things, driver’s license suspensions, mandatory prison terms, reports to professional licensing authorities, mandatory fines, court costs, probation, parole, drug and alcohol treatment, forfeiture of property, and mandatory maximum prison terms are all possible penalties.
The following is a basic guide to the starting offense levels based on the type of drug being trafficked. The amount being trafficked as well as the offense occurring in the vicinity of a school or juvenile will increase these levels.
For a more detailed examination of trafficking offense levels in Ohio, see our blog Drug Trafficking in Ohio- A Guide to Offense Levels.
If you have been charged or arrested for trafficking in drugs, it is important to quickly secure quality representation from an experienced defense lawyer. Call 614-205-2208 today to set up your free consultation appointment with attorney Colin Maher from The Maher Law Firm.