2925.11 Possession of controlled substances.
(A) No person shall knowingly obtain, possess, or use a controlled substance.
(C) Whoever violates division (A) of this section is guilty of one of the following:
(3) If the drug involved in the violation is marijuana or a compound, mixture, preparation, or substance containing marijuana other than hashish, whoever violates division (A) of this section is guilty of possession of marijuana. The penalty for the offense shall be determined as follows:
(a) Except as otherwise provided in division (C)(3)(b), (c), (d), (e), or (f) of this section, possession of marijuana is a minor misdemeanor.
(b) If the amount of the drug involved equals or exceeds one hundred grams but is less than two hundred grams, possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.
Note: State laws are constantly changing — contact an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify state marijuana possession laws.
Possession of marijuana in an amount of less than 100 grams is a minor misdemeanor offense in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the lowest level offense and punishable by only a fine of up to $150. However, the penalties increase with the amount of the marijuana possessed. In addition, ANY conviction for possession of marijuana carries with it a MANDATORY DRIVER’S LICENSE SUSPENSION.
Further, a drug conviction can have serious ramifications on employment, your credibility, and may even be used against you in custody cases.
There are many defenses to the charge of possession of marijuana or other drugs. The defense begins with a thorough assessment of all the evidence to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the case. This will include: did the police have the right to search you or your vehicle, were the drugs analyzed by the crime lab, and can the State prove each and every element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt.
Here at The Wieczorek Law Firm, LLC, our attorneys include both a FORMER HAMILTON COUNTY PROSECUTOR & FORMER HAMILTON COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER. Having been on the “other side” of the law, it affords us the knowledge to understand how the State will proceed against you. We are aggressive, experienced trial lawyers who advocate for our clients rights by investigating each and every aspect of the case.