A misdemeanor drug possession charge is less serious than a felony charge. Typically, they carry milder punishments and consequences. Misdemeanors are classified from minor misdemeanors to first-degree misdemeanors.
Misdemeanor drug charges include possessing a small amount of illegal drugs, cultivating less than 200 grams of marijuana, and possessing drug paraphernalia. Drug paraphernalia can be any tool or device used to make or use drugs, including pipes and needles. In general, these crimes are not as dangerous as felony drug crimes.
Misdemeanor drug charges often result in suspension of your driver’s license. Although the charge may be sealed or expunged, the license suspension cannot. It typically shows as “Drug Suspension” on your driving record.
If you are facing a misdemeanor or felony drug possession charge, the best way to defend yourself and protect your rights is to consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Call our office today at 330-296-8000 for more information.
What is a Felony Drug Possession Charge?
A felony drug possession charge is more severe than a misdemeanor charge. Felonies are also classified by degrees, with a first-degree felony as the most serious offense.
You may be charged with a felony if you traffick drugs across state lines, possess large amounts of drugs with intent to sell, or manufacture large quantities of illegal drugs. If your case involves firearms or children, a misdemeanor may be elevated to a felony charge. Felony crimes are typically considered more dangerous than misdemeanor crimes.
What Are the Consequences of a Misdemeanor Drug Possession Charge?
If you are charged with a misdemeanor, the punishments for a conviction are relatively mild compared to a felony charge. You may be required to pay fines, undergo drug treatment, or complete community service. Depending on the nature of your charge, you may also have your driver’s license suspended. If the court decides that your conviction warrants jail time, a first-degree misdemeanor could require up to six months in jail.
Although the punishments for a misdemeanor charge are not as severe as a felony charge, a conviction can still have serious consequences on your life. Misdemeanors will still be on your permanent criminal record, making it difficult to find a job or apply to colleges. Similarly, you may be unable to take out a loan or find a place to live. If you are not a United States citizen, a misdemeanor charge could lead to deportation.
Fortunately, an experienced attorney can often work out a deal in your favor to get the charge removed from your record. If you are facing a misdemeanor charge and don’t have legal representation, contact an experienced legal team immediately.
What Are the Consequences of a Felony Drug Possession Charge?
If you are convicted of a felony drug possession charge, the consequences can be severe. Depending on your charge and the classification of the felony, you could face thousands of dollars in fines and years in prison. You may also have your driver’s license suspended even if you were not driving.
A felony conviction can have severe impacts on your life. Like a misdemeanor conviction, a felony conviction will stay on your permanent record. You must note this conviction on any job application or college application you submit in the future. Your permanent record can also make renting an apartment or taking out a loan difficult. If you are not a United States citizen, a felony conviction could lead to removal or deportation from the country. Additionally, individuals convicted of felony charges cannot vote or own firearms in the state of Ohio.
What Are the Penalties for Drug Trafficking?
Drug trafficking charges can have different penalties than drug possession charges. If you are convicted of trafficking drugs in Ohio, the penalties depend on the specific circumstances of your case. In general, small amounts of drugs in your possession mean a lower charge. However, almost every drug trafficking charge is a felony, not a misdemeanor. Similarly, if you are caught trafficking drugs near a school or juveniles, the charge is automatically one degree higher. Many drug trafficking charges carry mandatory prison time.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Drug Possession Charges?
If you are facing a misdemeanor or felony drug possession charge, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our team of experienced lawyers can review your case and develop the best legal path forward to help you avoid serious repercussions and consequences. For more information, call Weisenburger Law Offices, LLC today at 330-296-8000.