Depending on the amount of concentrated cannabis or hash involved, the penalties for a conviction in Ohio can vary greatly. We can help you understand what is at stake based on the specific details of your case, and represent your best interests to the police, prosecutors, the judge, and the jury.

A possession of concentrated cannabis & hash defense lawyer in Cincinnati from The Law Offices of Steven R. Adams, LLC will fight to keep you out of jail and able to continue working or attending school. We will help you navigate the legal process, offering support, guidance, and representation the entire way. Call our office today at 513-929-9333 to get started.

What Happens If the Court Convicts Me of Possession of Concentrated Cannabis or Hash?

The penalties you may face after a possession of concentrated cannabis or hash conviction depend on the amount of the drugs and circumstances of your arrest. The table below details the charge you may face for each amount per Ohio Revised Code § 2925.11(C)(7):

Amount

Offense and Penalties

Fewer than five grams of solid hash Fewer than one gram of liquid concentrate

Minor misdemeanor; $150 fine

At least five grams but fewer than 10 grams (solid)

More than one gram but fewer than two grams (liquid)

Fourth-degree misdemeanor; up to 30 days in jail, $250 fine

At least 10 grams, but fewer than 50 grams (solid)

More than two grams, fewer than 10 grams (liquid)

Fifth-degree felony; six months to one year in jail, $2,500 fine

At least 50 grams, but fewer than 1,000 grams (solid)

More than 10 grams, fewer than 200 grams (liquid)

Third-degree felony; between nine months and three years in jail, $10,000 fine (*jail time not mandatory for convictions of fewer than 250 grams of solid and fewer than 50 grams of liquid)

At least 1,000 grams, but fewer than 2,000 grams (solid)

More than 200 grams, fewer than 400 grams (liquid)

Second-degree felony; $15,000 fine, mandatory prison term of five to eight years

At least 2,000 grams (solid)

At least 400 grams (liquid)

Second-degree felony; $15,000 fine, mandatory eight-year prison term

You may also have other punishments as a part of your sentence, including probation and regular drug testing. They may also suspend your driver’s license.

As you can imagine, a conviction for possession of concentrated cannabis or hash can affect almost every aspect of your life. Even for a minor offense with only a small amount of the drug, you will have to explain your conviction every time you apply for a job or look for a new apartment. A driver’s license suspension can also make it difficult to get to work or school or run errands. Offenses at the felony level can cause even more serious disruptions.

How Can an Attorney Help Me Fight Possession of Concentrated Cannabis or Hash Charges?

While we review each case and develop a defense strategy based on the specific circumstances in play, there are a few common tactics that we use to win a more favorable outcome on behalf of our clients. We can help you understand which, if any, might work best in your case.

Some possible outcomes, depending on the circumstances of your case, include:

Convincing the Prosecutors to Drop the Charges

We investigate the circumstances surrounding your arrest as soon as possible. The earlier we understand how this happened, the longer we have to build a strong defense.  If we can provide evidence you could not have committed this crime, prosecutors may drop the charges against you. If we uncover any violations of your rights, including illegal search or seizure, we may be able to ask the court to bar any evidence obtained illegally. This could effectively end the prosecution’s case against you, as well.

Negotiating a Reduction in Charges

Getting your charges reduced by agreeing to plead guilty to a lesser offense is a common way to walk away from drug possession charges without facing jail time or significant fines. We may be able to convince the prosecution to reduce your charges to a minor misdemeanor or other similar relatively minor offense.

Winning Your Case in Court

We are not afraid to take cases to trial, and sometimes the only thing we can do is to take your case to court and try to poke holes in the prosecution’s case. We will represent you in the best light possible, presenting a strong defense and ensuring your rights remain protected.

If the court recently convicted you of a possession offense, you may want to consider letting us review your case. We may be able to find grounds for a successful appeal. If we do, we can approach the appellate court and ask it to review your case. If we win the appeal, we could get your verdict overturned or have the opportunity for a retrial.

What Are the Advantages of Hiring a Possession of Concentrated Cannabis & Hash Defense Lawyer?

While some people do try to handle possession charges on their own, this can be a terrifying experience. We offer no-obligation case evaluations and can help you understand the strength of your defense.

When you enlist our help, we act quickly to identify and collect evidence to support your side of the story. We represent your best interests, discussing your options with you so you can make an informed decision about your future.

We will also let you know what to expect from the legal process. While it may not be possible to obtain a not guilty verdict or have the charges against you completely dropped, we will fight for the best possible outcome based on the facts of your case. This includes mitigating the damage done by any penalties or consequences of a conviction.

Talk to a Cincinnati Drug Possession Lawyer About Your Case Today

Criminal defense lawyer Steven R. Adams and the rest of his team from The Law Offices of Steven R. Adams, LLC are here to help fight the allegations against you. We know what prosecutors must do to prove a drug possession charge and we have resources and experience necessary to fight on your behalf. This may include countering their claims and collecting our own evidence to build a solid defense.

From your arrest through your arraignment and all the way through your jury trial, we will stand by you and help you navigate the criminal justice process. Call our Cincinnati office today at 513-929-9333.

Steven R. Adams
Steven R. Adams is a criminal defense lawyer dedicated to DUI, OVI, and criminal defense in Cincinnati, Ohio.