Have you been charged with a marijuana offense? While marijuana laws across many states are relaxing, Ohio still imposes harsh penalties for marijuana possession or sales.

If you have been charged with a marijuana offense, you need a skilled marijuana defense attorney. At Gounaris Abboud, LPA, our marijuana defense attorneys have a combined 50 years of experience helping clients with legal challenges. We know that a drug possession conviction can impact your life, so we work to get your charge reduced or dismissed.

Here are a few things you should know about Gounaris Abboud, LPA: 

  • We are included in the Ohio Super Lawyers® List,
  • We are members of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers,
  • We have a 10/10 “Superb” Rating from Avvo, and
  • We have a 4.9 star average out of 203 Google reviews.

Contact us to get started on your defense or keep reading to learn more about marijuana offenses in Ohio.

Common Marijuana Charges We Handle

Our attorneys have defended clients against all kinds of drug charges. These are some of the common marijuana charges we handle.

Marijuana Possession

It is illegal to obtain, possess, or use marijuana in Ohio. Possession penalties vary depending on how much marijuana you have.

You can get up to 30 days in jail for possessing 100 grams of marijuana. If you have 200 grams of marijuana, you face a felony offense that carries up to a year in jail. Expect larger penalties when you have more marijuana. If you’re selling or distributing even small amounts of marijuana, the penalties increase.

Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence

It is illegal to drive a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. You can receive a per se OVI conviction if you have a concentration of 20 nanograms per milliliter of urine of marijuana. 

Penalties for a first offense can bring: 

  • A $1,075 fine, 
  • Up to six months in jail, and 
  • A license suspension of up to three years. 

Subsequent offenses increase potential penalties. If you injured anyone while driving under the influence, you may face additional charges.

Minor in Possession

When minors receive marijuana convictions, Ohio law emphasizes rehabilitating them. A minor in possession of marijuana might face these court-ordered actions: 

  • Drug treatment programs in an outpatient or residential facility, 
  • Juvenile detention, 
  • Community service, 
  • Probation, and
  • Electronic monitoring.

Receiving a juvenile delinquency charge for possession of marijuana can negatively impact your child. Our attorneys show compassion towards juvenile clients, trying to prevent marijuana charges from harming a child’s future.

Why You Should Consider Hiring a Marijuana Defense Lawyer

If you face a marijuana charge, you need an experienced marijuana defense attorney. In addition to fines and incarceration, a marijuana conviction can bring other adverse effects. It could impact your ability to: 

  • Find employment, 
  • Find housing,
  • Get student loans, and 
  • Get custody of your children.

It is important to hire an experienced attorney who will advocate for you in court. A skilled marijuana defense attorney will try to get your marijuana charges reduced or dismissed, minimizing negative consequences.

Contact a Dayton, OH Marijuana Defense Lawyer Today

If you face a marijuana charge, you must call an experienced marijuana defense attorney immediately. Your freedom and future are on the line. Call the skilled attorneys at Gounaris Abboud, LPA, at 937-222-1515, or contact us online

We will meet with you for a free consultation to discuss your OVI charges. We can share legal options and get to work on your defense strategy. You will receive regular updates from us on your case progress, and our legal team is available to answer any of your questions. Contact us today to get started on your OVI defense.