Having a record for a drug-related arrest or conviction can adversely affect a person’s ability to keep and maintain employment. Trafficking a controlled substance has different  penalties than possessing a controlled substance. The penalties for all drug offenses vary depending on the quantity of the drug, as well as the type of drug at issue. Ohio law has very specific sentencing guidelines for persons who are convicted of drug offenses.

Drug offenses under Ohio law include:

  • Trafficking in Drugs or Funding Drug Trafficking
  • Possession of Drugs
  • Corrupting Another with Drugs
  • Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments and Drug Paraphernalia
  • Illegal Cultivation and Manufacturing of Drugs 
  • Illegal Assembly or Possession of Chemicals Used for Manufacturing Drugs
  • Permitting Drug Abuse
  • Abusing Harmful Intoxicants
  • Counterfeit Controlled Substances
  • Tampering with Drugs

Individuals with professional occupational licenses face heightened punishment for drug offenses.  Ohio law requires the prosecuting attorney to notify the appropriate state administrative board that regulates the practice of the individuals profession.  This could result in not only punishment for the drug offense from the court, but also discipline from the state administrative board. Discipline could include a reprimand, or a suspension or revocation of the occupational license.


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