Heroin Possession Penalties

Less than one gram

This is a felony of the fifth degree and carries the following penalties:

  • A prison term of six to 12 months
  • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
  • A fine of $2,500
  • Suspension of your driver’s license for sixth months to five years

One to 4.99 grams

This is a felony of the fourth degree and carries the following penalties:

  • A prison term of six to 18 months
  • A fine of $5,000
  • Suspension of your driver’s license for sixth months to five years

Five to 9.99 grams

This is a felony of the third degree and carries the following penalties:

  • A prison term of one to five years
  • A fine of $10,000
  • Suspension of your driver’s license for sixth months to five years after release

Ten to 49.99 grams

This is a felony of the second degree, and carries the following penalties:

  • A prison term of two to eight years
  • A fine of $15,000
  • Suspension of your driver’s license for sixth months to five years after release

50 to 249.99 grams

This is a felony of the first degree, it carries the following penalties:

  • A mandatory prison term of 11 years
  • A fine of $20,000
  • Suspension of your driver’s license for sixth months to five years after release

Two hundred fifty grams or more

This is a felony of the first degree, and if convicted, you will be considered a major drug offender. It carries the following penalties:

  • A mandatory prison term of 11 years
  • A fine of $20,000
  • Suspension of your driver’s license for sixth months to five years after release

The state of Ohio also has drug courts that serve as an alternative to the traditional criminal courts. These courts require defendants to go through a period of intense supervision, much like a very intense probation under the watchful eye of the court. Participants are required to take part in treatment and other rehabilitative programs in order to succeed.