Felony Drug Possession

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Felony Drug Possession Attorney in Athens & Lancaster


Being under investigation or being arrested and charged with drug possession can disrupt every aspect of your life, particularly when the case rises to the level of a felony. You need an attorney on your side who is dedicated to protecting your interests and minimizing the impact that trafficking or felony possession charges can have on you.

I am here to help you aggressively fight these charges. I am a criminal defense attorney with more than 25 years of experience defending clients in Lancaster and Athens against all types of drug crime charges. I am dedicated to helping people throughout every step of the process.


Under Ohio law, both the amount and the type of drug (Schedule I, II, III, IV or V) determine the level of severity of a drug possession charge. A possession charge can range from misdemeanor possession of marijuana to felony charges for other drugs. A person can be charged with felony possession if he or she possesses any Schedule I or II substance or more than bulk for a Schedule III, IV or V narcotic. 

Additionally, possession or trafficking in the vicinity of a school or juvenile can also lead to enhanced penalties.

A person can be charged with felony possession if he or she possesses 10 grams or 25 unit-doses of any substance that contains a Schedule I opiate or contains cocaine.

I routinely handle felony possession and drug trafficking cases involving:

  • Marijuana (charge will be a felony if you were found with more than 200 grams at the time of your arrest)
  • Crack
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine (meth)
  • Prescription drugs
  • LSD
  • Heroin

Representing Ohio University Students in Felony Drug Cases

I also have an office in Athens where I represent Ohio University students. Possession of a controlled substance, aggravated possession of drugs and related charges are quite common for college students. I take criminal defense for college students seriously, and I will do everything I can to help you keep one mistake from damaging your future.

As your lawyer, I know it is imperative to carefully look into the circumstances of the stop or the grounds used to obtain a warrant for a search. I will look into every detail to see if there are any civil rights violations that have occurred that may lead to evidence being thrown out and charges being reduced, dismissed or may aid in a plea or a not guilty verdict.

I use this same approach in drug trafficking cases. Whether you are faced with trafficking across the state, across state lines or across borders into another county, I will look into every aspect of your case to make sure you are treated fairly, and I will work hard to get you the best result possible.


In addition to defending you against alcohol charges or other charges you might be facing, I can help you get things back on track. I can help you find the right alcohol or drug treatment facility or mental health care center, or other resource you might need. This can help you get things straightened out in your life, and in many cases this approach is helpful in the criminal case, as well.

What Clients Are Saying

  • “Mr. Stevenson cared about our son as a person. He listened. He was available, responsive and kept us informed.”

  • “The most professional in communication, often going above to satisfy our schedules and location of residence.”

  • “Ability to successfully negotiate has eliminated many courtroom hours, while his ability as a trial lawyer wins cases.”

  • “Respectful, dedicated and trustworthy. Andrew was extremely helpful in resolving a legal issue of mine.”

  • “He kept me well informed of the progress with my case and quickly responded to any questions I had.”

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