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Illegal Possession of Chemicals

“Illegal possession of chemicals” refers to a law, passed in 2002, that prohibits the production of drugs or possession of chemicals that are used to produce drugs.

Specifically, this law was passed to target the manufacture of methamphetamine, so penalties for that drug are harsher than for others. It can be used against any drug listed under “controlled substances,” [PDF] though.

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If you’ve been charged with illegal possession of chemicals, it’s important to know what you’re up against. If you have any questions left unanswered by this page, or if you need a competent, experienced attorney to fight for you in court, please contact us at or via email at advice@columbuscriminalattorney.com.

This is a felony of the third degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of one to five years
  • A fine of $5,000 to $10,000
  • Possible suspension of your driver’s license
    • A chance at receiving limited driving privileges, for going to work and other pre-approved purposes, at the judge’s discretion
  • Possible suspension or revocation of your professional license
This is a felony of the third degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A probable prison term of one to five years
  • A fine of $5,000 to $10,000
  • Possible suspension of your driver’s license
    • A chance at receiving limited driving privileges, for going to work and other pre-approved purposes, at the judge’s discretion
  • Possible suspension or revocation of your professional license
This is a felony of the third degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A mandatory prison term of two to five years
    • If one of those prior offenses was for drug production or cultivation or endangering children by allowing them to be near a drug production or cultivation facility, your prison term will be five years
  • A fine of $5,000 to $10,000
  • Possible suspension of your driver’s license
    • A chance at receiving limited driving privileges, for going to work and other pre-approved purposes, at the judge’s discretion
  • Possible suspension or revocation of your professional license
This is a felony of the second degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of two to eight years
  • A fine of $7,500 to $15,000
  • Possible suspension of your driver’s license 
    • A chance at receiving limited driving privileges, for going to work and other pre-approved purposes, at the judge’s discretion
  • Possible suspension or revocation of your professional license
This is a felony of the second degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A mandatory prison term of three to eight years
  • A fine of $7,500 to $15,000
  • Possible suspension of your driver’s license 
    • A chance at receiving limited driving privileges, for going to work and other pre-approved purposes, at the judge’s discretion
  • Possible suspension or revocation of your professional license
Have a question we didn’t answer below? Feel free to email us or call us and we’ll help you out.

Yes, you can! The law says that you can do this either two years after your license was suspended or two years after you get out of jail/prison, whichever comes later.
No, you only need to possess or assemble one chemical involved with the production of a controlled substance to be charged with illegal possession of chemicals.
That depends on the circumstances. An experienced criminal defense attorney will be able to advise you on how best to handle the hearing for your professional license suspension/revocation.

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