Ohio Illegal Conveyance of Drugs or Weapons into a Detention Facility Lawyer

Our office has represented numerous individuals charged with bringing in drugs, weapons, and other prohibited items onto the grounds of the two prisons located within Warren County-Lebanon Correctional Institution and Warren Correctional Institution. The presence of these institutions makes Warren County one of only four counties in Ohio to have two prisons within its jurisdiction. At Rittgers & Rittgers, our criminal defense attorneys have years of experience and success representing people accused this charge.

Ohio Illegal Conveyance Law

Ohio Revised Code § 2921.36 outlines a number of items that are prohibited to take onto the grounds of a detention facility or of an institution, office building, or other place that is under the control of the department of mental health and addiction services, the department of developmental disabilities, the department of youth services, or the department of rehabilitation and correction. The law also prohibits conveying or attempting to convey these items to an inmate of one of those listed facilities. These items include, among other things, any deadly weapon, drug of abuse, or intoxicating liquor. The law also prohibits giving certain items to an inmate who is out on work release, including cash or cellular phones.

Illegal Conveyance Penalties

The penalties for violating this law depend on the item. If the item is drugs or a deadly weapon then the offense is a third degree felony carrying the possibility of nine to 36 months in prison. Additionally, if the individual who takes or conveys drugs or a deadly weapon is an employee of the department of rehabilitation and correction, such as a corrections officer, then he or she must be sentenced to a mandatory prison term within that nine to 36 month range. Taking or conveying alcohol is a second degree misdemeanor which carries the possibility of up to 90 days in jail.