Ohio police responded to a domestic violence call earlier this week and found two bloodied people. Along with the couple, they found a cache of marijuana plants in the home, leading to additional charges.
This report from Ohio.com doesn’t detail how the argument started or what the relationship is between Robert Gibbs and Danielle Riley is, just that when they arrived to the home, Gibbs was backing out of the driveway with a bloodied face and Riley was caught running through backyards with facial injuries.
When the police entered the home they found blood on the porch and the walls. What they didn’t expect to find was nearly 200 marijuana plants.
The plants were in various stages of growth and the police estimated they had a street value of more than $65,000. It is a very good possibility that this discovery is why both parties were caught fleeing from the home when police responded.
Rather than simply facing domestic violence charges, both parties are now looking at very serious cultivating and possession charges. Marijuana is typically the least serious controlled substance to get caught with. That changes, however, when you have 200 plants growing in your home.
Typically, a simple possession charge will only get you a fine and a “minor misdemeanor” charge. However, as the amount in your possession grows to over 100 grams, so too do the potential penalties grow.
With smaller amounts, the courts are more lenient on first time offenders. Having an attorney that knows the local court systems can be beneficial in situations like this. When you call for a consultation we can look at the details of your case together and determine if there is any way to get the charges completely dismissed.