Indiana has some of the harshest drug laws in the nation, and individuals
who are caught
selling or in possession of a controlled substance are subject to some extremely severe penalties. It is for this reason
that it is incredibly important to secure representation from a tough,
battle-tested Indiana criminal defense lawyer who can fight for your rights
Many people consider simple drug possession to be a “victimless”
crime, and state lawmakers have recently taken action to drastically reduce
the penalties for drug offenders. However, the penalties are still quite
harsh compared to other states. The exact charges you will face will depend
on the drug in question, as well as the amount that was in your possession.
- Less than 5 grams of cocaine: Level 6 felony
- More than 5, but less than 10 grams: Level 5 felony
- More than 10, but less than 28 grams: Level 4 felony
- More than 28 grams: Level 3 felony
Furthermore, the charges you face can be increased if there were certain
enhancing circumstances – for example, if you have a prior conviction
for a drug crime, or if you were caught in possession while in a school
zone or park.
Sale of Drugs
Although drug possession penalties are harsh, the consequences for selling
drugs are even more severe. Depending on the type of drug, as well as
the amount you sold (or planned to sell), you could potentially face more
than 30 years in prison. Sale of a Schedule I or II drug such as cocaine
will automatically be at least a Level 5 felony with up to six years in
prison, but the penalties will increase drastically if you have more than one gram.
Indiana Marijuana Laws
There are specific laws in place which address marijuana, although they
are very similar to standard drug laws. Essentially, the penalties you
will face for marijuana possession or sale will be dependent on the amount
of the drug in your possession. Crimes involving marijuana concentrates
like hash or oils will also fall under Indiana’s marijuana laws,
although there are special “threshold” amounts for these substances.
If you’re facing drug charges, make sure your case is in the right
hands. Call our Certified Criminal Law Specialists at (888) 988-5659.