Although the tide seems to be shifting, Indiana is still one of the most
conservative states in the country when it comes to drug laws. The consequences
of a drug crime conviction can vary widely from case by case, and are
based on a number of factors.
If you or someone you love is facing charges for possessing or selling
drugs, call our Indiana drug crime lawyers today at (888) 988-5659.
Factor #1: The Crime
The crime you are convicted of will be a major factor in determining your
sentence. A conviction for possession of a controlled dangerous substance
(CDS) will typically subject you to lower penalties than sale of a CDS,
although this is not always the case. In Indiana, many drug possession
offenses can subject you to a Class A felony charge, the most serious
type of non-murder crime you can be charged with.
Factor #2: The Type of Drug
Indiana divides CDS’ into one of five “schedules,” similar
to how these drugs are classified by the DEA. These schedules start with
Schedule I, or the most addictive and dangerous drugs, down to Schedule
V – drugs that are often readily available at the local pharmacy.
Marijuana and its concentrates are classified separately.
Typically, the penalties you will face will depend on where the drug is
classified. More serious drugs, such as Schedule I and II will subject
you to more serious penalties, while the consequences of a conviction
for Schedule V or marijuana will typically be lower.
Factor #3: The Amount
The amount of the drug in your possession is one of the most influential
factors in determining your sentence. For example, possession of cocaine
under 3 grams is typically a Class C felony – raise the amount to
just over 3 grams, and you could be facing Class A felony charges!
Factor #4: The Circumstances
There are a number of other conditions which can affect the severity of
the sentence. These include, but are certainly not limited to:
- If you were on a school bus
- If you were within 1000 feet of a school, public housing, or youth center
- If you were in possession of a firearm
The penalties for a drug crime conviction are incredibly severe. Contact
our tough, battle-tested Indiana criminal defense attorneys today for a