Did you get arrested for dealing drugs? Are you facing a possible prison sentence if convicted of the crime? Are you unsure of the steps you should take next to defend yourself against these charges? If so, contact The Criminal Defense Team to discuss your case and determine your legal options.
A person accused of dealing illegal drugs, as opposed to merely possessing drugs, is typically facing far more severe consequences in Indiana. Therefore, your attorney had better know how to defend a person accused of dealing illegal drugs effectively.
Our firm has successfully defended those accused of the most serious drug dealing charges, including winning jury trials for clients facing decades in prison who were on videotape allegedly dealing, as well as those accused of lower-level dealing cases.
Over the years, the Indiana drug dealing defense attorneys with The Criminal Defense Team have developed the expertise to know what to look for in “buy” videos and how to pick apart the activities and testimony of confidential informants. It takes years of experience to know what to look for to provide the most effective and strategic defense for someone accused of dealing.
For a free consultation and to learn more about our services and how we can help you, call The Criminal Defense Team at (317) 687-8326 right now.
The Indiana drug dealing defense lawyers of The Criminal Defense Team have over 120 years of combined experience providing comprehensive legal services to Indiana clients. We understand the stressful process of defending yourself against drug charges. It can be overwhelming and confusing for you and your family. You likely don’t understand the uphill battle you’re facing and how complex a case like this really is. Instead of hiring an inexperienced attorney or using an overworked public defender, you should have someone in your corner who will fight hard for your freedom.
At The Criminal Defense Team, our legal team knows exactly how dark your future could be. You could end up in prison if we don’t utilize the most effective defense strategy possible. When you hire us, we will immediately get to work and create a plan that could work to your benefit. We want to find a way to get the charges dropped, or your entire case dismissed. If necessary, we may be able to negotiate a plea deal with the prosecutor depending on the circumstances associated with the offense.
Our Indiana drug dealing defense lawyers are available 24/7 to speak with you. We aim to provide dependable customer service no matter what. We will treat you as a priority from start to finish of your case. You can count on our team to be on your side and fight for your rights until the very end. We will not abandon you during your time of need. You will receive the personalized one-on-one attention you deserve while we resolve your case.
Indiana Crimes Involving Dealing Drugs
Various offenses involving illegal drugs could occur in Indiana. State laws define the actions a person might take that could result in a felony or misdemeanor charge.
Indiana code 35-48-4-1 defines a dealer of cocaine or narcotic drugs as someone who intentionally or knowingly:
- Manufactures, delivers, or finances the manufacture or delivery of pure or adulterated cocaine or narcotic drugs classified as a Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substance; or
- Possesses adulterated or pure cocaine or narcotic drugs classified as a Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substance with the intent to manufacture, deliver, or finance to manufacture or deliver.
Indiana code 35-48-4-1.1 defines a dealer in methamphetamine as someone who knowingly or intentionally:
- Delivers or finances the delivery of pure or adulterated methamphetamine; or
- Possesses adulterated or pure methamphetamine with the intent to deliver or finance the delivery of the drug.
Indiana code 35-48-4-10 defines a dealer of marijuana, hash oil, hashish, or salvia as a person who knowingly or intentionally:
- Manufactures, finances the manufacture of, delivers, or finances the delivery of hashish, salvia, marijuana, or hash oil in pure or adulterated form; or
- Possesses adulterated or pure marijuana, hashish, salvia, or hash oil with the intent to manufacture, deliver, or finance the manufacture or delivery of the drug.
Indiana code 35-48-4-2 defines a dealer of a Schedule I, II, or III controlled substance or controlled substance analog as someone who intentionally or knowingly:
- Manufactures, delivers, or finances the manufacture or delivery of a pure or adulterated Schedule II controlled substance or analog, except marijuana, hashish, salvia, or hash oil;
- Manufactures, delivers, or finances the delivery or manufacturing of a Schedule II or III pure or adulterated controlled substance or controlled substance analog; or
- Possesses a controlled substance or controlled substance analog with the intent to manufacture, finance the manufacture of, deliver, or finance the delivery of the drug.
Indiana code 35-48-4-3 defines a dealer of a Schedule IV controlled substance or controlled substance analog as a person who knowingly or intentionally:
- Manufactures, delivers, or finances the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance or analog classified as a Schedule IV drug and is in adulterated or pure form;
- Possesses a pure or adulterated Schedule IV controlled substance or controlled substance analog with the intent to deliver or manufacture it.
Indiana code 35-48-4-4 defines a dealer of a Schedule V controlled substance or controlled substance analog as someone who intentionally or knowingly:
- Delivers, manufactures, or finances the delivery or manufacture of a Schedule V pure or adulterated controlled substance or controlled substance analog; or
- Possesses a pure or adulterated controlled substance or controlled substance analog classified as a Schedule V drug with the intent to manufacture, finance the manufacture of, deliver, or finance the delivery of the substance.
Indiana code 35-48-4-8.5 defines a dealer of paraphernalia as a person who keeps for sale, finances the delivery of, delivers, or offers for sale a device, raw material, instrument, or another object marketed, designed, or intended for use in:
- Testing the purity, strength, or effectiveness of hash oil, marijuana, hashish, a synthetic drug, salvia, or controlled substance;
- Inhaling, ingesting, or introducing a synthetic drug, hashish, marijuana, salvia, hash oil, or controlled substance into the human body;
- Compounding, producing, manufacturing, preparing, converting, or processing hash oil, a synthetic drug, hashish, salvia, or marijuana;
- Enhancing a controlled substance’s effects;
- Adulterating or diluting hashish, a controlled substance, salvia, marijuana, hash oil, or synthetic drug; or
- A purpose described or announced by the seller that violates this code.
Dealing drugs is a serious crime that comes with harsh penalties in Indiana. The prison term and fine you face will depend on the circumstances of the crime, the sentencing guideline, and whether any aggravating or mitigating factors exist.
DEA Drug Scheduling
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) categorizes different controlled substances based on their potency, dependency potential, and potential for abuse. The five categories or schedules are:
Schedule I – Chemicals, drugs, or substances with a high potential for abuse. Examples include:
- Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)
Schedule II – Drugs, substances, or chemicals with a high potential for abuse and potentially severe physical or psychological dependence. Some examples are:
Schedule III – Substances, chemicals, or drugs with a moderate to low potential for psychological and physical dependence. The potential for abuse is greater than Schedule IV drugs but less than Schedule I and II. Common examples include:
- Tylenol with codeine
- Anabolic steroids
Schedule IV – Drugs, chemicals, or substances, with a low potential for dependence and abuse. Examples are:
Schedule V – Substances, drugs, or chemicals with lower abuse potential than Schedule IV. These consist of preparations that contain minimal quantities of specific narcotics. Some examples include:
- Robitussin AC
Indiana Sentencing for Dealing Drugs
Like many states, Indiana courts use sentencing guidelines to determine the appropriate fine or imprisonment period to issue to a convicted offender. There’s an advisory sentence a judge might consider as a starting point and then enhance or minimize the prison time based on multiple factors associated with the case.
|Level/Class||Sentencing Guideline||Advisory Sentence||Maximum Fine|
|Level 1 felony||20 to 40 years||30 years||$10,000|
|Level 2 felony||10 to 30 years||17 ½ years||10,000|
|Level 3 felony||3 to 16 years||9 years||$10,000|
|Level 4 felony||2 to 12 years||6 years||$10,000|
|Level 5 felony||1 to 6 years||3 years||$10,000|
|Level 6 felony||6 months to 2 ½ years||1 year||$10,000|
|Class A misdemeanor||0 to 365 days||None||$5,000|
|Class B misdemeanor||0 to 180 days||None||$1,000|
|Class C misdemeanor||0 to 60 days||None||$500|
Sentences could increase if there’s a specific amount of drugs involved in the crime. For example, dealing in cocaine or narcotic drugs is typically a level 5 felony. However, if the offense involves at least 10 grams, it could be considered a level 2 felony instead.
Additionally, the court might refer to any mitigating or aggravating circumstances involved. Factors associated with the crime you allegedly committed could help or hurt your case.
The Criminal Defense Team can review the details of your case to determine the possible punishment and whether it could involve enhanced or reduced sentencing.
Contact The Criminal Defense Team Today
At The Criminal Defense Team, we understand how scary it can be when you’re facing a felony charge of dealing drugs. You can’t predict how your trial will go or if a judge would even consider dismissing your case entirely. Our Indiana drug dealing defense lawyers can choose a legal strategy that’s best for your particular situation and get to work on building your case. We can never guarantee an outcome but always work toward the most favorable one. We aim to meet your needs and achieve your goals.
We have the resources, experience, and skills to handle any criminal defense case, big or small, effectively. You won’t be just another number to us. We genuinely care about our clients and will remain by your side throughout the entire process. You can feel confident knowing you have capable and dedicated attorneys in your corner fighting for your freedom.
If you were arrested or charged with dealing drugs and want to discuss your case with The Criminal Defense Team, call us at (317) 687-8326. One of our Indiana drug dealing defense lawyers will be happy to meet with you for a free consultation to review the circumstances of your case and determine how we can help.