Indiana Fentanyl Drug Crimes Defense Attorneys
If you’ve been charged with or arrested for a drug crime involving fentanyl in Indiana, you’re probably wondering what to do next. An arrest or conviction on your record could have long-term effects on your life aside from any fines and prison time. Once you’ve paid your debt to society, you might find that trying to get a job, housing, or higher education is much more difficult than it was when your record was clean.
The Indiana drug crimes defense attorneys of The Criminal Defense Team include five of Indiana’s six Certified Criminal Law Specialist lawyers. We have the experience and the know-how to vigorously defend your case and attempt to get your charges reduced or dropped, if possible. Don’t deal with this life-altering situation on your own. Call (317) 687-8326 today for help.
What Is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that was originally developed to provide pain management for cancer patients. Prescription fentanyl is sometimes administered to treat patients experiencing extreme pain after surgery and has also been prescribed to chronic pain sufferers who have become tolerant of other opioids. It is up to 100 times more potent than morphine.
Since it is such a powerful drug, fentanyl’s illegal manufacture produces disastrous results. Sometimes, it is added to other drugs, like heroin, to increase potency. Dealers have also been known to disguise pure fentanyl as a very potent form of heroin, which often results in death by overdose. Illegally manufactured fentanyl is cited as a major contributor to the current rise in synthetic opioid overdose deaths.
Fentanyl is sold on the street in the form of a powder, a liquid dispensed in eye droppers or nasal sprays, and as pills made to resemble prescription drugs. Illegal production of fentanyl occurs primarily in Mexico. Street names for fentanyl include Jackpot, Murder 8, Apache, Goodfellas, Friend, Dance Fever, China Girl, China Town, Tango & Cash, and King Ivory.
Indiana law classifies fentanyl in the category of Schedule I. These are drugs with a high potential for abuse. They include opiates and opiate derivatives.
What Is Fentanyl’s Effect on the Body?
Just like other commonly used opioids, fentanyl produces effects, such as:
- Pain relief
- Urinary retention
- Pupillary constriction
- Respiratory depression
Fentanyl and Overdose
Even in small amounts, fentanyl can be deadly. Every day, more than 150 people die from overdoses related to synthetic drugs like fentanyl. It is nearly impossible to detect fentanyl if it is mixed in with another drug. It can’t be smelled, seen, or tasted. Only a fentanyl test strip can detect its presence. Test strips are cheap and work within five minutes. However, take caution because even a negative result does not rule out the presence of an even more potent drug, like carfentanil.
- Eyes that have small “pinpoint pupils”
- The inability to speak or be awakened
- Choking or gurgling sounds
- Breathing that is slow, weak, or has stopped altogether
- A limp body
- Skin that is cold and/or clammy
- Fingernails or lips have a blue or purple color
- Nausea and vomiting
- Low blood pressure
If you believe someone is overdosing, call 911 immediately. If available, administer naloxone (an opioid antagonist). Stay with the person until paramedics arrive. Try to keep the person awake and breathing and lay them on their side to prevent choking.
Do I Need an Attorney?
In their quest to win the “war on drugs,” police often overlook your constitutional rights. One of these bedrock rights is the right to an attorney. If you have been arrested in Indiana for a drug offense or even if you are just being questioned, you need to speak to the Indiana drug crimes defense attorneys of The Criminal Defense Team.
Anything you say in the presence of police can be used against you in a court of law. The context of your words doesn’t matter. A confession said in jest can be just as damaging as a sincere one.
Don’t say anything until you have spoken to a lawyer first.
How Can an Attorney Help Me?
When you are charged with a drug crime, you not only face the possibility of jail time but a variety of other penalties, too. These additional penalties are sometimes called collateral consequences, and the court is not required to make you aware of them.
Collateral consequences can include:
- Loss of Federal Student Aid Eligibility. Even a conviction for a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge makes you ineligible to receive Federal Student Aid. If a student’s federal financial assistance is cut off, their academic plans may be in jeopardy.
- Enhancements on Subsequent Drug Sentences. Your initial conviction for a drug crime will get you a stiffer sentence the next time you are charged. In some cases, misdemeanors can be charged as felonies if new charges are ever filed.
- Loss of Parental Rights. A family law judge may take a drug charge conviction under consideration when evaluating your fitness as a parent. Your ability to gain custody of your children could be threatened.
- Diminished Second Amendment Rights. If you are convicted of a drug-related felony, federal law prohibits you from owning a gun.
What Charges Might I Be Facing?
In Indiana, drug charges range all the way from a Class B misdemeanor to a Level 2 Felony. The Class B misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail with a $1,000 fine, while The Level 2 felony carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Indiana’s most common drug offense is possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana. As a Class A misdemeanor, this offense carries a maximum penalty of 365 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Contact the Drug Crimes Defense Lawyers of The Criminal Defense Team
If you have been arrested for or charged with a crime in Indiana related to fentanyl or any other illegal drug, don’t try to handle it on your own. Call the Indiana fentanyl drug crime defense lawyers of The Criminal Defense Team today at (317) 687-8326 for your free consultation. When you need immediate representation, we can help.