While many states are relaxing marijuana laws, in Indiana, possession of marijuana is still a misdemeanor crime in this state. Do you sell? Depending on the weight of the drugs, you can now be facing felony charges.
As with most drug cases, having a shot at reaching a favorable outcome in court is totally dependent on the skills and knowledge of your drug crimes defense lawyer. In addition to costs and inconveniences of probation (in more minor possession cases) and even prison (in more serious dealing cases), collateral consequences come from marijuana convictions. Try getting a federal student loan with a marijuana conviction.
So as long as smoking a plant grown naturally remains illegal in this state (as unnatural as that may seem to many), if you find yourself in trouble due to a marijuana charge, let the Board Certified* lawyers of The Criminal Defense Team help you through this obstacle course of a marijuana charge.
Call The Criminal Defense Team today at (317) 687-8326 to schedule a free initial consultation. This consultation will allow our Indiana marijuana defense attorneys to become better acquainted with your circumstances and to determine the best course of action for your case.
Why You Need a Lawyer
Managing a marijuana charge is no easy task. Between sorting out the nuance of local and federal legislation, dealing with law enforcement, and the stress of a potential misdemeanor or felony, the process can be messy. With The Criminal Defense Team, you can leave all of the heavy lifting to us. Our team of Board Certified* attorneys is ready to provide you with the same excellent legal counsel that we’ve used to serve our clients since our law firm began in 2007.
In addition, we’re committed to handling all communications on each client’s behalf. This means that you will be protected against accidental self-incrimination. You’ll also have the peace of mind that comes with knowing our attorneys are doing everything they can to streamline the legal process.
At The Criminal Defense Team, we know how difficult it can be to deal with a marijuana-related arrest. In a time when these laws are changing, it can be frustrating to have drug-related charges when many surrounding states have chosen to decriminalize or legalize the use of marijuana. When you hire one of our attorneys, you’re trusting us to advocate for your rights.
Why Choose The Criminal Defense Team?
In addition to the many favorable outcomes we’ve delivered to clients over the last fourteen years, The Criminal Defense Team has received national recognition for our criminal defense work. Our six attorneys have a combined 120 years of experience in defending clients. In the state of Indiana, there are 15,000 practicing lawyers. Of this number, only six have been named Board Certified* Criminal Law Specialists. Five of those six lawyers are The Criminal Defense Team attorneys. Not only that, but three of our attorneys have previously served as prosecutors, meaning they’re well-acquainted with the strategies that will be used to prosecute you. Our attorneys believe in fighting for our clients, something we’ve been receiving acclaim for since 2007.
Maxwell B. Wiley, one of our partners, has been defending clients in criminal defense cases since graduating from the McKinney School of Law in 2008. Wiley, who has been a Board Certified* Criminal Trial Specialist since 2018, has also served as a member of the Criminal Justice Act Developmental Panel for the Southern District of the Indiana Federal District Court. His aggressive advocacy and pursuit of excellence have made him one of The Criminal Defense Team’s most valuable attorneys.
Michael R. Auger, our Senior Associate Attorney, is equally dedicated to providing clients with high-quality legal representation. A 2002 graduate of the McKinney School of Law, Auger has served as a defense attorney with several law firms. His experience and attention to detail have made him a valuable asset to the The Criminal Defense Team.
Marijuana Charges in Indiana
While other states have decriminalized or legalized the use of marijuana, in the state of Indiana, marijuana is illegal, even for medicinal use. There is legislation in progress that proposes changes to this policy, but for now, marijuana has not been approved for any use in the state of Indiana. Depending on whether you were in possession of marijuana or were selling it, you may be facing different charges.
In the state of Indiana, those who are in possession of fewer than 30 grams of marijuana will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor unless it is their second offense, in which case, they will be charged with a Level 4 felony. If they are in possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana, they will be charged with a Level 4 felony.
If you are caught selling marijuana, your charges may be more severe. All sales are automatically considered to be Class A misdemeanors. If you are caught selling marijuana within 1000 feet of either a school bus or other school property, you will be charged with a Level 3 felony. If you are caught selling more than 10 pounds of marijuana within 1000 feet of a school bus or school property, are caught selling between 30 grams and 10 pounds to a minor, or have been previously convicted for a crime involving marijuana, you will be charged with a Level 4 felony.
Statistics on Marijuana in Indiana
- According to data from the Indiana University Center for Health Policy, 10.2% of Indiana individuals aged 12 and older used marijuana in 2018.
- An article from the American Civil Liberties Union claims that arrests for marijuana charges made up 45% of all drug-related arrests in Indiana in the year 2019 and that during that same year, Black people were 3.5 times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than white people.
- According to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in 2016, there were 8,953 arrests for the possession of marijuana and 1,190 arrests for the sale of marijuana in the state of Indiana.
If you have questions regarding your marijuana arrest or charge, a few frequently asked questions have been included below for your convenience.
I’ve been arrested on charges of selling/possession of marijuana. What should I do?
If you’ve been arrested, you’re granted the right to remain silent under federal law. You are not obligated to provide law enforcement officers with any information or answer any of their questions so that you might avoid self-incrimination. You also have the right to have an attorney. Call The Criminal Defense Team to schedule a free consultation so that we might better understand your circumstance and determine the best course of action in your marijuana charge case.
How much does it cost to hire an attorney with The Criminal Defense Team?
At The Criminal Defense Team, we provide each client with a confidential case evaluation at no cost to you. This allows us to better understand the charges against you and to determine how to proceed in your case. Should we decide to take on your case, we will charge you a flat fee for our services. This fee is determined by several factors, including the severity of your charges, the damages/injuries/fatalities sustained in your crime, whether any weapons were used, and whether you’ve had previous arrests. You may either pay this fee upfront or through installments if we determine this is the best option for you. At The Criminal Defense Team, you can trust that every dollar you pay us is paying directly for the high-quality legal services we provide.
What’s the difference between hiring an attorney with The Criminal Defense Team and a public defender?
Federal law states that you are entitled to a lawyer. You may either hire a lawyer or ask the state to provide you with an attorney. These state-appointed attorneys are known as public defenders. As with any lawyers, there are good public defense attorneys, and there are bad public defense attorneys. When you allow the state to appoint a lawyer for your case, you’re taking a risk.
When you hire one of the top-rated marijuana attorneys from The Criminal Defense Team, you’re putting your case in capable hands. With many years of experience and a wealth of successful strategies, you can trust that The Criminal Defense Team will provide you with the excellent legal counsel you deserve.
What’s the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?
In the state of Indiana, depending on the nature of the crime for which you were arrested, you may be charged for a misdemeanor or a felony. Misdemeanors are typically less severe charges, with their penalties ranging from 60 days in prison to 1 year in prison. Felonies are typically more severe, with their penalties ranging from 2 years in prison to life in prison.
Need Help? Call The Criminal Defense Team Today
Facing marijuana-related charges can be difficult. In a state like Indiana, where marijuana use legislation is under consideration, it can be stressful to manage a marijuana case amid talk of changes being proposed to the state’s laws. If you or someone you love has been arrested for the sale or possession of marijuana, you know all too well how messy such cases can be.
The Criminal Defense Team is here to help you through this battle. We’ve been defending clients in marijuana cases since 2007, reaching favorable outcomes for many of them over the years. Our top-rated and Board Certified* attorneys are prepared to help you fight for your rights in whatever charges you may face. Call The Criminal Defense Team today at (317) 687-8326 to schedule a free, confidential case evaluation. We’ll put you in contact with one of our attorneys so that you can discuss your situation and determine the best course of action for your defense.