Depending on the nature of the offense, drug charges in Indiana could result in a wide variety of consequences. The penalties associated with the charges are typically determined by the drugs involved, the amount, the severity of any concurrent crimes, prior offenses, and other circumstances that may violate state laws. Like all states, Indiana defines drugs within a list of controlled substances classified in a schedule system according to the health risks and potential for abuse.
Drug charges in Indiana
Generally speaking, possession charges have much less severe penalties than dealing or manufacturing. Simple possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana is considered a class B misdemeanor in Indiana. If it’s a first offense, the defendant may qualify for a conditional discharge, then enter probation to have the judgment deferred and ultimately dismissed as long as there are no future violations. A defendant with prior convictions could be charged with a Level 6 felony for possessing 30 grams or more.
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In Indiana, possessing less than three grams of cocaine or methamphetamine is a Class D felony. The offense elevates to a Class B felony if it occurs within 1000 feet of school property. Over 3 grams elevates to Class C and Class A felonies, respectively.
Possessing heroin, LSD and other Schedule I drugs are considered a Class D felony for less than 3 grams, or a Class B felony if within 1000 feet of a school. Penalties for Class D drug charges include up to $10,000 in fines and up to three years in prison.
The penalties for possessing over 30 grams of marijuana could include up to $5000 in fines and one year behind bars. A conviction for Class B felony narcotics could result in six to 20 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.