Drug Crime Offenses
Ever since the war on drugs was first declared in 1971, law enforcement and lawmakers have been in a constant struggle to keep drugs off of the streets. While this is a great idea in theory, it doesn’t work quite as well in practice. There are many individuals, for example, who face incredibly harsh penalties for drug offenses – sometimes even more strict and severe than the punishments for things like battery, domestic abuse or assault. With this in mind, you should know that Indiana happens to be especially tough on those who break the laws regarding drugs. And while a relatively recent change in the law has seen reduced penalties for a few drug-related offenses, the overall system still tends to be very unforgiving for these issues.
At Funk & Wendlinger, LLC, our criminal defense attorneys believe that everyone deserves a fair trial and that everyone deserves a chance to live their lives without these extremely harsh penalties facing them.
And make no mistake about it – a drug-related offense in Indiana is a serious matter. In fact, even a minor infraction can land you in jail for the very first offense. Arguably even worse than that, however, is the fact that these offenses can linger on your record for years, haunting you every time that you apply for a job.
Because many drug offenses in Indiana tend to be felonies, it is important that you take a few moments to fully understand the severity of your situation. Some of the consequences that you can expect to experience if convicted of a felony include the following:
- A lengthy prison or jail sentence
- Hefty fines, often tens of thousands of dollars
- A criminal record, which leads to difficulty finding a job
- Increased difficulty when it comes to renting a home or apartment
- The inability to work as a doctor, teacher, lawyer, pharmacist, nurse or financial professional
- The inability to collect federal financial aid, which could significantly hinder your ability to receive a college education
- The loss of your green card or immigration visa, possible deportation, and denial of citizenship should you be a non-U.S. citizen
What kind of legal penalties can I face?
If you are convicted of a drug-related offense, you might face a wide variety of penalties. While we have already talked about things like serving jail time for even small infractions, it is important to note that even things like marijuana possession or use can land you in serious trouble. Some individuals end up with lengthy house arrest and probation sentences.
With the above said, there are, of course, more serious sentences depending upon your exact crime. There are also other factors that can severely increase the punishment you receive. If you were in possession of a firearm when arrested, for example, you will most likely find yourself facing harsher penalties than the already severe punishments you would already be facing. The same is true if you were arrested near a park, a school, a youth center or a family housing complex.
When it comes to drug charges, there is a wide variety of issues from which to choose. While it would be nearly impossible to quickly list every possible option, we will take a look at some of the most common charges you can face. They include the following:
- Marijuana possession
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Possession of methamphetamine
- Possession of narcotics or cocaine
- Dealing marijuana
- Dealing controlled substance
- Dealing methamphetamine
- Dealing narcotics or cocaine
As you might imagine, possession charges are less severe than dealing charges. The difference between the two is that being charged with dealing means that you were knowingly obtaining, packaging and reselling an illegal or controlled substance. Note that location can play a big role in how this kind of charge is punished. If you were caught dealing near a school or playground, or anywhere else where youth are likely to be in great numbers, then you will be in even more trouble for corrupting the youth.
What can I do about my drug charge?
Are you fairly convinced there is no way out of the situation at this point? While you might not be able to avoid all trouble, the fact of the matter is that a drug crime defense attorney who understands the drug laws at work in Indiana may be able to help reduce or eliminate some charges. For more information regarding how we can best help you, contact our office in Schererville by calling 219-865-0002 or sending an email today.