Fort Wayne Amphetamine and Methamphetamine Charges Lawyer
Methamphetamines are associated with all forms of abnormal behavior, rapid aging, and destroyed lives. For that reason, the state government of Indiana has passed extremely strict laws criminalizing the possession, sale, and distribution of these substances. If you are caught in possession of methamphetamine, exercise your right to remain silent and immediately ask for an attorney. The Bellinger Law Firm can protect you from substantial charges that diminish your future prospects.
Possession of Amphetamines in Indiana
Unless you have an authorized prescription (which is exceedingly rare but does occur), it is simply illegal to be found in possession of any form of amphetamine. Amphetamines are classified as a Schedule II stimulant meaning that it is only legal for valid medical reasons. Methamphetamine is a form of amphetamine that lasts longer, gets you higher, and has more potential for addiction. Under Indiana law, possession of methamphetamine is always considered a felony. This is a throwback to draconian drug laws that criminalize addiction. Nonetheless, it is what we have to navigate.
Penalties for Possession of Amphetamine and Methamphetamine
- Less than three grams – Is considered a level 6 felony punishable by up to two and a half years behind bars and a $10,000 fine.
- More than three, less than 10 grams – Is considered a level 5 felony punishable by up to six years in state prison with a one-year minimum.
- More than ten, less than 28 – If you are reading this page, you might know that 28 grams is an ounce, likely due to extreme diligence in your science class. It is considered a level-4 felony with a maximum term of 12 years and a statutory minimum of two years.
- More than an ounce – More than an ounce is considered a level-3 felony which has a maximum sentence of 20 years and a minimum of three.
One other note here, if you are found in possession of meth in a “drug free” zone such as by a church, school, or family housing center, the charge is kicked up one degree. So, someone who has less than three grams in their home near a church can be charged with a level-5 felony as opposed to level-6. Fair? No. Because it targets dense spaces in the inner cities, and laws designed to protect the inner city are actually causing it much more harm.
Penalties for Distribution of Methamphetamine
Penalties for sale and distribution of meth are one degree higher than simple possession. So if the police believe you are dealing the meth as opposed to using it for your personal endeavors, they will charge you with a level-5 felony for less than three grams, and then it goes up the ladder from there.
Talk to a Fort Wayne Amphetamine and Methamphetamine Lawyer Today
Indiana does not have the most progressive attitude toward drug infractions. Nonetheless, the law does not want to put victims of the drug trade behind bars. The attorneys at The Bellinger Law Office can help you fight the charges, even if you technically had the meth on you when you were caught. Call today to learn more about how we can help.