Penalties for conviction of drug possession depend on the type and quantity of the drug in possession. In Indiana, even if you’re charged with crimes involving marijuana, drug crimes are accompanied by harsh legal penalties. Regardless of the severity of your charge, it’s vital to hire an experienced criminal law attorney.
Under Indiana law, an arrest for possession of one marijuana joint can be charged as a Class A misdemeanor. The judge can sentence you for up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine. The quantity involved with marijuana possession for a Class A misdemeanor is 30 grams or less. Courts can consider a conditional discharge for a first-time offender, but that is left to the judge’s discretion. Sale to a minor is also an aggravating factor that can increase potential penalties for marijuana sale or cultivation, making it a felony with incarceration of six months to three years.
For possession of 30 grams or more, you face misdemeanor or felony charges with incarceration ranging from six months to three years and a $10,000 fine. When you are involved in marijuana sale or cultivation for amounts that are 10 pounds or more, authorities will charge you with a felony — and potential penalties increase to incarceration from two to eight years. Possession of paraphernalia is not nearly as serious for a first offense and is subject to a civil fine of up to $10,000, with no penalty of incarceration.
When charged with a drug crime in Indiana, an experienced Fort Wayne drug charges lawyer can explain the charges, stand up for your rights, devise an effective case strategy and fight on your behalf.
The Law Offices of Ryan E. Lackey is committed to seeking reduced charges or case dismissal for our clients.