Indiana has harsh laws when it comes to illegal drugs. Many different drugs are considered to be controlled substances, including numerous prescription drugs. If you are suspected of possessing, manufacturing, or distributing “street” drugs or prescription drugs without a valid prescription, you can be arrested on the spot and charged with serious criminal offenses.
A conviction for a drug offense can impact your life in many ways, and you can experience the negative consequences for years. The criminal justice system does not favor defendants, and many people are not aware of their many rights and options in a criminal case. Do not rely on the prosecutor to help you – instead, you should contact the legal team at Arshad, Pangere & Warring, LLP right away. The prosecution will aggressively seek a conviction, so you need an aggressive Crown Point drug crimes defense lawyer fighting for you.
There are different criminal offenses relating to illegal drugs in Indiana. Some common offenses include:
The degree of charges that may apply to drug offenses vary greatly in Indiana, often depending on the type of drug, the amount of the drug in question, and the specific conduct alleged. For example, possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana is a Class B misdemeanor. On the other hand, dealing at least ten grams of cocaine or another narcotic is a Level 2 felony.
The possible penalties you face will largely depend on the degree of the charge against you, and some maximum penalties are as follows:
Sentences can increase if you have prior drug-related convictions or if there are enhancing circumstances alleged by the prosecutor.
In addition to imprisonment and fines, drug convictions can have lasting effects on your life, including making it difficult to find a job or a place to live. Criminal convictions can affect your public benefits, immigration status, professional license, military status, security clearance, and much more. It is critical to prevent a conviction on your record whenever you can, so you should always have an experienced drug crime defense attorney handling your case.
After an arrest for any type of drug-related offense, consult with the law firm of Arshad, Pangere & Warring, LLP. Our Crown Point drug crime defense attorneys stand up for the rights of clients facing drug charges, so please contact us today for more information.
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