There is no question that Indiana law punishes drug offenders harshly, and authorities will often seek the maximum sentence for serious drug convictions. The law itself sets out the basis for drug-related sentences, and a specific sentence will depend on the degree of charge issued. Charges are based on the specific criminal activity, as well as the type and amount of controlled substance allegedly involved. To make matters more complicated, there are several factors that can then “enhance” a drug crime sentence even further.
When police make an arrest, they should write a thorough report that accurately details the circumstances of the arrest and any evidence they discovered. Prosecutors will review these reports and determine whether any factors might enhance a sentence for a drug offense. The following factors might result in a higher degree of charges and/or an increased sentence upon a conviction:
When the prosecutor alleges there are enhancing factors surrounding your arrest and offense, you have the opportunity to challenge those factors. Having the right drug crime defense lawyer fighting against enhancements can substantially reduce the sentence you face if you decide to plead guilty or are otherwise convicted.
The legal team at Arshad, Pangere & Warring, LLP, not only defend against initial charges but also any possible enhancing factors alleged by the prosecutor. Contact us as soon as possible if you have been arrested and charged with a crime.
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