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3 facts about drug possession

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2024 | Drug Charges |

Drug possession is a complex facet of the law. For those facing accusations, it can help to learn more about the law.

Here are several drug possession facts that can help people understand more about the laws on drug possession in Indiana: 

Fact 1: Drug possession can lead to severe fines and incarceration

In Indiana, drug possession can lead to severe criminal punishments. Those convicted for possessing, manufacturing or distributing illicit substances can face up to 50 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. A criminal charge can also lead to license suspension, revoked child custody and lost education benefits. 

Fact 2: The drugs don’t have to be yours 

Many people are charged with constructive drug possession. Constructive drug possession essentially means that someone had reasonable access to illicit substances and was aware of the drug. This can mean that people who are in the wrong place at the wrong time can face criminal charges.

Fact 3: Drug categories, drug quantity and previous convictions can worsen charges

Many factors are considered before charging a suspect for drug possession. One of these factors is the severity of a drug. Drugs are categorized into schedules. The higher the schedule of a drug, the harsher the potential punishments.

Furthermore, the quantity of drugs can lead to worse charges, especially if it is believed that a large quantity of substances are being trafficked. And, a previous conviction may also increase repercussions since it may be believed that previous punishments were not harsh enough to deter criminal activities.

Those facing criminal charges for drug possession can reach out for legal help to learn more. 


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