Methamphetamine, also known simply as meth, is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance due to its high potential for addiction. It’s an illicit substance prohibited in all U.S. states, including Indiana, for good reasons. While the substance is a powerful stimulant that induces euphoria, it can lead to adverse effects such as irregular heartbeats, poor oral health, brain degradation and even death.
It’s a serious offense to possess and deal meth in Indiana. Even for the most minor amounts of the substance, an offender immediately faces felony criminal penalties on conviction.
Possession of meth
Under state law, it’s illegal for anyone without a valid prescription to possess methamphetamine, whether pure or adulterated. Possession of meth is typically a Level 6 felony, which carries up to a year and a half of prison time and $10,000 in fines. However, the penalties increase if the offender has at least five grams of the substance:
- At least five grams but less than 10 grams: The offense is a Level 5 felony, punishable by up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
- At least 10 grams but less than 28 grams: The offense is a Level 4 felony, punishable by up to 12 years in prison.
- At least 28 grams: The offense is a Level 3 felony, punishable by up to 16 years in prison.
Any “enhancing circumstances” (i.e., prior convictions, offense committed with a firearm, offense committed near a school or public park) can enhance an offense to the next criminal grade.
Dealing in meth
Indiana also prohibits persons from delivering or financing the delivery of meth. A violation of the law is normally a Level 5 felony, but the criminal grade can increase depending on the amount of substance involved in the offense.
- The amount is at least one gram, less than five grams: The offense is a Level 4 felony, punishable by up to 12 years in prison.
- The amount is at least five grams, less than 10 grams: The offense is a Level 3 felony, punishable by up to 16 years in prison.
- The amount is at least 10 grams: The offense is a Level 2 felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
Just with the crime of possession, any enhancing circumstances can upgrade a dealing offense.
Indiana’s drug laws aim to reduce methamphetamine abuse by imposing strict penalties. If you’re involved in a meth-related legal matter, consider reaching out to a qualified legal professional promptly for assistance.