Current Possession Charges Laws
Criminal possession laws are constantly changing, and the status of certain drugs, such as marijuana possession. Although you may be familiar with certain penalties, you may not know about the latest changes.
What is Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
In the state of Indiana, the law defines drug paraphernalia as items used to:
- Test drugs
The law classifies criminal possession of drug paraphernalia is when a defendant is in possession of a pipe or a needle is used to do the following:
- Smoke marijuana
- Smoke crack cocaine
- Inject controlled substances
Indiana law is very clear that even if the drugs are no longer in a defendant’s system or there is a claim the item such as an injection needle is not theirs, if the drug paraphernalia is in possession they can be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
In the state of Indiana, possession of drug paraphernalia is a citation misdemeanor that comes with the following potential penalties:
- Community service
- Six months in jail
- Court costs
- $1,000 fine
Have You Been Charged with Criminal Possession?
What is the Penalty for Criminal Possession?
In Indiana criminal possession charges could be tries as a misdemeanor or a felony. How the state chooses to prosecute the possession depends on how the states prosecutor interprets the law in regards
- The type of drug involved
- The circumstances of the criminal possession
- “Aggravating circumstances” are considered, such as possessing illegal drugs on school grounds, by a drug treatment center, prior offenses, in the presence of a minor, near public buildings.
Criminal Possession Charges Mean You Need a Criminal Attorney
In the United States it is generally illegal to possess drugs that are on the controlled drug schedules. If you have criminal possession charges, call us at 317-500-4857.