Protecting Your Future Against Drug Charges
Drug charges can quickly jeopardize your future, from job prospects to housing and education. Time is of the essence in these cases. You need a lawyer as soon as possible to defend your rights and protect your future.
The attorneys at DTurner Legal, LLC, are ready to stand by you and aggressively fight for you throughout your case. The sooner we start working on your defense, the stronger that defense will be and the sooner we can lessen the damage these charges can cause. We have over a decade of combined legal experience representing clients throughout the Indianapolis area in both state and federal court.
The Basics Of Indiana Drug Laws
In Indiana, most drug charges are felony offenses that carry severe penalties and long-lasting repercussions. The drug laws in Indiana closely follow the federal Controlled Substances Act, which designates certain drugs across five schedules, according to their danger to the public. Penalties follow the amount of drug in question and where the drug falls on the schedule, Schedule I drugs having the highest penalties.
Most of the cases we handle involve drug possession or distribution, also known as delivery or trafficking. Other offenses can include:
- Prescription fraud
- Cultivation and manufacturing
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Related weapons charges
We will walk you through your charges to help you understand exactly what the allegations say and what they mean for your case. We will also discuss possible defenses to these charges and how we plan to fight them.
Will You Face Federal Charges?
State and federal drug laws overlap quite a bit, so how do they decide who will bring charges on a drug offense? The federal government often focuses on large-scale operations, including ones that involve drugs coming into the U.S. from another country or transporting the drugs across state lines. They rarely deal with possession charges unless the amount in question triggers a possession with intent to distribute offense.
Do You Qualify For Drug Court?
Many counties in Indiana now use drug courts to process low-level and first-time offenders. Eligibility and requirements depend on the county you live in. Generally, however, you must have a clean record, be over 18 years old and have no other outstanding warrants. These programs provide an alternative to the court system and involve drug treatment, along with other requirements. Successful completion of the program could lead to the court dropping your charges and eventually expunging the arrest from your record. To find out if you qualify for drug court, talk to us.
Wherever Your Drug Charges Lead, We Will Be There
No matter what charges you face or what court oversees your case, our team will be there to guide you and fight for your rights. To find out more, call 317-868-5916 or send us an email to schedule your free initial consultation.