Indiana state laws categorize drug possession as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the substance in question and the amount. The courts enhance penalties for possession within 1,000 feet of a school.
If you face a court date for drug possession, understand the possible penalties for a conviction in Indiana.
Drug possession laws
Possession of fewer than 3 grams of heroin, LSD, ecstasy or another Schedule I drug in a school zone is a Class A felony. It is a Class D felony for possession of fewer than 3 grams outside of a school zone
Possession of more than 3 grams of cocaine or methamphetamine is a Class C felony, elevated to a Class A felony for possession in a school zone. Possession of fewer than 3 grams of cocaine or methamphetamine is a Class D felony. Possession of fewer than 3 grams in a school zone is a Class B felony.
The courts consider the type and amount of alleged substance in determining penalties. Every drug possession charge carries fines up to $10,000 based on the judge’s discretion. A Class A felony charge for cocaine or methamphetamine possession carries a 20-year to a 50-year prison sentence.
Class B felony penalties carry a prison sentence of six to 20 years. Class C felony penalties can result in two to eight years in prison. Class D felony penalties may result in six months to three years in prison, or the judge can opt to downgrade the charge to a misdemeanor.
Some individuals, such as those struggling with substance use disorder, may qualify for probation and treatment programs when facing drug charges.