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Large Amount of Marijuana Not Enough to Prove Dealing Under New Indiana Law

New marijuana laws in Indiana make it harder to prove dealing when a person is arrested with a large amount of marijuana. Effective July 1, 2014, the State must have evidence in addition to the weight of the drug for a person to be convicted of possession, with intent to deal marijuana. Prior to the marijuana law changes, anyone arrested with more than 30 grams of marijuana was at risk of being charged with dealing. Now, mere possession of a large quantity of marijuana is insufficient to sustain a conviction for dealing marijuana.
Indiana Criminal Defense Attorneys: Police Interrogations May be Key in Dealing Cases
In an attempt to gather evidence of dealing, police may be more aggressive in interrogating persons arrested with large quantities of marijuana. If you are arrested for possession of marijuana but make statements about "sharing" with friends, you could face dealing charges.  The presence of a large sum of money, drug packaging (such as baggies), or a ledger listing names and amounts could also be evidence to support a dealing charge. If you are arrested on marijuana charges, it is extremely important to remain silent and exercise your right to an attorney. Police often try to persuade you to waive your right to an attorney at a time when you are vulnerable and intimidated.
5 Things You Should Know About Indiana's New Dealing Marijuana Laws
  1. Dealing or growing marijuana is a Class A misdemeanor.
  2. Possession of a large amount of marijuana is no longer enough to prove dealing.
  3. Dealing marijuana in an amount less than 30 grams is a Level 6 felony if the person has a prior drug offense conviction.
  4. Dealing marijuana in an amount greater than 30 grams is a Level 6 felony.
  5. Dealing marijuana in an amount greater than 30 grams is a Level 5 felony if the person has a prior drug dealing conviction.
  Charged with Dealing Marijuana in Indiana? Call Gibson Law Office
Gibson Law Office has defended marijuana charges for more than 19 years. With offices in Lafayette, Bloomington, and Fort Wayne, our attorneys have a statewide practice.  Our Lafayette criminal attorneys have significant experience defending Purdue students in marijuana dealing charges. Our attorneys are IU almumni and we have an office in Bloomington. If you are charged with dealing marijuana, call us today for a free consultation.