Prosecutor in Indiana charged with marijuana possession

A prosecutor in Indiana was recently charged with marijuana possession, and has since resigned from his position.

Across the country, many states have taken steps to change the penalties associated with marijuana possession. While some states have decriminalized marijuana altogether, others have chosen to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, allowing individuals with prescriptions from a doctor to use the substance.

Thus far, Indiana has yet to take steps to legalize marijuana for any purpose - medicinal or recreational. While it may be difficult for many people to keep up with the changing laws regarding marijuana possession across the country, one individual who should have been familiar with the law was recently arrested for marijuana possession.

A prosecutor in northern Indiana was arrested and charged with marijuana possession. According to police reports, when the prosecutor was approached by a law enforcement officer, he tried to run away. He then threw something out of his pocket. He reportedly told the officer that he had thrown a pipe and marijuana from his pocket. He has since resigned his position as county deputy prosecutor.

Protect your rights when charged with a marijuana crime in Indiana

As Indiana has not legalized marijuana use for any reason, the penalties associated with a marijuana possession conviction in the state can be severe. The potential consequences vary, depending on the amount of the drug found in the individual's possession.

When someone is found with 30 grams of marijuana or less in Indiana, he or she can face misdemeanor charges. Upon a conviction, an individual can face up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.

If someone is found with more than 30 grams of marijuana, felony charges can result. Upon a conviction, an individual can face between six months and three years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

In addition, those convicted of marijuana possession in Indiana will have their driver's license suspended for a period of time.

As in the case of the prosecutor in Indiana, the penalties can be more severe if marijuana paraphernalia - such as a pipe - is also discovered. Upon a first offense, the individual can be fined up to $10,000. Upon subsequent convictions, he or she can face felony charges resulting in a jail sentence of six months to three years and a fine of up to $10,000.

If you are facing marijuana charges in Indiana, you should take action to protect yourself. The consequences from a marijuana crime conviction can be serious and follow you for years to come. Consider talking to a skilled criminal defense attorney, who will make certain a strong defense is established on your behalf.

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