Methamphetamine Lawyer in Des Moines, IA
Meth isn’t a safe drug. It does some really awful things to your health. Still, meth abuse is a common problem in Iowa.
While I’m firmly convinced that substance use and abuse should be considered a social issue, with non-stigmatized treatment widely available, we live in a state where meth, while common and harmful, is a criminal issue.
Your outlook if you’re charged with a methamphetamine crime in Iowa isn’t great, especially if you did anything with meth anywhere near children or even in a house where children live. Meth possession has really serious consequences and you need a criminal defense attorney ASAP. Narcotics investigations can have life-changing consequences.
If you have a substance abuse problem, please seek treatment immediately. Getting clean can be the best thing you’ll ever do for yourself and for your loved ones. If you’re potentially facing criminal charges, please retain a narcotics lawyer immediately. Prison time will interfere with your family life and with your ability to get employment that you’re likely to find fulfilling and engaging.
To prove meth possession, the prosecutors need to prove that:
- You had something
- with a detectable amount of meth in it and
- you knew that it had a detectable amount of meth in it
Federal Crime vs. State Crime
Right now, we’re only handling Iowa meth crimes. If you’re facing federal charges, talk to us about the possibility of getting a federal court admission so that we can help you out with that.
If you’re charged with manufacturing methamphetamine in Iowa, the prosecutors will be trying to prove that:
- You manufactured something
- that had a detectable amount of meth in it and
- you knew that what you were making had a detectable amount of meth in it.
Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine
If you’re charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, the prosecutors will be trying to prove that:
- You delivered something or had something and intended to deliver it
- That “something” had a detectable amount of methamphetamine in it
Penalties for Iowa Methamphetamine Crimes
You know by now, I suspect, that this is not gonna be good.
Iowa Code 124.401 is where you want to go look at meth penalties.
If you have over five kilograms of something that contains methamphatamines, amphetamines, or their isomers or salts, that’s a B felony. Usually, B felonies have a max prison term of 25 years, but Iowa 124.401(1)(a)(7) makes your crime special — for this over-5-kilos of meth mix, you’re facing up to 50 years and a fine of up to a million dollars.
If you had more than 5 grams but less than 5 kilograms of meth, that’s also a B felony, but the regular old kind of B felony with a max sentence of up to 25 years (but with a fine of $5000-$100,000 plus surcharges tacked on.)
If you had less than 5 grams of meth or less than 5 grams of amphetamine, this is now a C felony, for which you get up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $1,000-$50,000.
The best you can hope for with a meth conviction is a jail sentence of 48 hours (which can be suspended) with probation.
If we can’t get your charges dismissed or reduced, ask whether you might be eligible for a deferred judgment.
Iowa Meth Crimes Enhanced Penalties
Like all drug crimes, there are some things that can make your methamphetamine charges worse. If any of these things apply to your case, your case is more serious than it otherwise would have been:
- You’re charged with possessing a lot of meth. The more methamphetamine you allegedly had, the worse your situation is.
- There was a gun or another “offensive weapon” close by
- What they’re alleging you did happened
- In or near a school,
- on a schoolbus, or
- in or near a public park, swimming pool, or rec center
- You allegedly manufactured meth, salts, isomers, or salts of isomers
- when a child (a minor) was physically present
- where a kid lives
- in a building where kids can reasonably be expected to be present
- in a hotel room
- in a “multiple unit residential building,” like an apartment building or a duplex.
- You have prior convictions — especially prior felonies
- You’re currently on probation or parole.
We can help you figure out what to do about your meth crime charges in Des Moines, Polk County, Ankeny, Ames, Johnston, West Des Moines, Waukee, Saylorville, Bondurant, Altoona, Clive, Grimes, Pleasant Hill, Story County, Boone County, Marshall County, Dallas County, Jasper County, Madison County, Warren County, Marion County, Wapello County, Davis County, Ottumwa, Bloomfield, Iowa City, Council Bluffs, and the rest of Iowa.
This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be relied on as legal advice. Consult with a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction. Reading this site doesn’t create an attorney-client relationship. If you want to talk to us about representing you when you’re facing charges for a methamphetamine crime in Iowa, please contact us at (515) 491 6128 and we’ll set up a time to talk.