Meth

Methamphetamine charges are serious business. The Iowa legislature has reserved the toughest drug laws for persons charged with possessing, possessing with the intent to deliver, delivering and manufacturing methamphetamine (collectively "Trafficking"). Methamphetamine charges generally carry mandatory prison sentences and hefty fines.

Often prosecutors overcharge drug cases. Your possession of meth may simply have been for personal use but your methamphetamine charges are for trafficking. Perhaps, the search of your home or vehicle was unconstitutional. Maybe you were high when you were interrogated and your statements were not voluntary. Whatever the facts and circumstances of your case let us help you. Felony methamphetamine charges at both the state and federal level carry anywhere from 5 years to life in prison.  You need a skilled drug defense attorney.  Nick Sarcone and Dean Stowers are skilled state and federal drug defense attorneys.  If you are facing methamphetamine charges we will fight for you!  Call now!  1-866-959-1190

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Some of the Iowa Code Sections governing Methamphetamine crimes are listed below:

  • IOWA CODE SECTION 124.401 – METHAMPHETAMINE

1. Except as authorized by this chapter, it is unlawful for any person to manufacture, deliver, or possess with the intent to manufacture or deliver, a controlled substance, a counterfeit substance, or a simulated controlled substance, or to act with, enter into a common scheme or design with, or conspire with one or more other persons to manufacture, deliver, or possess with the intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, a counterfeit substance, or a simulated controlled substance.

a. Violation of this subsection, with respect to the following controlled substances, counterfeit substances, or simulated controlled substances is a class "B" felony, and notwithstanding section 902.9, subsection 1, paragraph "b", shall be punished by confinement for no more than fifty years and a fine of not more than one million dollars:

More than five kilograms of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of any of the following:

  • Methamphetamine, its salts, isomers, or salts of isomers.
  • Amphetamine, its salts, isomers, and salts of isomers.
  • Any compound, mixture, or preparation which contains any quantity of any of the substances referred to in subparagraph divisions (a) and (b).

b. Violation of this subsection with respect to the following controlled substances, counterfeit substances, or simulated controlled substances is a class "B" felony, and in addition to the provisions of section 902.9, subsection 1, paragraph "b", shall be punished by a fine of not less than five thousand dollars nor more than one hundred thousand dollars:

More than five grams but not more than five kilograms of methamphetamine, its salts, isomers, or salts of isomers, or analogs of methamphetamine, or any compound, mixture, or preparation which contains any quantity or detectable amount of methamphetamine, its salts, isomers, or salts of isomers, or analogs of methamphetamine.

c. Violation of this subsection with respect to the following controlled substances, counterfeit substances, or simulated controlled substances is a class "C" felony, and in addition to the provisions of section 902.9, subsection 1, paragraph "d", shall be punished by a fine of not less than one thousand dollars nor more than fifty thousand dollars:

Five grams or less of methamphetamine, its salts, isomers, or salts of isomers, or analogs of methamphetamine, or any compound, mixture, or preparation which contains any quantity or detectable amount of methamphetamine, its salts, isomers, or salts of isomers, or analogs of methamphetamine.

In addition to these stiff penalties, persons convicted under 124.401(a)&(b) are ineligible for deferred judgments and suspended sentences, meaning that prison is mandatory.  Iowa Code Section 907.3.  And all persons convicted of drug trafficking no matter the drug type face a mandatory minimum if sentenced to prison.  Iowa Code Section 124.413.

Other enhanced punishments for methamphetamine crimes include:

  • 5 additional years for Manufacturing in the presence of minors. Iowa Code Section 124.401C.
  • A 99 year sentence (mandatory minimum 10 Years) for conspiracy to manufacture for delivery, delivery, intent to deliver or conspiracy to deliver meth to a minor. Iowa Code Sections 124.401D, 902.8A & 902.9.

Meth charges should not be taken lightly.  Call us immediately to discuss how we can help you get the best possible outcome on your case. If you are charged federally, it is even more important you call.   For more information on federal drug crimes click here. For more on how we approach a case click here. CALL NOW! 1-866-959-1190