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Federal Penalties for Methamphetamine

Federal Penalties for Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive and dangerous drug. So much so that the federal government has developed harsh penalties for people who commit methamphetamine drug crimes. In fact, the federal penalties for drug crimes are typically much, much worse than state punishments. If you are convicted of a federal drug crime, you are sentenced to serve your time in a federal prison, not state prison or county jail.

Below are the federal penalties you face if you are caught with between five and 49 grams of pure meth or 50 to 499 grams of methamphetamine mixture:

  • First offense — First-time offenders face between five and 40 years in prison. If death or serious bodily injury is involved, you must serve a minimum of 20 years in prison but no more than life. In addition, you face fines of up to $25 million.
  • Second offense — If you are convicted of a second federal meth offense, you face between 10 years and life imprisonment. If death or serious bodily injury occurs during your crime, you are sentenced to life imprisonment. Fines go up to $50 million.

Individuals arrested for more than 500 grams of meth face even harsher penalties and fines. The federal government has deemed methamphetamine a schedule II drug along with PCP and cocaine. If you are arrested for using, selling, possessing or trafficking meth, seek immediate and experienced legal help. A skilled lawyer may be able to have the charges against you reduced or possibly dropped.


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