Methamphetamine is an addictive stimulant that strongly activates brain functions. Methamphetamine has some recognized medicinal value, primarily in the treatment of obesity, but its therapeutic use is limited. Methamphetamine is taken orally, by intravenous injection, and by smoking. Federally, methamphetamine is a Schedule II drug, but some states have it listed as a Schedule III drug.

Federal Prosecution
Like most other illicit drugs, methamphetamine use is not typically prosecuted under federal law. However, over recent years, the federal government has shifted considerable attention on the international and domestic methamphetamine trade. This focus is aimed primarily at disrupting domestic manufacturers and distributors.

State Prosecution
States have a wide range of fines and penalties for anything from mere possession to the sale of large quantities. It is important to note that states not only vary as to their penalties, but also as to what quantity and circumstances will trigger these penalties. The following is a breakdown of the parameters of state prosecution:

  • Possession
    • Minimum/Maximum Fine - $1,000-$500,000
    • Minimum/Maximum Jail Time - 4 months-25 years
  • Sale
    • Minimum/Maximum Fine - $5,000-$1,000,000
    • Minimum/Maximum Jail Time - 1 year

Should I Hire an Attorney if I Have Been Accused or Arrested for the Possession or Sale of Methamphetamine?

If you have been accused of or arrested for possessing or selling methamphetamine, you may find the aid of a criminal defense attorney extremely helpful. The advice of an attorney may help both the procedural aspects of criminal prosecution and also to understand better your jurisdiction's attitudes toward this drug and its prosecution.