Legal Sanctions

Legal sanctions

There are criminal penalties that can be imposed by state or federal statute for violations related to alcohol or illegal drug possession, use, sale, manufacturing, or distribution. Conviction under these laws can result in fines, confiscation of automobiles and other property, loss of one’s driver’s license, and imprisonment. In addition, licenses to practice in certain professions may be revoked, and many employment opportunities may be barred.

The following are among the lengthy list of alcohol- and drug-related state and federal crimes and penalties:

  • In Indiana, any person under 21 who possesses an alcoholic beverage, and any person who provides alcohol to such a person, is at risk of arrest. 
  • Any person who is intoxicated in public risks arrest. 
  • A person convicted of driving while intoxicated may be punished by fine, be jailed, and lose his or her driver's license. 
  • Any selling of alcoholic beverages without a license is illegal. 

Possession, use, distribution, or manufacture of controlled substances (drugs) illegally can result in arrest and conviction of a drug law violation and:

  • Fines up to $10,000 (Indiana)
  • Fines up to $10 million for a first offense (federal)
  • Imprisonment up to 50 years (Indiana)
  • Imprisonment up to life (federal)
  • Confiscation of property