A second of five defendants has recently been sentenced for the part he played in local drug use. The 58-year-old Iowa resident was charged with misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine and for maintaining a premise for drug use. The other Howard County defendants -- two females and two males -- were arrested after cops searched the home suspected of being used as a place for using drugs. Police allegedly found meth and a number of prescription drugs on the premises during the search.
The 58-year-old was given a $315 fine in addition to two days in the county jail and two years of supervised probation. One of the women pleaded guilty to possession of amitriptyline and meth and received two years of probation and a $315 fine. The conviction will be wiped from her record if she adheres to the rules of her probation.
One of the men pleaded not guilty to gathering in a place where drugs are used and two counts of drug possession. His trial is set for the end of this month. The remaining two accused have not yet entered pleas. They both have been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Iowa residents charged with misdemeanor possession may do well to seek the help of an experienced defense attorney. The penalties and consequences of these charges are governed by statutory law, and a criminal defense lawyer may be able to tell his or her clients how their case might be handled by prosecutors and judges after reviewing the evidence. Once an attorney reviews a case, he or she will be able to offer assistance on how best to fight the charges.