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Drug Crimes: Meth Distribution


Drug Crimes: Methamphetamine Distribution

Methamphetamine Distribution - Drug Crimes - Attorneys

Methamphetamine:

Methamphetamine, also known as meth, ice, speed, crystal, glass, methylamphetamine, and desoxyephedrine, is a psychostimulant. Methamphetamine increases alertness, concentration, energy, and in high doses, can induce euphoria, enhance self-esteem and increase libido. Methamphetamine has a high potential for abuse and addiction.

Methamphetamine is a Schedule II controlled substance and the production, distribution, sale, and possession of methamphetamine is restricted or illegal.

Methamphetamine Distribution

Second Offense (or Higher, with Use of a Firearm in a Restricted Area)

Utah Code §58-37-8(1)(b)(i), §58-37-8(1)(c) and §58-37-8(4)

Degree

1st degree felony.

Elements

A defendant commits a 1st degree felony distribution of methamphetamine with a firearm, in a restricted area, when they knowingly and intentionally distributes a controlled a controlled or counterfeit substance, or agrees, consents, offers, or arranges to distribute a controlled substance, in a restricted area. And, defendant has been previously convicted of distribution of methamphetamine. And, defendant used, carried, or possessed on his person or in his immediate possession during the commission or in the furtherance of the offense a firearm.

Fine

1st degree felony: A fine not to exceed $10,000, plus a 90% surcharge.
(Utah Code Ann. §76-3-301(1)(a), Utah Code Ann. §51-9-401)

Restitution

The court may order the accused to pay restitution if convicted of this crime.
(Utah Code Ann. §77-38a-301)

Imprisonment

1st degree felony: A term of imprisonment not less than 5 years and which may be for life. And, a term of imprisonment of 1 year to run consecutively and not concurrently; and the court may additionally sentence the defendant to an indeterminate term not to exceed 5 years to run consecutively and not concurrently.
(Utah Code Ann. §76-3-203(1))

Firearms

A defendant convicted of a 1st degree felony methamphetamine distribution may not posses, use or have control of a firearm or ammunition for life.
(Utah Code Ann. §76-10-503, 18 U.S.C. §921-930)

DNA Specimen Analysis

A defendant convicted of a 1st degree felony methamphetamine distribution must provide a DNA specimen.
(Utah Code Ann. §53-10-403(2))

Driver License

Utah's Driver License Division will immediately suspend for 6 months the license of a person upon receiving a record of a conviction for distribution of methamphetamine.
(Utah Code Ann. §53-3-220(c))

Seizure, Forfeiture, Property Rights

Distribution of methamphetamine subjects the defendant seizure and forfeiture in accordance with the procedures and substantive protections of Utah Uniform Forfeiture Procedures Act. This means that defendant's car, land, house, belongings, and money can be seized by the State of Utah.
(Utah Code Ann. §58-37-13)


Other Criminal Charges

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