Drug Free Zones
The potential sentences for certain drug offenses in Indiana can be increased if committed in a drug free zone. Drug free zones include on a school bus as well as in, on, or within 500 feet of school property or a public park while a person under 18 years of age was reasonably expected to be present. The purpose of the drug free zone enhancement is to protect children from drugs.
In McAlpin v. State, the evidence was insufficient to support the defendant’s conviction for Level 4 felony dealing in methamphetamine because it was not reasonably expected that a person under 18 years of age would be present at a public park which consisted of an outdoor amphitheater but no playground equipment, benches, or shade trees at 10:00 a.m. on a school day. The State presented no evidence that it is common to see children at that park during school hours. The Court of Appeal reduced the conviction to a Level 5 felony.
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