The police state that I was intending to distribute the drugs that were found in my possession. They were for my own personal use – what is the difference?
The difference in punishment and penalties for drug possession and drug possession with intent to deliver are enormous. Frequently individuals possessing drugs for personal use are accused by law enforcement of the intent to sell or distribute drugs. The potential consequences of being charged with drug possession with the intent to deliver or sell drugs are very serious.
Based on the type of drugs you possess and based on the quantity of the drug or drugs you possess will determine your penalties, consequences and punishment. Often times police and prosecutors will attempt to “bump up” a charge of drug possession to possession with intent to distribute. The consequences for selling, delivering, manufacturing and / or distributing drugs are far greater than possession of drugs.
You can learn more about drug scheduling and classification here.
You can learn more about drug trafficking penalties here.
The difference in these charges can be life changing. For example, possession of small amount of marijuana is usually charged as a misdemeanor, whereas – the possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute it can leads to huge fines and jail time.
If you were in possession of drugs that were meant for personal use, but police and law enforcement are making accusations that you intended to distribute this drug, it is imperative that you have an experienced and skilled drug crime attorney at your side. Do NOT speak to the police. You have the right to not talk to the police without the presence of an attorney on your side. Call or email us today for a free consultation and case review.
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