Drug Possession with Intent to Sell

Drug possession with intent to sell is considered a much more serious crime than simple drug possession for personal use. Arguments that prosecutors use to try to make intent to sell a crime beyond a reasonable doubt include the finding of:

  • A large quantity of drugs
  • How the drugs are packaged, in baggies for example
  • A digital scale to measure quantities to distribute
  • Large amounts of cash in small bills

If you are charged with drug possession with intent to sell, you face severe penalties. These can include life in prison and fines of millions of dollars. Your defense by an experienced, aggressive and smart attorney is essential.

Criminal defense attorney David M. Dudley has helped hundreds of clients to have their sentences reduced and sometimes even overturned. Mr. Dudley defends persons accused of state and federal crimes. Drug crimes may be prosecuted at either level. You should contact Mr. Dudley for the best possible defense if you are charged with drug possession with intent to sell. He has won some of his best cases defending clients charged with drug crimes.

Penalties

Federal penalties for drug possession with intent to sell are harsh. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has established a set of minimum and maximum penalties as well as fines for federal trafficking. The DEA assigns punishment for drug trafficking according to:

  • The type of substance
  • The quantity of the substance
  • Whether the offense is a first or second offense
  • What the effect on the buyer was (if the buyer dies, for example, someone found guilty of selling him or her drugs may receive a lifetime sentence)

The substances detailed on the penalty chart include:

  • Any drug containing gamma hydroxybutyric acid
  • Cocaine
  • Cocaine base
  • Fentanyl
  • Fentanyl analogue
  • Flunitrazepam
  • Hashish
  • Hashish oil
  • Heroin
  • LSD
  • Marijuana
  • Marijuana (defined by mixture and number of plants)
  • Methamphetamine
  • PCP

Even lesser charges carry severe sentences.