Drug Distribution vs. Trafficking Charges

Receiving a criminal drug charge is a serious situation that can result in severe penalties for the accused. However, some drug charges are worse than others. That’s why you should know the differences between drug distribution and drug trafficking charges.

Drug Distribution Charges

Drug distribution charges typically refer to the illegal sale, delivery, and provision of controlled substances. Therefore, if someone is criminally charged for growing marijuana in their backyard, they could receive criminal penalties that fall in line with drug distribution charges. Additionally, if someone is caught selling personal amounts of weed, they will likely receive criminal distribution penalties.

Now that we’ve covered distribution charged, let’s examine trafficking charges.

Drug Trafficking Charges

Typically speaking, drug trafficking charges refer to the sale or delivery of a certain quantity of a controlled substance. Therefore, drug trafficking charges are a subcategory of drug distribution charges. However, not every distribution charge is a trafficking charge.

A drug trafficking charge typically refers to a criminal case that involves a large number of drugs. If someone is caught selling personal amounts of weed, they won't receive a “trafficking” charge, but a possession with intent to sell charge. However, if someone is trying to sell thousands of dollars’ worth of product, they will likely face a trafficking charge.

Charged with a Drug Crime?

From trafficking to simple possession charges, anyone who’s facing prosecution for a drug crime will want an experienced attorney by their side. If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug crime, the Law Office of John L. Venza Jr. is here to help!

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