Drug charges are serious offenses that can result in severe penalties for the accused. However, some drug charges are worse than others. Possession convictions typically carry the lightest penalties of all drug convictions, but possession charges can turn into intent to distribute charges under the right circumstances.
Let’s look at the evidence prosecutors use to turn possession charges into intent to distribute charges.
Evidence Prosecutors Use for Intent to Distribute Charges
Possession and intent to distribute convictions have one thing in common; prosecutors must prove the accused had possession of the drugs. While proving possession is enough for a possession conviction, prosecutors must additionally prove the accused was going to sell the drugs in his or her possession to secure an intent to distribute conviction.
Evidence prosecutors use for intent to distribute charges include:
- The number of drugs in the accused’s possession (if it’s more than one person could use.)
- If the accused has a large amount of cash in their possession (likely from selling drugs.)
- If the accused was caught in the act of selling (typically by an undercover agent.)
- Communications from customers and distributors.
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As you can see, much of the “evidence” mentioned above is highly circumstantial. If you or a loved one is accused of intent to distribute charges, the Law Offices of John L. Venza Jr. is here to help. Attorney John L. Venza Jr. is an experienced drug offense attorney who will defend your rights in a court of law.
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