When It Comes To Drug Possession, An Experienced Attorney Is Crucial
When it comes to drug crimes, our state has some of the most stringent laws in the nation. Possession with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver illegal narcotics such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, marijuana or prescriptions carries extremely heavy penalties.
Possession with intent to sell or distribute is a much more serious crime than simple possession, and is a felony offense. If you are facing charges of possession with intent, you may be dealing with a third-degree felony charge, which can mean up to 15 years in prison and $200,000 or more in fines. Our Miami drug possession with intent attorneys can offer experienced guidance and criminal defense representation in this important matter.
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Penalties For Possession With Intent
Penalties for possession with intent to sell are those that are imposed for a second- or third-degree felony, and subject to the state’s sentencing guidelines. Possession of 20 grams or more carries a sentence of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Examples of penalties for specific offenses include:
- For marijuana grow houses with 300-2,000 plants or for 28-200 grams of cocaine, a minimum of three years in prison.
- For possession of 2,000-10,000 pounds of marijuana or 200-400 grams of cocaine, a minimum seven-year prison sentence.
- For possession of more than 10,000 pounds of marijuana or 400 grams to 150 kilograms of cocaine, a 15-year prison sentence.
Penalties for all drug crimes – whether they involve marijuana, cocaine, heroin or prescription drugs – are extremely severe when it is alleged that you are involved in the illegal drug trade, whether on a small scale or as part of a large-scale operation. Each sentence also carries fines from $1,000 up to $200,000. The location can play a part in the sentence imposed, with enhanced penalties for a crime that was in proximity to a school or park.
Fighting The Prosecution’s Evidence In Possession With Intent Drug Cases
There are procedures that law enforcement must adhere to, and defendants and suspects in criminal cases have many rights that must be protected. There may be assumptions and erroneous conclusions about your involvement, or you may be a victim of a rights violation in search and seizure. In order to be convicted, it is necessary for the prosecutor to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you intended to sell the narcotics.
The amount of drugs found on your person or believed to be under your control is a key factor. They will use evidence of statements you make, the manner by which the narcotics were being packaged or transported, any firearms or paraphernalia such as scales for weight measurements found at the scene to prove intent.
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Our Miami drug possession lawyers at Beckham Solis, Attorneys at Law, are skilled litigators with decades of combined criminal defense experience in getting sentences reduced, charges dismissed and winning jury trials. We believe it is our job to protect and defend your rights, and we have impressive credentials and experience at trial to accomplish this. Contact us online today or at 305-564-4329 to discuss your charges!