New York Intent to Distribute
It can be argued that the War on Drugs began back in the 80s under the Reagan administration, and ever since then, both state and federal law enforcement officials have aggressively pursued drug offenders regardless of whether they're big time sellers or just casual drug users. Even people caught with small amounts of drugs like marijuana can be charged not only with possession, but possession with intent to distribute, which if convicted, can land a person in jail for a significant amount of time.
A drug-related conviction can lead to the loss of your driver's license, severe fines, prison time and a black mark on your criminal record potentially for the rest of your life. If you've been arrested and charged with drug possession or possession with intent to sell, then you must take the matter seriously. It's vital to your future that you retain the help of an experienced New York Intent To Distribute Lawyer to aid you in your defense.
Possession with intent to sell is basically an altered form of possession and usually requires some type of overt act to sell the controlled substance. This overt act can be defined as packing the drug in individual packages for sale or by possessing a measuring instrument. While possessing with intent to sell isn't quite as serious as the charge of drug trafficking it's still a very serious charge that can land you in prison for a significant amount of time..
The types of punishments handed out for these drug offenses will depend on a variety of circumstances, including the amount of drugs a person has, their past criminal record, whether weapons were used and whether the drugs were sold near a park or school.
In some cases, a person may not be intending to sell drugs, but the fact that they have measuring equipment and large amounts of cash may give prosecutors the appearance that intent to sell is present. That's why it's so important to have an aggressive New York Intent To Distribute Lawyer working on your defense. At Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, our legal team will work diligently to examine evidence and how that evidence was gathered. In addition, our New York Drug Crime lawyers will work closely with prosecutors and judges to have charges and penalties reduced if at all possible. In many cases, evidence was collected by violating the accused person's rights under the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees a person's right not to be subject to unlawful searches and seizures. If our Criminal lawyers do find that evidence was obtained illegally, they will fight to have it thrown out of court.
If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with possession with intent to sell or any other drug-related crime, it's important to get legal help as soon as possible.
Please call Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC at 800.696.9529 for a free consultation or contact one of our New York City offices serving Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, the Bronx or Brooklyn, or in Westchester County or one of our Long Island offices in Nassau County or Suffolk County.