What is Intent to Sell?
If you are caught in possession of illegal drugs, you could be arrested and face serious criminal charges. However, if law enforcement agents find evidence to suggest that there is something more to the matter than mere personal use, it is possible to receive a much more severe charge of possession with the intent to sell. If you are convicted, you could face serious fines up to $25,000 and up to 15 years in jail depending on the drug and how much was in your possession.
The law does not clearly define what actions can be considered as expressing the intent to sell. That is why you need a qualified legal representative on your side to help you fight these charges. For more information about your case and your legal options, contact the Appleton criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595 to schedule a consultation.
Factors that Determine Intent to Sell
In most cases, police officers will use the following points to determine whether or not a defendant intended to sell illegal drugs:
- Possessing a large amount of cash
- An unusually large amount of the substance allegedly found in your possession. Larger amounts typically suggest to law enforcement that the drugs were not for personal use.
- Possession of other drug paraphernalia such as scales or other measuring devices consistent with organized sale and distribution.
A skilled and experienced criminal defense lawyer may be able to cast doubt upon the issue of your intention to sell and could accordingly have the charges reduced or dismissed.
Do not delay seeking legal counsel if you have been arrested and charged with intent to sell, regardless of the circumstances. Contact the Appleton criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. by calling (414) 271-9595 today.