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Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance

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Arlington, VA Drug Crimes Attorney | Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance


When facing charges for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, it is important to know this is a felony offense under Va. Code ยง18.2-248. Even though you may have been in possession of a schedule I, II, III or IV drug, it does not necessarily mean you intended to sell or distribute the substance. However, the police are vigorous in their efforts to increase a possession offense into something far more serious, possession with intent to distribute. If you are under investigation or have been charged, it is vital to consult with a skilled Arlington criminal defense lawyer immediately. Elizabeth Tuomey of the Tuomey Law Firm provides aggressive, skilled legal guidance and representation to every client.


Tactics Used by Police When Attempting to Prove Possession with Intent to Distribute


Police use many tactics when trying to prove an individual committed the crime of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Some include possession of items that may indicate the accused was intending to distribute or sell the drugs including substantial amounts of cash, scales for weighing, or drugs that are individually packaged. As mentioned earlier, if the quantity of drug discovered is more than what would be considered normal for personal use, police may use that information in a PWID case. Confiscating texts from a defendant's cell phone, confessions, and undercover drug buys are also common methods used by police.


Penalties for Possession with Intent to Distribute in Virginia


The penalties a person may face if found guilty of this drug crime vary depending on the amount and type of controlled substance involved, along with the defendant's criminal history and other factors. For example, someone convicted of PWID of 100 grams or more of a heroine mixture will face a mandatory minimum of five years in jail, with the maximum prison term being life. Fines of up to $1 million are also possible. The mandatory minimum jail term for someone convicted of PWID involving one kilogram or more of heroine mixture is 20 years. The punishment is extremely harsh for those convicted.


Contact the Tuomey Law Firm Immediately


Possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance is a drug offense that will result in loss of freedom for those convicted, in some cases life. In order to protect your legal rights and fight the charges against you, it is imperative you choose a capable, experienced Arlington drug crimes attorney. Count on Elizabeth Tuomey of the Tuomey Law Firm for unparalleled legal representation.