Possession with Intent to Distribute Charges
Protect Your Freedoms with a St. Louis Drug Crimes Attorney
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2007 there were over
1.5 million arrests for drug possession, and over 300,000 for the sale
and/or manufacture of drugs. Based on these numbers, you can see the importance
placed on drug arrests by the law. There is usually a tension between
the American War on Drugs and the legalization and decriminalization of
many controlled substances nationwide. While Missouri has taken steps
to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana possession, larger amounts
of this or any amount of other illegal drugs can find you facing
Have you or a loved one been accused of drug possession with intent to
distribute? Drug charges last a long time on your record and can have
a drastic effect outside of the criminal charges, jail time, and fines
you may be facing.
How can you prove intent to distribute?
A possession with intent to distribute charge asserts that there is enough
evidence found to link you to the distribution or sale of drugs. Also
different from a "simple" possession charge, a possession with
intent to distribute charge is considered a serious crime and comes with
significant prison time, and the possible forfeiture of your home, car,
and finances. With a charge of this nature, it is the burden of the prosecutor
to prove based on the available evidence that your intent was to distribute.
Therefore the prosecution's case hinges solely on the strength of
the available evidence.
Some of the evidence indicating intent to distribute includes:
- A large quantity of drugs and/or cash
- Baggies or scales
Other than the physical evidence mentioned above, some of the other things
the prosecutor may use for his/her case include the location in which
the arrest occurred. Could the area where the arrest occurred be considered
one frequented by those looking to sell or purchase drugs? The prosecution
may also use the testimony of experts in the drug trade who can testify
to whether the accused was behaving in a manner consistent with someone
who intends to distribute.
Get Immediate Help From St. Louis Drug Crime Lawyers
There are many ways to defend a charge of this nature. One of the most
common defenses deals with the search of the accused, and the seizure
of drugs and drug distribution paraphernalia. If it can be proven that
the police conducted an unlawful search or unlawful seizure of your property,
it is possible to have these charges dismissed.
Our drug crimes lawyers will vigorously and aggressively defend you against
the prosecution's drug charges. Our experience as former St. Louis
City police officers and a former assistant prosecuting attorney in St.
Louis County, Missouri provides us with a unique advantage in defending
our client, including being able to anticipate the moves of the prosecution
in your case.
Contact us to schedule a
FREE consultation to learn about your defense options and to find out how our St. Louis
criminal defense lawyers can fight for you!