Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute

A felony charge of drug possession with intent to distribute can turn an individual’s life upside down as they prepare to defend themselves against the allegations. Being convicted of possession with intent to deliver drugs (PWID) can lead to prison time and huge monetary fines. This makes consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney especially important.

The lawyers at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C. offer decades of experience in mounting vigorous legal defenses on the behalf of clients. The state of Pennsylvania seeks to harshly punish this type of felony drug charge, and we believe that each defendant deserves to have their constitutional rights protected during all legal proceedings. That’s why we offer free case evaluations to potential clients who wish to learn more.

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What Constitutes Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute?

Drug possession with intent to distribute is sometimes also called drug trafficking and means that someone stands accused of distributing, manufacturing, or selling illegal drugs. Authorities view growing, producing, or manufacturing drugs in the same light as selling drugs in exchange for money. This could apply even if someone simply shared drugs with a friend.

The severity of a PWID charge depends upon both the quantity of drugs involved as well as what type of drugs are at play. The most common determining factor in whether you will face a possession with intent to distribute charge is the quantity of the substance that you’re accused of possessing. Whenever authorities believe that an individual possesses a quantity of drugs too large for their own personal use, they will typically charge them with PWID.

The types of drugs that are most often involved in these cases include cocaine, crack, heroin, marijuana, opioids, and prescription medications like Percocet or Vicodin. Pennsylvania prosecutors will generally assume that anyone possessing more than one gram of heroin, or two grams of cocaine, intends to distribute those drugs to others. A drug trafficking conviction can lead to a defendant serving a significant amount of prison time.

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What Penalties Accompany a PWID Conviction?

The types of penalties that can accompany a felony conviction for drug possession with intent to distribute range from prison time and fines to other repercussions like difficulties obtaining employment, forfeiture of assets and property, and becoming ineligible for student loans.

Authorities in Pennsylvania categorize controlled substances according to the drug schedules set out by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The type and quantity of drugs someone is accused of possessing, along with any past criminal record, are taken into consideration at the time of sentencing if a conviction is obtained.

Penalties for a felony PWID conviction involving Schedule IV prescription medications could be as harsh as up to three years of prison time and up to a $10,000 fine. A PWID conviction involving a Schedule I substance like LSD or marijuana could bring up to 5 years of prison time and up to a $15,000 fine. Being convicted of PWID for more seriously classified drugs like heroin, meth, PCP, or cocaine could lead to 10-15 years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

Facing Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute Charges? Contact Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C.

You don’t have to face drug possession with intent to distribute charges alone. Considering the severe penalties these allegations can cause in the event of conviction, consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney with Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C. can help ensure your constitutional rights are protected. Contact us by telephone at (215) 822-7575 or online to arrange a free case evaluation.