Georgia possession with intent to distribute laws are commonly used to prosecute people believed to be selling illegal drugs, no matter the specific drug. These charges are more serious because they carry higher maximum punishments and can even turn a misdemeanor charge into a felony for marijuana possession.
Possession with intent is charged if the cops feel like the circumstances indicate that the drugs found are not only for personal use, but for sale. Common factors cops will look for to charge possession with intent include how the drugs are packaged or bagged, the amount or quantity, whether or not you have prior drug sales charges, whether or not you had scales or other paraphernalia commonly used to sale drugs, and other similar factors. Contrary to popular belief, no, the cops don't have to have you on video or catch you selling right then and there. It is enough that the other circumstances lead them to believe you are engaged in drug sales.
The following is a quick reference for the range of prison sentences on first-time possession with intent crimes:
- Schedule 1 and 2 drugs- 5-30 years (common Schedule 1 drugs include heroin, cocaine, LSD, MDMA, Psilocybin, bath salts) (Schedule 2 includes methamphetamine, methadone, hydrocodone, fentanyl)
- Schedule 3, 4, and 5 drugs- 1-10 years (many commonly prescribed medications- Xanex, etc.)
- Marijuana- 1-10 years
At Zeliff | Watson, we defend all drug crimes, including possession with intent to distribute crimes. In fact, we have handled a wide range of possession with intent cases involving everything from marijuana to Schedule 1 drugs such as heroin, MDMA, cocaine, and similar. If you are facing charges for possession with intent, call us today to begin working on your defense. Remember, no two cases are alike, and therefore your defense must be tailored to your specific situation. We can be reached 24/7 at: 770 676 1340.