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Possession With Intent To Deliver — What Does That Mean?

Iowa continues to mete out stringent penalties for persons convicted of marijuana possession, including a maximum of two years in prison and a fine of $6,250 by the third conviction. If you are arrested with marijuana in your possession, and law enforcement believes you are involved in the sale of cannabis products to others, the punishment you may be facing can be far worse.

Crimes of marijuana distribution are considered felonies, and depending on the amount of the drug in your possession, you could face a prison sentence of 25 years and a fine of up to $1,000,000. For the largest distribution cases, federal authorities may also pursue investigations and choose to prosecute.

The attorneys of our firm, Spellman Law, P.C., have handled hundreds of drug cases, and we understand both what is at stake in your life and how the prosecution can present a flawed case. We will look for and fight for every opportunity to create an optimal outcome for you.

Circumstances That Can Lead To A Possession With Intent Charge

Context is everything in searches related to drug arrests, and this is especially true in a marijuana case involving the potential for a distribution-related charge. The police will be looking for the following during a search if they think you are guilty of possession with intent to distribute:

  • Scales to weigh your product
  • Baggies, small packages and labels to easily deliver the drugs
  • Excessive amounts of cash, especially if it is all in small denominations

It should be noted in Iowa that state law mandates minimum sentences of five years if the prosecution can prove you were selling to an underage minor, or if you sold marijuana to a minor within 1,000 feet of a park or elementary or middle school.

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After you are arrested, you need answers, fast. Our firm's team of lawyers can quickly assess your situation and help you bring your court case to its best possible conclusion. To set up a free consultation, call our offices in West Des Moines at 515-222-4330 or email us.