What To Do When You Are Charged With Dealing
“Delivery of a controlled substance” is a legal term of art that basically means “dealing drugs” or “drug distribution.” The legislature reasons that one of the best ways to stop people being able to take drugs is to stop dealers from getting drugs to them. Because of this reasoning, fines and other penalties for delivery of a controlled substance are much more severe than they are for simple possession charges.
Our attorneys understand the damage that a conviction of drug distribution could have on your life. At Spellman Law, P.C., we can help defend you against these charges and obtain the best results possible in your case.
Serious Penalties Associated With Delivery
The penalties associated with delivery of a controlled substance will vary greatly on a case-by-case basis, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Quantity of the controlled substance
- The type of controlled substance (generally, delivery of marijuana will carry less severe penalties than many other drugs)
- Whether there are previous convictions
- Whether the crime is a misdemeanor or a felony drug crime
One of the most complicated aspects of delivery of a controlled substance charge is the fact that a person can be charged with a delivery type crime without any evidence of delivery. The specific crime, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, is a more serious crime than simple possession.
Even without evidence of any real attempt or actual intent to deliver the substance, the state can use other evidence to impute intent and increase the severity of the charges. The quantity of the drug, presence of paraphernalia used to break the substance into smaller portions, the presence of large quantities of cash money on the scene and other bits of evidence can all help the prosecutor build a case for possession with intent to deliver.