What If I’m Arrested for Possession of Narcotics With Intent to Sell?
Being arrested for any kind of drug crime in Connecticut is frightening. The state is cracking down on the illegal possession, manufacture, and sale of narcotics, in particular, potentially putting individuals with valid prescriptions at risk.
Here’s what you should know about the penalties for possessing narcotics, potential defenses you may be able to use, and how to get help from an experienced drug defense lawyer to protect your rights.
Narcotics Cases: Possession vs. Possession With Intent to Sell
Connecticut law allows for individuals possessing any type of illegal narcotic to be charged with a criminal offense, no matter the amount of narcotic the defendant has in their possession. Even small amounts that aren’t feasibly usable can result in a possession charge under this statute.
In larger quantities, you may be charged with possession with intent to sell. This means the police believe you aren’t simply possessing the substances for personal use but that you also have plans to or are actively selling the drug to others. Additionally, possession with intent to sell is often leveraged against defendants who also had baggies, scales, and other tools traditionally used for the sale of narcotics.
Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to be caught selling narcotics to be charged with intent to sell. Law enforcement simply needs enough evidence to suggest that you likely had planned on or were actively involved in selling the substance.
Potential Penalties For Narcotics Charges
If you’re charged with the possession of narcotics, you stand to incur stiff penalties, including between $50,000 to $250,000 in fines and up to 15 or 30 years in jail for first-time and subsequent offenses respectively.
Your attorney will review your case and determine the best possible defense strategy based on the circumstances of the case and the evidence against you. Common defenses against possession of narcotics with intent to sell is arguing that the intent to sell was misunderstood by police and the amount you possessed was for personal use, or that drug sales were the result of addiction and substance abuse treatment would be more appropriate.
Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney Now for Help
Don’t wait after being arrested on a drug charge to get the help of an experienced lawyer. Contact Rachel Mirsky today for your consultation to discuss the merits of your case and possible defense strategies by dialing (203) 290-2779.