Possession with Intent to Sell
Being charged with drug possession is a serious offense, but when law enforcement suspects your intent to sell those drugs it can be devastating. Due to the War on Drugs, charges of possession with intent to sell controlled substances can have you facing aggressive prosecution by the state. A charge for possession with intent to sell in Florida is a serious felony charge that could disqualify you for drug court or other options.
Serious felony consequences may await you without the aid of an experienced and respected defense attorney who fights drug charges. Brian Gabriel is the attorney you deserve when facing criminal charges in Palm Beach County. As a former prosecutor, Mr. Gabriel can predict the actions of the other side, providing a significant benefit for your defense.
Florida Drug Dealing Charges
Possession with intent to sell is described in Florida Statute §893.13. With the exception of marijuana, carrying even a tiny amount of a controlled substance can lead to felony charges. With that said, if police have reasonable suspicion that you were trying to sell those drugs, manufacture, or deliver them, the charges are enhanced. Police look for several signs to determine whether or not a suspect has the intent to sell in Florida or across state lines.
- The amount of substances in possession
- The way in which the substances were packaged
- Drug paraphernalia present
- Large amounts of cash
- Behavior at the time of arrest, such as if you are caught trying to sell drugs to an undercover cop
A large quantity of narcotics and other controlled substances is not the only indicator that one intends to sell these drugs. If police found a small amount of cocaine divided into sections of eighths of an ounce, you could be accused of possession with intent to sell as the substance has been packaged in a manner that implies it will be sold.
Penalties for Drug Dealing in Florida
The various controlled substances are divided into five different schedules that will determine the specific penalties for possessing with intent to sell the substance(s) involved. Of these schedules, Schedules I and II contain the most serious drugs according to the state and federal government.
Schedule I and II drugs also contain the most common illicit substances such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine, LSD, methamphetamine, and ecstasy, among others. Generally, a charge for possessing these drugs with the intent to sell is a second degree felony offense in Florida. If convicted, you could face 15 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.
Find a Qualified Drug Defense Attorney Today
Selling narcotics in Palm Beach County and other controlled substances can have a dreary outcome without a solid defense strategy. Do not hesitate to contact The Law Office of Gabriel & Gabriel and discuss your possession charges with a West Palm Beach defense attorney. For over 30 years, our office has defended individuals facing criminal charges throughout South Florida. Call 561-622-5575 or contact us for a free legal consultation.