It goes without saying that if an officer finds illegal substances on your person, in your home or in your vehicle, you will likely face a drug possession charge. Depending on the circumstances, however, you might also find yourself defending against an intent to distribute charge.
Drug possession with the intent to distribute is a very serious crime. If you stand accused of illegally distributing controlled substances, you can protect yourself by understanding the implications of these charges and how to prove your innocence in the eyes of the law.
Understand the consequences of drug distribution
Illinois controlled substance statutes outline the penalties for drug distribution as a felony offense. An intent to distribute more than 15 grams of certain controlled substances implies a minimum of 6 years of imprisonment. Penalties become increasingly harsh for larger quantities and more harmful substances involved in your case.
Exercise your rights when charged with drug possession
An officer might conduct an arrest for drug possession with the intent to distribute based solely on the quantity of drugs found or on the principle of constructive possession. You can put yourself in a stronger position during an interaction with an officer by exercising your right to remain silent and withhold consent for any unwarranted searches. In a best-case scenario, the court may invalidate an officer’s evidence of your intent if it is the result of a wrongful search.
Being in the presence of illegal drugs can result in a fight against possession charges, and circumstances might pit you against even harsher distribution charges. You can defend your freedoms by exercising your rights and building a strong defense for your case.