Connecticut Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute Lawyer
If you have been charged with possession of drugs with intent to sell (“PWITS”), contact a top criminal defense attorney today. An experienced Connecticut drug possession with intent to distribute lawyer could understand your charges and determine your legal defenses so that you can make an informed decision about what is right for you.
What is Possession with Intent to Sell?
Anyone in possession of any controlled substance (like oxycontin, Vicodin, or Adderall), recreational narcotic drug (like cocaine, crack, heroin, or Molly), or hallucinogen (like mushrooms, LSD, or PCP) who law enforcement officials thinks intends to sell said drugs can be charged with PWITS, even if they don’t catch you in the “act” of selling drugs.
Factors like the quantity of drugs in your possession, how the drugs are packaged, and any manufacturing equipment or packaging equipment in your possession can lead a law enforcement officer to believe you were intending to sell drugs.
What if I Have a Drug Addiction Problem?
There are two statutes for PWITS, one for those with a drug addiction problem and one for those without. Both are unclassified felony charges that carry with them serious implications on your personal record.
PWITS charges often start out under Connecticut General Statutes (“C.G.S”) §21a-278. This statute criminalizes PWITS of heroin, meth, or cocaine (C.G.S. §21a-278(a)) and puts you at risk of a mandatory minimum 5-20 year jail sentence and up to a life imprisonment. This statute also criminalizes PWITS of any narcotic, hallucinogenic, amphetamine, or over one kilogram of marijuana (C.G.S. §21a-278(b)). This charge subjects you to a potential 20 year prison sentence, 5 years of which cannot be suspended. That means 5 years must be served. Any subsequent charges carry a potential for a 25 year prison sentence, 10 years of which cannot be suspended.
If you have a drug addiction problem, a Connecticut PWITS lawyer may be able to get your charge reduced to C.G.S. §21a-277(a) for PWITS of any controlled substance (narcotic or hallucinogenic). If successful, this charge carries a maximum prison time of 15 years and / or a fine of no more than $50,000.00 for your first offense. The penalties grow with each subsequent offense.
Contact a Top Connecticut Drug Possession with Intent to Sell Attorney Today
If you have been charged with drug possession with intent to distribute, you are likely to be facing very serious charges which can include hefty fines and jail time.
Contact a top Connecticut PWITS lawyer at Mark Sherman Law today to find out what legal defenses and options are available to you.