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What is Possession with Intent to Sell?
A Possession with Intent to Sell arrest in Stamford falls under Connecticut General Statutes § 21a-277. This crime makes it illegal for anyone to manufacture, distribute, sell, prescribe, and transporting narcotics, controlled substances, and hallucinogens. This charge does not include marijuana.
Do I have to Actually be Selling Drugs to be Charged with Possession with Intent to Sell?
One of the biggest surprises to people who are charged with this crime is that you can be arrested for possession with intent to sell even if you are not actually caught in the act of selling drugs.
Connecticut General Statutes § 21a-277 allows police officers to assume that you are a drug dealer just based solely on the amount of drugs in your possession. Additionally, if you have baggies, packaging materials, scales or anything else that can suggest you are selling, then the Stamford police can charge you with possession with intent to sell.
What is Possession in Stamford, Connecticut?
In addition to the requisite intent, in order to be convicted, an individual must be found to be in actual or constructive possession of the substance, which means it was either carried on the body or found somewhere within that individual’s control such as a home or car. The individual must also be aware of the presence of the substance and of the nature of the substance.
Am I Going to Jail for my Stamford Possession with Intent to Sell Arrest?
Maybe. The penalties under § 21a-277(a) make it a felony to possess narcotics or hallucinogens with intent to sell in Stamford, Connecticut. A conviction for a first offense exposes you up to 15 years in jail, probation, and a $50,000 fine. The penalties under § 21a-277(b) are not as harsh, and expose you to up 7 years in jail, probation, and a $25,000 fine. However, neither of these crimes carry a mandatory minimum jail sentence, so if you arrested for Possession with Intent to Sell in Stamford, contact a top criminal attorney today to help you start crafting your defense.
Consult with a Stamford Drug Attorney Today
As any top Stamford criminal defense attorney will tell you, possession with intent to sell charges are extremely serious. So, if you are arrested for possession with intent to sell in Stamford, Connecticut, contact the team of highly skilled lawyers at Mark Sherman Law today. We will work with you in crafting an aggressive defense to get you the best result we possibly can.