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Drug Possession with Intent


If you are accused of intending to sell drugs, actually sold drugs, or manufactured drugs, you could be facing very serious criminal charges in the local D.C. court system. These aren’t simple possession charges and can carry decades-long prison sentences. Putting your confidence in a criminal defense lawyer ready to protect your Constitutional rights is critical at this difficult time.

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The courts recognize that distribution charges are far different from violent crimes. However, the laws see serious drug offenses like these as causing potential harm to multitudes of people within society. These sort of criminal offenses are taken very seriously by judges and especially prosecutors.

When you feel like no one in the system cares about your side of the story, you’re not alone. It’s when you are facing charges as serious as these that you need an advocate on your side willing to listen to you, explain the process to you, and go to bat for you on your day in court.

Call our offices for a consultation on your drug case today.

DC Drug Possession With Intent – Penalties

The charge and potential penalty you face depend on the drug in question. Typically, however, you will face the same penalty for distribution as you will for manufacturing or simply intending to do either one.

If you’re charged with possession with intent, distribution, or manufacturing a Schedule I or II drug which is considered a narcotic or abusive drug, you will face up to 30 years in prison and $500,000 in fines.

If the drug in question is a Schedule II or a Schedule I or II not considered an abusive drug or a narcotic, you will face up to 5 years and $50,000 in fines.

For Schedule IV and V drugs, you can face up to 3 years and $25,000 in fines depending on the substance in question.

Ref: § 48-904.01


DC Drug Classifications/Schedules

Controlled substances are classified according to dangerousness or potential for abuse in “Schedules”. This is how it’s determined what kind of sentence you might face for a distribution or manufacturing charge.

Schedule I

These drugs have a high potential for abuse with no practical medical usage. They include, among others:

  • Heroin
  • LSD
  • Mescaline
  • Marijuana (though marijuana is considered a Schedule I drug, its penalties are unique. See my page on marijuana charges for additional information)

Schedule II

These drugs still have a high risk of abuse and dependency but do have some accepted medical uses. They include:

  • opium
  • cocaine
  • methadone
  • methamphetamines
  • amphetamines

Schedule III, IV, V

These are less common illegal drugs and have decreasingly less potential for abuse and more acceptable medical uses:

  • Naline
  • Tranquilizers
  • Codeine

Anytime you are facing the possibility of days, let alone years in prison, you need the assistance of a criminal defense attorney. Contact our offices today for a free consultation on your drug case.

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