Not only is it illegal to possess unlawful controlled substances like drugs, but distributing or attempting to distribute these substances is considered an even greater crime. Depending on the circumstances, law enforcement officials can add a charge of drug distribution on top of a possession charge if the officer believes the defendant had to intent to sell the drug. Certain factors might influence an officer's decision to add additional charges of distribution. For example, it may seem more suspicious if the defendant is in possession of large amounts of the drug, more than someone would use for personal consumption, or if the defendant has lots of cash.
But it is never a good idea to hinge a person's future on presumptions and assumptions of this nature. A punishment for drug possession could mean a substantial prison sentence, or even life in prison. There is a lot at stake with drug charges of this nature and a Davidson County man in a recent case may want to consider a strong defense as he faces criminal charges for drug-related offenses.
Law enforcement officials recently arrested the 32-year-old man after an investigation turned up a small amount of marijuana in his house. According to the Davidson County Sheriff's Office, the defendant was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and intent to sell and deliver a controlled substance. He was additionally charged with maintaining a house to keep a controlled substance.
Authorities allegedly turned up marijuana, plastic bags and a digital scale during the investigation at the defendant's home. The defendant remains in jail on $25,000 bond.
Marijuana charges may not seem like a big deal, but when combined with the intent to sell, these charges deserve adequate attention. Defendants deserve fair and just treatment during the criminal process, especially as it relates to the presumption of intent to distribute any controlled substance and the subjective opinion of an arresting officer or investigator.
Source: Winston-Salem Journal, "Linwood man charged with drug offenses," John Hinton, Oct. 9, 2013