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Penalties for possession with intent to deliver, sometimes called PWI or PWID, charges depend heavily upon the substance that you are charged with.
- (narcotic, e.g. Heroin) - up to 15 years in prison and a up to a $250,000 fine.
- Phencyclidines (PCP), methamphetamines (Meth), cocoa (Cocaine) and its derivatives, or Marijuana in excess of
1,000 pounds - up to 10 years in prison and/or a $100,000 fine.
- Any other Schedule I, II or III drug not included above - up to 5 years in prison and a up to a $15,000 fine.
- Schedule IV drug - up to 3 years in prison and a up to a $10,000 fine.
- Schedule V drug - up to 1 year in prison and a up to a $1,000 fine.
To get a possession with intent to deliver conviction the government must prove that a person actually possessed the drug and that they intended to give or sell it to at least one other person. Despite the common believe, possession of a large amount of a drug does not automatically equal intent to distribute.
Possession with intent to deliver cases can be defended on a number of grounds. Because these are victemless crimes the cases rest heavily upon police investigation and the legality of arrests. Quite frequently the police act before they have probable cause and any evidence they seize can be suppressed. Often they may be relying on unreliable confidential informants who are either being paid or having their own charges reduced
However, as with most criminal charges, the best defense can only be arrived at after careful consideration of all the details of the case with your attorney.
As a criminal defense law firm, We work diligently to find evidence that will support our client's innocence and establish a reasonable doubt that they are guilty of possession with intent to deliver. As your defense attorney, we meticulously review police reports and eyewitness statements. We conduct own witness interviews and track down information that can help in obtaining a favorable outcome.
To schedule a free and confidential consultation with a criminal defense attorney regarding your possession with intent to deliver charges, contact our office today.
Madsen Law Offices is located in Easton, Pennsylvania and represents clients throughout the Lehigh Valley, including Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Jim Thorpe, Stroudsburg and other outlying areas.