Federal possession with intent to deliver is a serious charge and one you do not have to fight on your own. If you stand accused, were arrested, or already face this charge in the Middle District of Florida, the criminal defense attorneys from Goldman Wetzel can help. In Bradenton, you can reach our Manatee County, Florida, office at 941-405-5193.
We offer free case evaluations and can go to work immediately to protect your rights. We can accompany you during interrogations and stand by you during court appearances. A federal possession with intent to deliver lawyer in Bradenton, FL will provide aggressive representation and pursue the most favorable outcome possible based on the facts of your case.
Understanding Federal Possession with Intent to Deliver Charges
Federal possession with intent to deliver is a crime that requires the U.S. Attorney prosecuting the case to prove several things:
- You knew you had an illegal drug in your control;
- You willingly possessed the illegal drug; and
- You intended to distribute or deliver it
While knowing and willingly possessing illegal drugs are relatively straightforward concepts to understand, the legal meaning behind “intent to deliver” is a little more complex. “Intent to deliver” may refer to almost any way of delivering or transferring illegal drugs. This includes:
- Selling the drugs
- Giving the drugs away
- Using drugs with others
- Holding the drugs for someone else
In addition, the prosecutors do not have to prove that you actually intended to sell or otherwise distribute the drugs. You may still face charges if:
- You possess a large enough quantity that personal use is unlikely; or
- You have the drugs prepared for sale; or
- You have scales, bags, or other equipment that make it appear as if you plan to sell the drugs
Possible Penalties Following a Bradenton, FL Conviction for Federal Possession with Intent to Deliver
The Judge in U.S. Federal Court has wide discretion when it comes to sentencing. While there are federal Sentencing Guidelines, they are only guidelines. Many judges use them as a starting point then consider the other facts of the case. Of course, they also must follow any applicable maximum sentence and mandatory minimum sentencing laws.
You can expect the Judge who hears your case to consider a number of factors before deciding on your sentence after a conviction. This may include:
- The nature and severity of the offense; and
- The circumstances of your arrest and facts of your case; and
- Any aggravating or mitigating circumstances; and
- The type of drugs involved; and
- Any prior convictions
The type of drug involved is especially important when it comes to sentencing in Florida. For example, you may receive a relatively short prison sentence and fines for marijuana possession while a fentanyl possession with intent to deliver conviction could mean years in federal prison and significant fines.
The potential consequences of a federal possession with intent to deliver conviction are serious. There is no reason why you need to try to manage this on your own. Our federal possession with intent to deliver lawyers in Bradenton, FL can go to work on your case today. Call us: 941-405-5193.
Goldman Wetzel Handles All Federal Criminal Defense Cases as a Team
The two principal criminal defense lawyers from Goldman Wetzel work together on every federal drug possession case, ensuring our clients receive attentive and aggressive representation. When you hire the attorneys from Goldman Wetzel, you get them both. With their varied backgrounds, this team approach allows us to see your case from several points of view.
Maribeth Wetzel is a career criminal defense attorney who knows how to develop a strong defense strategy and fight for the most favorable outcome possible in your case. At the same time, Summer Goldman worked in the prosecutor’s office for several years and can help us better see your case from the U.S. Attorney’s point of view.
Our Team Will Represent You in Your Bradenton, FL Federal Possession with Intent to Deliver Case
We investigate every case we take on, uncovering evidence to support your defense and designing a strong strategy to pursue a more favorable outcome in your case. Every criminal case is unique, and we have to look at the facts of the case to develop a strategy on your behalf. However, some of the most common strategies we employ include:
- Convincing the U.S. Attorney to drop their investigation or indictment
- Presenting a strong argument and fighting for an acquittal in court
- Reducing the nature and severity of the charges
- Negotiating a plea deal for a lesser charge
- Asking the Judge to give you a lighter or probated sentence
In some cases, we can present evidence on your behalf and convince the judge to drop their investigation. If we can help you avoid an indictment, we can put the brakes on your case before it ever gets started. To consider this a possibility in your case, it is imperative you contact us as early as possible. We recommend you reach out to us for help if:
- Government agency or local police want to question you
- You get arrested based on allegations of a crime
- There are other indications you may soon face charges
- There is a warrant for your arrest
- A United States Attorney indicts you for a federal crime
Talk to a Federal Possession with Intent to Deliver Lawyer in Bradenton, FL
The criminal defense attorneys from Goldman Wetzel work together on every federal possession with intent to deliver case we take on. This allows us to provide you with both compassionate guidance and aggressive representation. We will put a solid defense strategy in place and fight for the most favorable outcome possible in your case. A federal possession with intent to deliver lawyer in Bradenton, FL can go to work for you today. Call our Manatee County team at 941-405-5193 to learn more about how we can help you.