Florida takes drug crimes seriously, and among the most serious is possession with intent to deliver. When you face this type of allegation at the federal level, the consequences are even more serious. Your case could go to trial in the Middle District of Florida with a United States Attorney presenting evidence against you. You do not want to try to navigate this type of case on your own.
The criminal defense attorneys from Goldman Wetzel can protect your rights and pursue a more favorable outcome in your federal drug case. Call us today at 941-405-5193 to let a federal possession with intent to deliver lawyer in Sarasota, FL go to work for you.
You Can Face Federal Drug Possession with Intent to Deliver Charges Even If You Had No Intention of Selling the Drugs
Federal possession with intent to deliver charges rely on two general facts:
- You knew you the drugs were illegal but still possessed them willingly; and
- You intended to distribute the drug in some way.
Without proving both aspects of this charge, they will not win a conviction against you. In some cases, we can try to present an argument that you did not know you had an illegal drug or that you did not know you had it in your possession.
This often comes up if police find drugs in your home or your car. If they belong to someone else, you may not be willfully in possession of them or even be aware they exist. A federal possession with intent to deliver lawyer in Sarasota, FL can also try to challenge the intent to deliver, but this is more difficult. They do not have to prove you planned to sell the drugs. They only need to show:
- You had enough that it was unlikely to be used by an individual;
- You had drugs separated into smaller bags or containers;
- You also had scales or other related equipment;
- You planned to give away the drugs or share them with others; or
- You were holding the drugs for another person.
You Could Face Serious Consequences if Convicted of a Federal Possession With Intent to Deliver Charge
Federal Judges have great discretion in sentencing. If the court convicts you of federal possession with intent to deliver, the Judge will weigh several factors and likely consult the advisory Federal Sentencing Guidelines before deciding the penalties you will face. Factors that play into your sentencing may include:
- The type of drug involved;
- The severity of the offense including how much you had in your possession;
- The circumstances of your arrest and other facts of your case; and
- Any prior drug-related convictions
You could face significant time in federal prison and hefty fines if convicted of this crime in federal court. In general, the type of drug involved will play a very significant role. It is more likely that our attorneys from Goldman Wetzel can negotiate a probated sentence if the drug was marijuana than an opiate or methamphetamine.
If you face accusations, arrest, or charges of possessing a drug with intent to deliver, Goldman Wetzel is here to help. Dial 941-405-5193 today to learn about how we can go to work for you.
Reach Out to Us as Soon as You Can For Best Results in a Sarasota Drug Case
At Goldman Wetzel, our criminal defense attorneys like to go to work on a case as early as possible. This allows us to launch an investigation quickly and try to confirm an alibi, prove someone else committed the crime, or clear your name in some other way. If we can do this before they file federal possession with intent to deliver charges against you, we may be able to prevent them from ever charging you.
When there are no charges filed, your record remains clear of this accusation, and you do not have to face the stress of court and a trial. We recommend you call us when:
- A government agency or the local police accuse you of a crime;
- Law enforcement wants to question you about a crime;
- You believe you may face charges;
- There is a warrant for your arrest;
- You get arrested; or
- A United States Attorney indicts you for a federal crime
You can reach the Bradenton office of Goldman Wetzel today by calling 941-405-5193. We proudly serve clients in Sarasota, Sarasota County, and Manatee County from this office.
The Goldman Wetzel Criminal Defense Attorneys Will Pursue the Best Possible Outcome in Your Federal Possession With Intent to Deliver Case
The attorneys from Goldman Wetzel handle every case together. When you hire one of us, you get two Sarasota criminal defense attorneys ready to provide you with the aggressive representation you need to get the most favorable outcome possible in your case.
By working together, we can offer a more well-rounded defense strategy. The attorneys from Goldman Wetzel use their experience to build strong cases for our clients today. Attorney Summer Goldman worked in the prosecutor’s office while Maribeth Wetzel is a career defense attorney. Together they can put a strategy in place to fight the charges against you. This could include:
- Getting key evidence thrown out;
- Negotiating a plea deal for lesser charges and fewer penalties’
- Taking your case to court and arguing for a “not guilty” verdict; or
- Requesting a probated sentence based on the facts of your case.
Talk to a Federal Possession with Intent to Deliver Lawyer in Sarasota, FL
At Goldman Wetzel, our team understands how difficult it is to face allegations and arrests, especially when you stand accused of a federal crime. We can go to work on your case today, providing both compassionate support and aggressive representation. Let a federal possession with intent to deliver lawyer in Sarasota, FL review your case for you. Call 941-405-5193 to get started today.