State Drug Possession Cases

Talking About the State Jail Felony & Drug Possession Cases

Texas has strict illegal controlled substance and narcotics drug possession laws. Keep in mind; even just for conviction of possession of any unlawful drug, you may face probation, jail time, fines, and even a 6 month loss of your driver’s license. If you are charged under the drug possession law, it means the state has accused you of having access to a controlled substance.

Although most of the violations are typically listed under the Texas Penal Code, however it is the Texas Controlled Substances Act, Health and Safety Code, which provide for the finer points of law that is to be applied in specific drug possession cases.

Drug possession is considered as a serious felony in Texas. Based on the amount of the illegal substance, the penalties may range from probation to lengthy time prison sentences. If you have been accused or charged with a drug crime in Dallas, whether drug possession, importation, distribution, drug trafficking or cultivation, you need a foolproof defense to protect your life, career and rights. Do not plead guilty to drug crimes. It makes sense to speak with a qualified and experienced attorney to explore alternatives to pleading guilty.

What is a State Jail felony?

State Jail felonies are the lowest degree of felony in Texas. Although it is the lowest degree of felony still it can leave you as a convicted felon. The range of punishment is between 6 months and 2 years in a State Jail unit.

It also makes sense to mention here, the State jail system in Texas was originally designed to make the drug addicts stay there until they were cured, so there’s NO PAROLE from State Jail.

How does the State Jail felony drug possession case may start?

According to the Texas law, the police may charge you with drug possession if they find any kind of drug in your pocket or in fact anywhere in your body.

Police in Texas can also charge you under the claim of “constructive possession.” This means the illegal substances were in a place, which is either controlled by you or can be easily reached by you. First you get arrested and make bail and then you may have to wait for the lab results from DPS lab.

Remember; drug possession charges can have serious implications. You might have to go to jail and pay hefty fines. In fact police may seize your car or other property. Also; drug possession charges may follow you with a criminal record.

In some instances state jail felony cases can be reduced to a misdemeanor. If the defense lawyer can mitigate evidences and if the prosecutor agrees to it, state jail felony may be reduced to a misdemeanor.

Keep in mind the judge may not sentence you to probation if in case you have been convicted of a previous felony, or if in case you have violated an earlier probation sentence. In those cases, it is up to the judge to decide whether you go to jail or get probation.

Legally speaking; drug possession cases get complicated very quickly. Get in touch with experienced defense lawyer for a consultation on your Texas drug possession charge.

Only a skilled attorney will be able to walk your through the facts of your case and can provide you with the best defense options.

 

Prescription Fraud

Legal Brief

Prescription Fraud

Prescription Fraud Prosecutions

By: John Teakell

Attorney-at-Law

Dallas, TX

Charges in both State and Federal courts where a person fills a forged prescription, phony prescription, or chooses to change what they were prescribed.

I. Generally

“Prescription Fraud” as it is commonly known, is obtaining controlled substances (illegal drugs) in a fraudulent manner by the use of a doctor’s prescription. Prescription fraud cases can be prosecuted in state or federal court depending on the complexity of the underlying activities, yet most of these cases are prosecuted in state court as a charge of obtaining controlled substances by fraud or a similar charge.

More complex fraudulent prescription fraud cases, such as a continual scheme to obtain controlled substances, or large volumes in numbers of prescriptions used, could result in a conspiracy charge or fraud scheme charged in federal court. These federal cases are to be distinguished from large numbers or unnecessary prescriptions given by a physician, known as “pill mill” cases. A pill mill is the name given to a physician’s office or clinic wherein doctors and other health care workers are accused of providing prescriptions for pain medications where there is no medical necessity.

II. Typical Prescription Fraud

The more-common prescription fraud case involves an individual who obtains controlled substances without a legitimate prescription, or the individual obtains more controlled substances than his/her prescription allows.

Another common variation of these prescription fraud cases includes obtaining prescriptions that, by themselves, would be legitimate; however, the patient obtaining the prescriptions is seeing several or numerous doctors, obtaining numerous prescriptions for the same, or same type of, substance without telling all the other doctors that he/she is seeing numerous doctors at the same time. Thus, the patient obtains numerous prescriptions that are issued by a physician, and the patient can obtain a lot more substances to feed his/her addiction, to create a high, or to sell the excess controlled substances. Often, the substances here are pain medication.

III. Types of Fraudulent Prescriptions

  • Altered prescriptions, that is, legitimate prescriptions with altered (increased) amounts of the substance to obtain additional amounts of legitimately prescribed drugs.
  • Stolen prescription forms from physicians’ offices that are written for fictitious patients.
  • Prescriptions to the real individual with forged doctor’s names.
  • Legitimate prescription forms from a physician with a different callback number where a co-conspirator “verifies” the prescription.
  • Calling in own prescriptions with their telephone number for a callback confirmation.
  • Computer-generated prescriptions for fictitious physicians.

IV. Indictments

Indictments charging criminal cases of prescription fraud are commonly prosecuted in state court as referenced above, and more complex schemes can be prosecuted in federal court.

The federal cases are charged as a violation of Title 21 of the United States Code, and state prosecutions are accomplished by a charge of Obtaining Controlled Substances by Fraud, or a similar charge. In state court in Texas, the statutes used for this prescription fraud are found in the Texas Health and Safety Code, §489.129.

Drug Trafficking – State Cases

Drug Trafficking State Penalties & Sentencing Guidelines

For more indepth information, case examples, and statues, see John Teakell’s Drug Trafficking & Possession Case Brief and Steroid & HGH Drug Trafficking Case Brief. For a quick overview of cocaine, heroin, marijuana trafficking sentences, jail time, and punishments, see below.

Cocaine Trafficking Charges

  • 500 – 4999 gm mixture
  • First Offense Cocaine Trafficking – Not less than 5 yrs, and not more than 40 yrs. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 or more than life. Fine of not more than $2 million if an individual, $5 million if not an individual.
  • Second Offense Cocaine Trafficking – Not less than 10 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if not an individual.
  • 5 kgs or more mixture
  • First Offense Cocaine Trafficking – Not less than 10 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 or more than life. Fine of not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if not an individual.
  • Second Offense Cocaine Trafficking – Not less than 20 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $8 million if an individual, $20 million if not an individual.
  • If you or a loved one has been accused of drug trafficking charges contact drug trafficking defense attorney John Teakell for your 100% free consultation by submitting your information here. If you are only researching the topic, continue below.

Heroin Trafficking Charges

  • 100 – 999 gms mixture
  • First Offense Heroin Trafficking – Not less than 5 yrs, and not more than 40 yrs. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 or more than life. Fine of not more than $2 million if an individual, $5 million if not an individual.
  • Second Offense Heroin Trafficking – Not less than 10 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if not an individual.
  • 1 kg or more
  • First Offense Heroin Trafficking – Not less than 10 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 or more than life. Fine of not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if not an individual.
  • Second Offense Heroin Trafficking – Not less than 20 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $8 million if an individual, $20 million if not an individual.

Marijuana Trafficking Charges

  • 1,000 kg or more mixture; or 1,000 or more plants
  • First Offense Marijuana Trafficking – Not less than 10 years, not more than life. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 years, not more than life. Fine not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if other than an individual.
  • Second Offense Marijuana Trafficking – Not less than 20 years, not more than life. If death or serious injury, mandatory life. Fine not more than $8 million if an individual, $20 million if other than an individual.
  • 100 to 999 kg mixture; or 100 to 999 plants
  • First Offense Marijuana Trafficking – Not less than 5 years, not more than 40 years. If death or serous injury, not less than 20 years, not more than life. Fine not more than $2 million if an individual, $5 million if other than an individual.
  • Second Offense Marijuana Trafficking – Not less than 10 years, not more than life. If death or serious injury, mandatory life. Fine not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if other than an individual.

Drug Trafficking – Federal Cases

Drug Trafficking Federal Cases

OVERVIEW OF DRUG TRAFFICKING PROSECUTIONS IN FEDERAL COURT

By John Teakell, Attorney-at-Law

Dallas, TX

I. Introduction

Traditionally, cases prosecuted in federal court were either larger, complex drug trafficking cases, or white-collar crime offenses. This is still true today, although there are a variety of federal offenses prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the U.S. Department of Justice. Other such cases include public corruption, computer/Internet crimes, weapons offenses, immigration fraud or smuggling, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Drug trafficking cases with large quantities of controlled substances (illegal drugs) continue to account for a significant percentage of federal cases, and defendants prosecuted federally for drug cases account for a large portion of inmates in federal correctional facilities.

Federal prosecutions differ greatly from most prosecutions in state courts, and this writing highlights those differences, and it outlines the significant issues that a defendant or his attorney will encounter when defending a drug trafficking case in federal court. Many people are aware of the fact that sentences are harsher in federal court, yet they are not familiar with the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide a “point system” for defendants convicted in federal court. The Sentencing Guidelines calculations are based to a large degree on the quantity for which a defendant is deemed responsible. Also, such drug cases in federal court are more complex due the number of persons involved, the sizeable quantities involved, the length of investigation time, the amount of government resources dedicated to the investigation, and therefore, the discovery evidence that a defendant and his federal counsel are entitled to see upon indictment.

Federal drug cases usually are the result of an investigation that covers a variety of investigative techniques and that produces various evidence. Examples include telephone records, recorded conversations, surveillance, trash “runs,” and sometimes, wire-tap investigations (involving a judge-authorized recording of telephone conversations of targets of the investigation).

Also, conspiracy charges are the norm in federal drug indictments, as there are usually various persons involved in the trafficking of large quantities of illegal substances, and a conspiracy charge allows federal prosecutors to include targets who have a lesser role in the trafficking scheme.

II. Charges and Statutes

a. Drug Charges

Drug trafficking offenses and charges of possession of drugs with intent to distribute are found in Title 21 of the United States Code. Most drug trafficking statutes for federal prosecution are in Title 18 U.S. Code §841, and conspiracy to commit one of these drug offenses is listed in Title 18 U.S. Code §846. Another federal statute used in federal drug prosecutions is using a communication device to facilitate or further a drug trafficking offense, commonly known as a “telephone count.” This communication device offense is located within Title 18, U.S. Code §843.

Often, money laundering charges are included in a federal drug trafficking Indictment, as well as asset forfeiture provisions regarding certain real or personal properties allegedly acquired through proceeds of the sale of illegal drugs.

b. Other Charges Often Used in Federal Drug Trafficking Cases

1.Gun Charges

Weapons charges are very commonly used in drug case Indictments in federal court, usually resulting in additional counts in the Indictment. One such gun charge is based upon handguns, rifles or shotguns that are used or carried during the course of a drug trafficking case. See Title 18 U.S. Code §924(c). This statute allows federal prosecutors to indict on additional charges (thus, potentially making the sentence even more severe) even if the gun is not brandished or pointed at a person. The “924(c)” charge only requires proof that the defendant used or carried the weapon during the drug trafficking felony, which may be based upon having a handgun, shotgun or rifle in the vicinity of the activities.

2. Money Laundering

Money laundering is basically defined as making a transaction with proceeds of a criminal activity when knowing that these proceeds “derive” or originate from, a criminal activity. Classic money laundering was/is accomplished in order to try to conceal the fact that the monies produced were the result of criminal offenses. Thus, money laundering charges are quite common for federal drug trafficking cases, as often the large quantities of controlled substances yield substantial profits from sales, which are invested in real estate or businesses, or are attempted to be hidden in certain bank accounts. The “traditional” money laundering statute found in the federal criminal code is located at 18 U.S. Code §1956.

Actually, pursuant to 18 U.S. Code §1957, just conducting some kind of transaction, where a purchase or simply a transfer into another account, with proceeds known to be from criminal activity, can be prosecuted as money laundering in federal court.

III. Investigations

  • a. Informants/Cooperators
  • b. Searches and Seizures
  • c. Telephone Records
  • d. Trash Runs
  • e. Wire Tap Investigations
  • f. Other Recorded Conversations
  • g. Surveillance
  • h. Transactions
  • i. Drug Ledgers
  • j. Photographs
  • k. Large Amounts of Cash
  • l. Bank records
  • m. Real estate records

IV. Informants

Persons who cooperate with the government in the prosecution of federal drug trafficking cases may be categorized as “informants,” “confidential sources,” or “cooperators.” An informant is a person who may or may not have criminal charges pending, with charges that are pending or a criminal case that is forthcoming against him.

A confidential source is usually a person who provides a one-time debriefing or information on a limited basis. A cooperator is a generic term, but it usually means that the person is cooperating because of a case that is pending and he is trying to obtain a sentence reduction. The cooperator’s assistance may be in the form of providing historical information about the target’s activities and/or in the form of active cooperation. Active cooperation usually means participating in a transaction for illegal drugs with the government’s knowledge and consent, in order to help make cases on the targets.

V. Indictments

An Indictment in federal court is the official charge(s) or allegations against a defendant, and the Indictment may contain one or several charges or “counts” against the person, who is the subject of the case. The federal prosecutor’s office, the United States Attorney’s Office, submits a set of proposed charges against the defendant to a federal grand jury, which must find that there is probable cause before it “returns” an Indictment.

In most every federal drug case, conspiracy is charged, as there are usually two or more persons who are the targets of the investigation. If the U.S. Attorney’s Office believes the evidence will prove that these people acted in concert to distribute controlled substances (illegal drugs), the conspiracy charge will be utilized. The conspiracy charge is often used to try to obtain convictions of those who were minor participants.

VI. Conspiracy

  • a. Agreement Between Two (2) or More Persons to Commit an Illegal Act
  • b. Used Almost 100% of the Time in Federal Cases
  • c. Can Be Responsible for the Acts of Co-Conspirators
  • d. Can Be Convicted Even if You Committed No Overt Acts
  • e. Defendant May Not Know Others in the Alleged Conspiracy

VII. Pre-Indictment Representation

If a person learns that he or she is the target of a federal drug investigation, then he or she needs to obtain experienced representation so the attorney can discuss the status of the investigation and evidence. Contact with the U.S. Attorney’s Office on behalf of the client/defendant may prevent the target/defendant from being arrested without notice, and contact with the U.S. Attorney’s Office will let the client/defendant learn the focus of the federal drug investigation and the U.S. Attorney’s belief of this person’s role in the conspiracy or offense.

VIII. Detention Versus Bond

a. Detained in Federal System if Flight Risk or Danger to Community

1) Danger to community can be the concern that a defendant may return to drug trafficking while on conditions of release;

2) Risk of flight can be neutralized by presenting evidence of “ties to the community” including family, employment, and residence.

b. Federal Statute Makes a Presumption in Drug Trafficking Cases That a Defendant Should Be Detained Without a Bond

1) This presumption can be rebutted with evidence that the defendant is not a danger to the community or a flight risk;

2) Many defendants are detained without a bond in federal drug trafficking cases.

c. The federal detention statutes are found at Title 18, U.S. Code, §3142.

IX. Federal Court System

See Federal Criminal Process on this site for an explanation of the federal court system as it relates to criminal cases.

X. Cooperation

Cooperation is “built in” to the federal system in the sense that cooperating defendants can indeed be rewarded for substantial cooperation in the form of a reduced sentence. Persons who cooperate will work toward any of these motions filed by the federal prosecutor’s office (U.S. Attorney’s Office): Downward Departure Motion, Motion for a Variance, or a Motion for Sentence Reduction.

Cooperation in federal criminal cases focuses on 1) testifying against those charged in the cooperator’s Indictment; 2) testifying against those in other Indictments; and/or 3) providing information or active cooperation to create a new investigation or Indictment against another person(s).

Defendants who want to attempt to cooperate to lessen their sentences will usually meet with the U.S. Attorney’s Office with their attorney, whether prior to indictment or after, to provide their information for the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the case agents to evaluate the usefulness of that information. Providing this information to the government is referred to as a “proffer.”

If it appears that the U.S. Attorney agrees that this information will assist the United States in its prosecutions, then the government will go forward and use the information and/or have the cooperating defendant actively cooperate.

If the defendant substantially cooperates, then the U.S. Attorney will eventually file a motion to lower the defendant’s sentence. This is either the Downward Departure Motion, or a Motion for a Variance, which asks the court to vary from the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines recommended range of punishment.

XI. Sentencing

Unlike State court cases, sentencing in federal cases is more of a formal process that requires the judge to pass sentence. There is no traditional plea-bargaining that exists in State court, i.e., no negotiations for probation or the minimum time to serve. Instead, there is a “point system” based upon the quantity of illegal drugs for which the defendant is responsible, as well as other enhancements that add points. These other enhancements commonly are: 1) use of or carrying a weapon, and 2) organizer/leader/manager of a group of persons.

These sentencing guidelines and the recommendations are found in the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Manual. The points are determined by the court and points are deducted for pleading guilty and accepting responsibility. The net offense level is determined and the grid for recommended imprisonment is found at the Sentencing Table, which has ranges in imprisonment listed in months, such as 87 – 108 months incarceration.

XII. Sentence Reduction

If the United States Attorney moves the court to lower the sentence of a defendant for substantial cooperation, the court will most likely grant the motion. Then the question becomes how much of a reduction will the court make.

The court can vary from the recommended U.S. Sentencing Guidelines range by motion of either party or on its own.

Also, if a defendant cooperated substantially, but that cooperation did not produce results (new investigations or indictments) until after the cooperator was sentenced, then the United States Attorney can then file a Motion for Sentence Reduction. The judge will then bring the defendant back to court to re-sentence the defendant based upon the cooperation. A sentence reduction motion functions like a Downward Departure motion, only it is filed and addressed after-the-fact. A sentence reduction motion is governed by Rule 35 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.

Drug Possession

Drug Possession

There is a fine legal line between drug possession charges and possession with intent to distribute, or PWID, (narcotics including heroin, cocaine, methampetamines and marijuana). These determining factors usually lie in: a) manner the drug is stored, b) amount of money found, c) scale or other narcotic distribution products, and most importantly e) the amount of narcotics found at the scene. However, excluding individual circumstances, many states have incorporated mandatory minimum sentencing for drug possession convictions.

Any past drug convictions, the quantity of drugs found, and the type of drugs, usually dictate the severity of the charge(s) to be levied. Drugs that pose a greater risk to the individual are normally treated with greater legal penalties. For example, an arrest for marijuana should result in less severe charges than someone arrested with heroin. If the narcotics were suspected to be sold to minors, then penalties are generally more strict than normal; this includes possession of narcotics near a school, daycare, or even a university.

Many people believe that drug possession is a simple, minor crime. However, police, DEA, and other law enforcement agencies as well as state and federal laws treat the crime quite seriously. If convicted of drug possession, one might face jail time, fines, mandatory treatment and education concerning drug and alcohol abuse, justice fees, and loss of a driver’s license (dependant on the aforementioned circumstances).

Drug Possession Statistics – 2006

According to The Texas Crime Report for 2006, drug possession arrests in 2006 were estimated as 126,564, a 9.5% increase from 2005. Drug possession arrests consisted of:

  • 52% Marijuana
  • 29% Cocaine or Opium
  • 11% Other
  • 8% Synthetic Narcotics
  • Of those arrested for drug possession:
  • 7% were juveniles
  • 80% were male
  • 70% were caucasian
  • 30% were black
  • 28% were Hispanic

The age group constituting the greatest number of arrested were 20 – 24 years of age.

If you or a loved one has been accused of alleged drug possession contact drug possession attorney John Teakell for your 100% free confidential consultation by submitting your information here.

Controlled Substances By Doctors

Prescription Fraud by Medical Professionals

Drug trafficking conspiracy cases are commonly prosecuted in federal court, but cases of doctor’s prescriptions for pain medications are not the usual conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Often the pattern of drug conspiracies reveals local traffickers who are recruited to assist in the chain of distribution from the border of the United States to destinations much farther away. However, “pill mill” cases are prosecuted by the United States Attorney where physicians are accused of providing prescriptions for hydrocodone and other pain medications where there is no medical necessity and not within the usual course of practice. Often these cases are prosecuted in federal court, yet some are prosecuted in the state district courts by the local District Attorney.

Roles and Accusations

The more-common scheme or conspiracy includes a physician, or physicians, often from pain management clinics, who prescribe many prescriptions to patients with a significantly higher amount of pain pills per prescription than normally found within a medical practice. Others who are accused are the doctor’s staff, and possibly a pharmacist or pharmacists. If staff members are accused as part of the conspiracy, the accusations usually are that the staff assisted in scheduling patients for continued visits, knowing that there are very high levels of pain medications being prescribed.

Also, allegations in such a conspiracy can include: mass marketing of the clinic; cash payments required for visits; tests conducted on the patients that are not necessary; diagnosis that are incorrect in order to justify giving the pain medications and at the level prescribed; and false urine test results to also justify the medication levels.

Pharmacists can be charged when: 1) they are filling prescriptions that have no medical value due to the overly high dosage rates; 2) the pharmacist is filling the prescription for someone else, although it is not in that person’s name; 3) the prescription is altered to reflect a higher dosage; and 4) the prescription has been altered in some other manner. If a pharmacist is targeted as a person involved in the conspiracy, he may be filling prescriptions that he knows are not correct dosages.

Charges for Pill Mill Cases

Pill mill cases are frequently charged as federal criminal offenses by the U.S. Attorney’s Office as Conspiracies to Distribute Controlled Substances. Controlled substances charges are in Title 21 of the United States Code. Also, Money Laundering is charged where the proceeds of the physician’s clinics, or of the pharmacies, are used to purchase assets and where the proceeds are deposited into a financial institution or brokerage account. Money Laundering charges are found in Title 18 of the United States Code, Sections 1956 and 1957.

Criminal Indictments

Indictments charging criminal tax evasion or tax fraud sometimes contain forfeiture provisions, as do Indictments for other cases in federal court. A forfeiture provision provides that an order of forfeiture is granted if the defendant(s) are found guilty of the charges, thereby giving the U.S. Attorney’s Office the ability to seize and forfeit property that was purchased, or partially purchased, with illegally obtained monies. Also, these forfeiture orders usually contain a “substitute assets” provision, allowing the U.S. Attorney to seize other assets that the defendant owns that does not have a mortgage or lien, in order to forfeit them for the government’s benefit, with the proceeds of the sale going to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Criminal Investigations for Prescription Drug Related Offenses

Investigations are document intense and include numerous records that the agents compile after: 1) subpoenas are issued and served for bank records and other records, such as records of real estate purchases and other asset acquisitions; 2) search warrant executions of businesses, residences, and safe deposit boxes; 3) a financial analysis of the defendant related to his financial condition and the amount of assets he owns or controls; and 4) records of straw acquisitions by others who may hold assets for the defendant so the does not have certain properties in his name.

Sentencing

Any person convicted of tax evasion, tax fraud or other similar charges in federal courts related to prescription drug fraud is subject to the same type of sentencing as in other federal cases. These sentencings are influenced greatly by the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, taking into consideration the recommendation punishment range from the calculations of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

 

What Counts as Evidence for Intent to Distribute Drugs in Texas

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What Counts As Evidence For Intent To Distribute Drugs In Texas?

Have you or has a loved one been charged with intent to distribute drugs? Watch our FREE video and find out more about what you need to know.

What kinds of intent to distribute are there?

Basically, two categories. If you have evidence that the person had made arrangements to receive a controlled substance, an illegal drug, and then he was going to turn around and sell it or give it to someone, that would be a deliver or distribution, as it’s called. If, however, there is evidence the person was going to break it down into smaller quantities and distribute it – such as it being in small containers or small baggies – that would be a delivery, or the intent to deliver, charge.

Does Quantity Affect the Charges?

Case law has developed in state court that if you are found with a certain quantity, that is beyond a personal use, then that itself can be used as evidence against the person. In other words, if the officer or arresting agent, acting as an expert witness, testified that the person was found in possession of an amount that was far beyond the amount likely to be obtained for personal use, the state can submit that as evidence the defendant had it in his or her possession with the intention of distributing it.

What Should I Do If I’ve Been Accused of Intent to Distribute?

The first thing I would recommend, even before engaging in an interview with an officer, is to hire a lawyer. You’re going to need someone who can go in and speak with the officers and the district attorney’s office to find out what kind of evidence they have against you and to try and either talk them out of prosecuting or begin preparing a defense.

Can Attorney John R. Teakell Help Me with My Intent to Distribute Case?

Yes! Attorney John R. Teakell has served as both a federal and state prosecutor and knows their tactics. He has years of experience defending people just like you and has a team of highly qualified experts who will do the research, locate and interview the witnesses, and help to assemble a case on your behalf.

Don’t Wait!

The worst thing you can do when it comes to your case is wait to call. The longer you wait, the more time it gives the prosecution to put together a case against you and the more difficult it becomes for your legal team to assemble the evidence and witnesses they need to give you your best possible outcome. Contact us today!