Possession v. Possession with Intent

It is important for anyone arrested on drug charges to understand the difference between possession and possession with intent.

Possession is the crime of having any amount of an illegal drug, narcotic, or controlled substance in your possession. Possession with intent is the crime of not only having an illegal drug in your possession, but also intending to do something with that drug, such as sell it, distribute it, manufacture it, etc.

Drug possession is a serious offense, and can result in numerous penalties upon conviction, including incarceration, probation, large fines, mandatory drug treatment, and more. Drug possession is a felony offense, unless you were caught with a small amount of marijuana in your possession for personal use, in which case you will be charged with a misdemeanor. However, possession of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, Ecstasy, LSD, or any other illegal drug or narcotic will be charged as a felony, regardless of the quantity.

Possession with intent is more serious offense. In the eyes of the police, prosecution, and judge, not only did you break the law by possessing an illegal drug, but you are also perpetuating illegal drug use by selling, manufacturing, cultivating, or delivering illegal drugs. This warrants stricter penalties, including longer prison sentences, steeper fines, extended probation, and more.

Hire a Michigan Drug Possession Defense Lawyer!

Whether you have been charged with possession or with possession with intent, it is important to hire an experienced and aggressive Michigan drug possession attorney to represent you in court. A knowledgeable defense attorney will know the best way to address your charges and what strategies will be most effective in negating the evidence to get the charges reduced, have the case thrown out, or to win in court. Often times, the difference between being charged with possession versus possession with intent is the presence of drug paraphernalia, such as scales, baggies, large rolls of cash, beepers, or any other items that police can use as evidence to establish your intent. At the Law Offices of Freedman & Freedman, you can trust our dedicated legal team to fight back against the prosecution, and work diligently to help you overcome your charges to avoid a life-changing conviction!

If you are interested in learning more about the defense services offered at the Law Offices of Freedman & Freedman, please do not hesitate to fill out a free case evaluation or simply click here to contact a dedicated Michigan drug possession lawyer at the office today!