A person might be arrested on charges of drug possession, but that by no means amounts to a conviction. You need to be able to fight for your rights, especially if you are being charged with PWID, which stands for possession of drugs with intent to deliver. This carries a much more severe sentence that a simple possession charge.
What Is the Difference?
There is a drastic difference between possession and PWID. If you get caught with a small amount of marijuana, then you may only be facing a misdemeanor charge for possession. Possession of harder drugs such as heroin or cocaine often brings felony charges even if it is your first offense. However, if the court believes you intended to sell or distribute drugs found on your person, even marijuana, then you will be facing felony charges no matter what the drug is.
How Are They Differentiated?
Many times, simple drug possession and PWID are only differentiated between how much of the drug was found. The courts believe that if a large amount is found, then you intended to distribute the drug. Occasionally, the type of drug found can also play a role in what charge you get.
What Are the Penalties?
A number of factors go into determining legal penalties, including whether this is a first offense and the variety of drug. Generally, a PWID conviction for LSD or marijuana will have a maximum sentence of five years and a fine of $10,000. A PWID conviction for cocaine, PCP or meth will often bring a maximum sentence of 10 years as well as a fine of $100,000. Finally, a heroin-related PWID conviction can bring a maximum sentence of 15 years and a fine for $250,000.
Drug charges can truly upend a life. You should fight the charges with a lawyer who has worked with criminal drug charges before. Sometimes a verdict of “Not Guilty” can be won, or at the very least, the charges can be reduced to drug possession, which is often just a misdemeanor.
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