Attempted Drug Sales
The attempt to sell illegal drugs is a felony. In a federal court, the prosecution does not even have to prove that an individual sold these controlled substances—the only proof needed is the intention to sell. The attempt to sell can be proven by several factors, including but not limited to:
- Drug packaging
- Weighing scales
- Cutting agents
- People coming to/going from a specific location
- Fortified entry points, windows
- Conversations with police informants
- Undercover officers
- Wiretapped phone conversations
Penalties for drug-related offenses can be quite severe. They range from imprisonment in a county jail or state prison to the payment of large fines. The gravity of the punishment for the attempted sale of drugs is determined by factors such as:
- Type and quantity of the drugs involved
- Whether the drugs were for personal use or for sale
- If the defendant has a criminal record, especially prior drug convictions.*
*If a defendant is on his or her second offense for the sales of controlled substances, there is a minimum 3 year enhancement for the prior sales conviction. This term is added to the time or sentence of the drug charge currently being served.
The attempted sale of drugs and its corresponding penalties are case-to-case. Therefore, it is best to hire a skilled drug crimes attorney if you ever find yourself in such a situation. The consequences of a drug charge are life-changing, so it is important to seek the legal expertise of a knowledgeable drug charge defense attorney if you are being investigated for attempted drug sales. At the Joe Shemaria Law Firm, we have extensive experience in criminal defense and federal court rooms. We can ensure that your rights are protected, especially in drug-related cases. Call and talk to a drug sale charge criminal defense lawyer today for a free consultation.