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Distribution and Intent to Distribute

In Georgia, the distribution and intent to distribute are considered a serious crime. Even if you are not caught in the act of distributing these substances, simply having large quantities in your possession or materials used for packaging them can be enough evidence to establish your intent to distribute. It is vital to understand the potential consequences of a drug distribution charge in Georgia, including the possibility of lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines.

Difference Between Drug Possession and Intent to Distribute in Georgia

Drug possession and intent to distribute are two different charges. Drug possession means that an individual has unlawfully possessed a controlled substance, such as a narcotic, without a valid prescription. On the other hand, a distribution charge in Georgia means that the individual had in mind the goal or purpose of selling, distributing, or trafficking the controlled substance. This is a more serious offense than drug possession and can result in felony charges. Selling drugs to others ruins the lives of individuals and damages communities. The effect of this crime is more widespread and harmful. 

Fighting Drug Distribution and Intent to Distribute Charges

The penalties for a drug crime in Georgia can be severe, including hefty fines and lengthy prison sentences. A defense lawyer can help you build a strong defense and work to reduce or dismiss the charges against you. It is important to note that in order to prove drug distribution charges, prosecutors must show that you intended to sell or distribute the drugs. They may try to show specific types of evidence such as a large amount of cash on hand or prepared  baggies of a controlled substance.  People are often charged with drug distribution simply for possessing large quantities of an illegal drug. 

Our attorneys are skilled defense attorneys and can rigorously defend you against such charges. We could argue that the drugs were for personal use and not intended for distribution. Other common defense strategies may include

  • The prosecution doesn’t have enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the crime of distribution
  • The prosecution’s evidence was obtained because of an illegal search and seizure.
  • The arresting officer did not have probable cause to arrest you in the first place.

The criminal defense lawyers at Phillips Carson Phillips can help challenge the legality of the search and seizure that led to the drug possession charges.

How Much of a Drug is Enough for a Distribution or Intent to Distribute Charge?

In Georgia, the amount of a drug that is considered enough for a distribution or intent to distribute charge varies depending on the specific substance. For example, the threshold for a cocaine distribution charge is 28 grams, while it is only 4 grams for heroin. However, these limits can vary based on the circumstances of the case. Other factors, such as the packaging, intent, and location of the drug can also influence the severity of the charge.

Contact a Savannah Criminal Defense Attorney

If you or someone you know has been accused of distribution or intent to distribute in Georgia, contact the skilled attorneys of Phillips Carson Phillips as soon as possible. Contact Phillips Carson Phillips by calling (912) 232-0081 or using our online contact form.: