Drug charges can come with serious consequences, but nothing boosts the stakes quite like an accusation that you planned on selling. Things can quickly rise into the felony realm, and there doesn’t even need to be evidence of a sale.

The law explicitly prohibits selling, delivering and distributing drugs, but it doesn’t stop there. It also makes illegal the intent to perform those actions, so you could be convicted of intent without any money ever changing hands. The state will need to show that you did intend to sell, and that usually happens by providing a range of evidence to prove your plans.

Pinning plans

There are a few ways the state can try to show intent:

  • Witness testimony: The police may bring in people that are familiar with the arrest to testify that you were planning on doling out drugs. They may also bring in expert witnesses who will look to strengthen the claims against you.
  • Possession amounts: The courts may see the amount of drugs discovered as playing a large role. If you have a little bit on you, it may not warrant much attention. If the police find you with amounts weighing up into ounces or even pounds, the state may assume you have so much because you’re looking to move it.
  • Accessories: If you’ve got the necessary tools on hand to distribute drugs, then you could be looking at a charge of intent. Scales, bags and money might be excusable items on their own, but you may be in trouble if the prosecution can show it was all intertwined.

The mere intent to break drug laws can be illegal, so make sure you’re ready to face that charge if it comes up. It’s far from impossible for the state to prove, so make sure you know what details you might be up against once you’re in court.