If you are caught transporting a large quantity of drugs and prosecutors believe you intended to sell or distribute them, you can be charged with trafficking. It’s critical to remember that anything you say to the police can be used against you, which is why you should refuse to answer any questions after you have been arrested until your University City drug defense lawyer is present.
Transporting drugs in a car, truck, boat or any other vehicle is not a separate crime in itself (though you can always be charged with possession if you are found to be carrying an illegal substance), but if you are believed to be carrying the substance for the purpose of selling or distributing the drug, you can be charged with trafficking. Because making the distinction between a person’s personal stash and a quantity large enough to sell or distribute is often an arbitrary call on behalf of the prosecutor, your Del Mar drug attorney may be able to turn a trafficking charge into a possession charge by arguing that the drugs were solely for your own consumption.
Other factors beyond quantity that may be taken into account when determining whether or not to file trafficking charges will be whether or not you possessed packaging materials, scales and statements you made about the substances. Even if you mistakenly try to defend your possession of the drugs in a way that can be used as evidence for a trafficking charge, your La Jolla defense lawyer can still help you fight the charges -especially if he finds the police violated your constitutional rights in any manor during your arrest or the search of your property.
Sentencing for trafficking will vary based on the substance, the quantity found and your criminal record, but it is always a felony that cannot be reduced to a misdemeanor. In some cases, the charges may even be a federal crime because they involved the DEA or an international border crossing. Trafficking charges are a serious offense and should only be handled with the help of a top Solona Beach drug crimes attorney like Peter M. Liss. If you were caught transporting drugs, please call (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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