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Possession with Intent to Sell in Las Vegas

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Most crimes and their subsequent arrests are based on what the police, or a credible witness, have actually seen with their own eyes or heard with their own ears. Possession with intent to sell charges in Nevada represent a unique gray area of the law in which people can be arrested for something that never happens, and may never have had a real chance of happening. In a way, possession with intent to sell arrests are based on what someone has allegedly thought, which could be viewed as an unlawful limitation to their own freedoms. Even if you were to walk around the city and claim that you wanted to sell some drugs, the police would be hard-pressed to find a valid reason to charge you. How can it be, then, that “your intentions” can be enough to get you convicted?

It is through intense cross-examinations and forcing the prosecution to think critically about what it is arguing that Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney David R. Fischer can defend you if you have been arrested for and charged with possession with intent to sell. As this charge is much more severe than simple possession crimes, you must take your case seriously and act quickly to begin defending yourself.

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What Shows Intent to Sell Drugs?

Possession with intent to sell drugs is a two-part crime. For the first half, the police need to prove that you were in possession of an illegal substance. This may be a relatively straightforward investigation and argument on their part. The complications of your case will arise once how they can prove you had the “intent to sell” the drugs in your possession is called into question. The state needs to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the crime for which you were charged; you do not need to prove that you did not.

In the past, prosecutors have tried to use the following evidence to show “intent to sell”:

  • Organization: Drugs that are neatly organized in separate containers and labeled with quantity amounts are often used as evidence that the possessor intended to also become a seller. Counterargument: there is nothing to show that the possessor was not simply an organized person who spaced out their own personal consumption into boxes and bags.
  • Quantity: If a quantity of drugs large enough for multiple people to use are discovered, the police may assume it was for sale. Counterargument: the possessor has collected enough of the substances for themselves to use over the course of weeks or years.
  • Currency: Police raise a brow when a suspect is found to be in possession of a large amount of cash, and they try to use it as evidence of successful sales. Counterargument: there are plenty of people who do not trust banks to hold their money and the possessor could be one of them.
  • Weaponry: Las Vegas law enforcement officers know that drug sales may be dangerous and could assume that if a possessor owns a firearm, they have engaged or will engage in a sale. Counterargument: the possessor believes in exercising their 2nd Amendment rights.

Keep the Criminal Justice System Honest Through a Fair Fight

The scales are weighted against you from the moment you are arrested, especially if it is for a vaguely defined charge like possession with intent to sell. If you want to be treated fairly in court, you need a heavy-hitting Las Vegas drug crime attorney from the Law Office of David R. Fischer. With outside-the-box defense strategies and a tenacious spirit, he can offer up the sturdy defense counsel you need now more than ever.

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