Possession With The Intent To Distribute Drugs

Possession with the intent to distribute drugs is a relatively self explanatory charge. Like its State drug crime counterpart of trafficking drugs, possession with the intent to distribute drugs in Federal court carries a very serious penalty based on the amount of drugs involved. Because America has a very well known war on drugs, this charge is very common and very zealously prosecuted. More often than not, because there is almost always more than one active participant in the effort, the United States Attorney’s Office will tack on a conspiracy charge thereby casting a large net to bring in several actors in the criminal effort. Depending on the drug involved, the minimum weight providing for a minimum mandatory prison term could be very small. If you find yourself on the wrong side of a Federal target letter or indictment for possession with the intent to distribute drugs you must contact an experienced Federal criminal attorney immediately. Each criminal lawyer in our firm is experienced in handling this charge and we are familiar with the tactics used by the United States Attorney’s Office to aid their prosecution effort. We can help to preserve your case thereby giving you the best chance to defeat these allegations or if the evidence is overwhelming we can put you in the best possible position to mitigate any impending sentencing damage. You need an experienced attorney now more than ever. You need us.


This crime is found at Federal Statute 21 USC 841. This Federal Statute states that it is unlawful for any person to knowingly or intentionally possess with the intent to distribute drugs. A minimum sentence or sentencing possibility will depend upon the weight of the drugs alleged to have been possessed. If an individual has the minimum amount of the drug as called for in the sentencing portion of this statute, that person will face a minimum mandatory prison sentence of 5 years up to 40 years and a fine of up to $5,000,000. In our experience, this charge generally involves a minimum amount of drugs allowing for a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years and a $10,000,000 fine. Regardless of the amount of drugs involved, it’s a Federal charge and should be taken very seriously.


Each Federal criminal defense attorney at The Mayberry Law Firm has applied for and been accepted to be an attorney on the Middle District of Florida’s CJA panel for appointment of Federal criminal cases. In being a member of the Middle District’s CJA panel we consistently are appointed possession with the intent to distribute drugs cases and consequently are well versed in how to combat these charges or in the alternative, how to mitigate any damage brought about by the allegations. We know exactly how to help our clients to get the best possible result. We believe in attacking our cases at the earliest possible point so as to preserve evidence that could exonerate our clients or at a minimum will allow us to have our client as the first in line should cooperation be an acceptable way to reduce a sentence. We know what is necessary to effectively represent our clients in a Federal Courthouse. A Federal criminal allegation is as serious as it gets. You need a serious Federal criminal lawyer. The Federal criminal attorneys at The Mayberry Law Firm are available at 813-444-7435. Call us today for a free consultation.