Possession with Intent Lawyers in Savannah
Over a Decade of Experience
A conviction for possession with intent can have a devastating impact on you and your family. If you have been arrested for this crime, be sure to immediately consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. When you work with The Lerch Law Firm, our Savannah possession with intent attorneys can help you understand your rights and options during this time. We have over a decade of experience helping people in similar situations obtain reduced sentences and case dismissals.
We fight for “not guilty” verdicts. Call (912) 417-5008 now to get a strong legal advocate on your side.
When Charges Can Be Upgraded to Possession with Intent
Typically, if you only have a small quantity of a controlled substance in your possession for personal use, you will be charged with simple possession. However, when there is a significant amount of the drug in question, the charge can be upgraded to possession with intent. Other factors that may lead to upgraded charges include the presence of scales, small plastic bags, and a large number of cases when law enforcement found the drugs.
The Consequences of Possession with Intent
Penalties for simple possession are serious enough on their own. Yet, if you are convicted for possession with intent, your sentence can be increased substantially, potentially leading to years of imprisonment and thousands of dollars in fines. In addition, you will have a felony on your permanent record that will likely impact many future endeavors, such as getting a job, renting an apartment, or traveling outside of the U.S.
The specific punishment for possession with intent depends on several factors, including:
- The type of controlled substance
- The amount of controlled substance in your possession
- Whether or not the police found drug paraphernalia
- Any previous drug-related offenses
The range of penalties for possession with intent involving Schedule I and II drugs – those that have the most potential for abuse and dependence and have no recognized medicinal use – is between five and 30 years in prison for a first offense. Second and subsequent offenses can result in a 10 to 40-year prison sentence or even life. When the crime involves Schedule III, IV, and V drugs, the penalty is one to 10 years in prison.
Building a Strong Defense
With so much at stake, it is crucial that you work with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you fight your charges. Obtaining a case dismissal, or even a reduction of charges, never comes easy, especially with felony drug charges as serious as these.
At The Lerch Law Firm, our Savannah possession with intent lawyers have the knowledge and resources to help craft a strategic defense to protect your rights and future. We have successfully handled thousands of cases, won many jury trials, and are not afraid to go head-to-head with the most renowned prosecutors.
Do not wait to call (912) 417-5008 to schedule your free initial case review. The sooner you call, the sooner we can start formulating an effective strategy.
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