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How do possession and intent to distribute charges differ?

Drug charges are serious legal matters that can impose severe repercussions on the lives of those in Tennessee who are forced to face them. Two significant drug charges that readers may sometimes confuse are drug possession and intent to distribute drugs. This post will address each and discuss the elements that must be present for convictions.

A possession charge requires that a person have drugs on their person or in a place where they have control. Such places can include but are not limited to the storage compartments in their cars, their homes and other places that the charged parties can access. Generally, in order to be convicted of a possession charge a person must know or should know that the drugs were on them or under their control.

Intent to distribute charges are similar to possession charges. A person must possess drugs to be charged with intent to distribute, but generally the amount of drugs in their control must be more than would be reasonable for one person to have. A person in possession of kilograms of drugs may be alleged to have intent to distribute, since such a high quantity of drugs would generally not be considered normal for personal use. The presence of drug selling paraphernalia may also be used as evidence of a person's intent to distribute drugs.

Possession and intent to distribute charges can derail Tennessee residents' lives and can lead to serious penalties like jail time. A strong defense strategy can help a person prepare a cogent argument against the drug charges they are facing.

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