The charge of possession with intent to distribute is a felony in Georgia. There are two essential elements of this charge:
- Possession of the drug
- Intent to sell or distribute
Officers and prosecutors take several factors into consideration when charging someone with this offense, including the amount of the drug in question and the presence or absence of items that would be used for sale or distribution.
Indicators of Distribution
The presence of certain items could lead police to establish probable cause that you had intent to distribute the drug in your possession—even if you only had a small amount.
Indicators may include:
- Plastic baggies
- Large amounts of cash
A conviction for possession with intent to distribute can be devastating to your future. Because this offense is a felony, you may be sentenced to time in prison and will be branded a convicted felon for the rest of your life. This could make it difficult to secure employment, housing or even a loan.