If you are charged with drug possession or distribution in Washington D.C., The Flynn Law Firm PLLC is here for your defense case. Your specific case may range from simple possession, the intent to distribute scheduled drugs, or actual distribution. While simple possession is most often a misdemeanor charge, intent to distribute or distribution of scheduled drugs are felony charges. The specifics of your case may vary, and it is important to contact a defense attorney immediately to begin working on the best solution for your case.
As of 2015, Washington D.C. allows individuals who are at least 21 years old to have legal possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana, to gift up to 1 ounce of marijuana, or to grow up to 6 marijuana plants for personal use.
About Washington D.C. Drug Charges
Misdemeanor Drug Charges
A misdemeanor drug charge in Washington D.C. occurs when the defendant is found in knowing possession of a measurable amount of a scheduled drug (excluding PCP, which is a felony). This type of possession shows that there was no intent to distribute the illegal substance. Even if the defendant is unable to determine the type of substance they possess, they may still be charged with simple possession if it is proved that they were knowingly in possession of a controlled substance.
The maximum penalty for simple possession is 6 months in jail, and/or a fine of $1,000.
Felony Drug Charges
A felony drug charge in Washington D.C. is made when the defendant manufactures, distributes, or has the intent to distribute an illegal controlled substance. Additionally, any possession of PCP (phencyclidine) is a felony with a maximum of a 3-year jail sentence and/or a fine of up to $3,000.
- Felony distribution charges occur when the government has irrefutable proof that the defendant was actively transferring controlled substances.
- Possession with Intent to Distribute charges result from a defendant being in possession of a controlled substance with the intention of distributing, even if they are not arrested in the act of distribution. The government must simply prove the intention to distribute for this charge to be made.
Neither Distribution and Possession with Intent to Distribute a controlled substance charges rely on the defendant expecting monetary gains for the transaction. This means that both charges can include situations where two or more parties are sharing drugs in a social setting with no financial transactions taking place.
Finding a defense attorney for Washington D.C Drug Charges
Whether you are charged with simple possession, intent to distribute, or distribution of a controlled substance, a drug charge in Washington D.C. can have serious implications for your criminal record. It is important to find a strong defense attorney to identify the best course of action and achieve the best possible outcome for your case. The Flynn Law Group will provide you with a free consultation to understand the details of your situation, and determine the best steps for your situation.