On a federal and local level, drug sales crimes are handled with extreme seriousness. District attorneys work closely with numerous federal agencies and specialized drug crimes units to enforce laws, arrest offenders and gain as many convictions as possible. As arrests and convictions tend to improve the image of law enforcement agencies within the community, these crimes are aggressively pursued.
How Are Drug Sale Charges Prosecuted?
Sales charges do present some difficulty for prosecutors, as offenders must be caught in the act of selling an illicit substance. In order for prosecutors to convict a person for a drug sales charge, four elements must be established.
- The presence of a buyer and a seller
- A controlled substance is present and being sold
- An agreement of a price
- The consent of both parties and the performance or completion of a transaction
Prosecutors may also pursue charges of possession with the intent to sell, especially if large quantities of a drug are involved, as well as other incriminating evidence such as separate packaging of the drug, scales, large amounts of cash and others. Strong defense plans must focus on having these charges dismissed or reduced by presenting evidence that there was no actual sale or intent involved.
The important thing to remember is that an arrest does not automatically result in a conviction and anyone accused of drug sales should never resign themselves to pleading guilty or allowing their case to run its course. At Garretson & Toth, LLC, our legal team knows how large of a difference aggressive and experienced Olathe criminal defense representation can make in the outcome of cases, and we are prepared to defend you or your loved one in court.
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With a legal team comprised of Olathe criminal defense attorneys and former prosecutors, Garretson & Toth, LLC has the legal abilities to address whatever issues may arise during a sales case. In addition, our firm has tried hundreds of cases in both district and federal courts, and has no aversion to fighting on your behalf during the trial phase.
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