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How is the crime of intent to distribute proven?

If you have been accused of a drug-related crime, it may feel frustrating if you believe that there is no proof. Unfortunately, law enforcement officials are equipped to make assumptions about what your intentions are with a drug based on the quantity you have in your possession.

It is important to understand how the law works in the state of Ohio so that you can successfully defend yourself from a drug charge. The following are some of the most common questions about being accused of having the intent to distribute drugs.

Can I be charged with intent to distribute when I don't have drugs on my possession?

If law enforcement officials believe that you intend to buy drugs and then distribute them afterward, they cannot automatically charge you with intent to distribute. Your intent to distribute must coincide with being found in the possession of a significant amount of drugs.

How can I defend myself against an intent to distribute charge?

One of the best ways that you can defend yourself is by showing that you were never in possession of drugs. You can do this by showing that the drugs found did not belong to you. Alternatively, you may be able to show that the drugs you possessed were only for personal use.

What other evidence can contribute to an intent to distribute charge?

If large amounts of money, or if drug paraphernalia is also found, this can contribute to the evidence. You may be able to defend yourself by arguing that the lack of such evidence suggests that you did not have the intent to distribute drugs.

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