Common Student Drug Charges in New Haven
Possession, possession with intent to sell, and actual sale charges are common on college campuses and can lead to significant penalties. It is very important that a student charged with any of these offenses contact a student and criminal defense attorney.
In Connecticut, some of the most common drug-related charges are possession of a controlled substance or possession of a narcotic. In Connecticut, those offenses carry possible consequences of incarceration. There are things that can be done to limit that, but possession of a controlled substance or a narcotic can lead to criminal offenses and very often does.
In addition to mere possession, there are also charges of possession with intent to sell. In these circumstances, it is a much more serious offense. There are mandatory minimum jail times associated with certain types of crimes including with the possession with intent to sell.
Intent to Sell
Very often, the police will base an arrest for possession with intent to sell, based on what is called indicia of sale. Indicia of sale are things like the amount of money the person has on them in terms of cash and the denominations of that cash, and whether there are multiple cell phones.
They will also look at how a controlled substance or narcotic is packaged and whether there are other items, such as a scale or packaging materials like various bags of different sizes. The police will look to a number of factors to determine if they can charge the individual with possession with intent to sell. This determination is important because ultimately, it does lead to more serious charges, and in some situations, a charge that carries mandatory minimum jail time.
Sale of Narcotics
In addition to possession with intent to sell, there are charges for the actual sale of an illicit substance. The typical sale occurs when there is an exchange of a controlled substance or narcotics. Many times people believe that there needs to be an exchange for an actual monetary value or that there needs to be some sort of a trade. However, that is not the case in Connecticut. For purposes of a sale, there simply needs to be a transfer of a controlled substance or a narcotic to another individual. The state does not need to show that the transfer occurred for some cash value or some other essential trade.
If a sale encompasses far more than what the common belief is, and that is particularly problematic on college campuses. For example, an individual may have provided a friend, roommate, girlfriend, or a group of people with an amount of marijuana or other illicit narcotics, with the belief that this was not a sale. However, if they are caught by campus police or some other law enforcement force, the student could be facing possession and sale charges.
There are numerous consequences associated with the sale of a controlled substance or narcotics. This is a very serious offense that carries mandatory minimum time in jail in the case of a conviction.