Utah is not known for light marijuana laws and penalties, much less for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. This felony offense can come with harsh consequences if a person receives a conviction. Given the widespread use of background checks, a felony conviction can have even more unintentional consequences. Future and prospects can be adversely affected, including those for employment, housing, or education.
Salt Lake City Defense Attorney for Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute
If you have been arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, it’s important to seek legal consultation early and begin building a solid defense strategy as soon as possible. Salt Lake City defense attorney Darren M. Levitt is dedicated to helping his clients fight for their futures and receive the most favorable outcome. By strategically pursuing potential weaknesses in the prosecution (including illegal search procedures, failure to read Miranda rights), Darren M. Levitt confidently defends his clients.
As a member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Legal Committee, Darren M. Levitt is actively involved in the effort for common sense legislation reform. He is dedicated to his client’s causes and is prepared to fight aggressively for yours. Call (801) 455-1743 or send an online message to discuss your Utah marijuana charges with Levitt Legal. The initial consultation is free and will provide you with enough information to make an informed decision about your future.
Classification of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute Offenses in Utah
Under Utah § 58-37-8 of the Utah Controlled Substances Act, it is unlawful for a person to knowingly and intentionally possess controlled substances with the intent to distribute. This also includes the agreement, consent, offer, or arrangement to distribute.
Classification for these offenses is as follows:
- It is a third (3rd) degree felony to offense for an individual to possess marijuana with intent to distribute
- It is a second (2nd) degree felony for a person to be engage in second or subsequent possession of marijuana with intent to distribute offense
Penalties for Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute in Utah
Utah § 58-37-8 of the Controlled Substances Act further defines applicable penalties for people convicted of this offense. Penalties for felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute include:
- Second Degree Felony – 1 to 15 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000
- Third Degree Felony – 0 to 5 years in prison and a fine up to $5,000
If a firearm has been found in connection with the offense, whether it was used, carried, or in the defendant was in possession of it during the offense, the court can add additional penalties. The court may require the person to complete an additional year to five years of incarceration consecutively with the original sentence (not concurrently).
Additionally, there may be enhanced penalties for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute in the presence of a minor, within 1,000 feet of schools, public parks, amusement parks, recreation centers, churches, and other areas designated as “drug free zones.”
Levitt Legal, PLLC || Possession with Intent to Distribute Lawyer in Salt Lake City
To learn more about your legal options, call (801) 455-1743. Darren M. Levitt will personally review your case, helping you understand the charges and available defense strategies. It’s best to call as soon as possible and begin building a strong defense strategy. This can help your attorney examine evidence, gather witness testimony, and launch a pro-active strategy to pursue a dismissed case or minimized sentencing.