In Texas, drug offenses carry serious consequences. While you might know the risks of possessing drugs, you might not understand that the police can charge you with intent to sell drugs even if they have not recorded any actual sales.
Knowing what leads to this charge can help if you find yourself facing it.
Quantity of drugs
The controlled substances you have can determine the charges you face. If you have more than what someone might typically use personally, the police may believe you intend to distribute them. For instance, a few marijuana joints suggest personal use, but several pounds of marijuana can raise suspicions.
Presence of paraphernalia
Finding items often linked to drug distribution during a search can lead to an intent to sell charge. Items such as scales, baggies, large amounts of cash or multiple cell phones, especially when found with drugs, can suggest potential distribution.
The police might use evidence from your phone or online communications to suggest drug-selling activity. Text messages discussing prices, quantities or meeting places can support an intent-to-sell charge.
Location and behavior
Your location and actions at the time of an arrest can also influence charges. If you are in an area known for drug sales or involve yourself in activities associated with drug dealing, like frequent short meetings with different individuals, you might face increased scrutiny.
Having prior drug offenses, especially those related to distribution or sales, can make the police more likely to charge you with intent to sell when they find you with drugs again, no matter the quantity.
If the Texas police charge you with intent to sell drugs, stay calm and avoid giving information without a good reason. Remember and assert your rights, such as your right to remain silent.