Intent to Deliver
In Fort Worth, the D.A.s office generally decides to charge anyone with more than 4 grams of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Most often these cases are the result of an undercover cop buying meth or cocaine, or even marijuana. (A lot of cases I defend involve charges of selling meth.)
Intent to deliver is a state felony if the amount of the controlled substance is less than one gram and a 2nd degree felony if the amount is one to 4 grams. It’s a 1st degree felony if you are charged with holding more than 4 grams but less than 200 grams.
The penalties you face are extremely severe if you are caught with more than 200 grams – a prison term of not less than 10 years, up to life imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000. More than 400 grams and you’re facing 15 years in prison, minimum, and up to $250,000 in fines.
When you need to fight criminal charges for possession with intent to deliver, you need an aggressive, experienced defense lawyer. That’s what you get when you work with me, Patrick Curran. I’m a Fort Worth drug crimes defense lawyer with more than 25 years of experience. I’ve handled thousands of cases over the years, from both the prosecution and defense side of the aisle.
I represent many first-time offenders, including youth and young adults. But I also defend many people who have had run-ins with the law before, who have a chemical abuse or addiction problem themselves. Find out how I would approach your case. Call my Fort Worth law office for a free consultation: (817) 714-5529.
If you were charged with intent to deliver, the amount was relatively small and this is your first offense, a good defense could result in getting the charges against you dismissed. If this is not your first offense, I may be able to get you deferred adjudication.
This means that if you successfully complete the terms the court sets for you (which may or may not include drug treatment), your record can later be sealed (also called non-disclosure).
No one will know you faced criminal charges so it won’t interfere with college or job applications.
Many people who have a drug problem themselves wind up selling drugs in order to support their habit. Kicking drugs can be the beginning of a new life. If you don’t have insurance, drug treatment can be unaffordable. It’s a sad truth that many people who would like to put an end to their addiction can’t afford to get help.
I may be able to negotiate inpatient drug treatment free or cheap if you are on probation for a drug crime. Some of my clients think they don’t need treatment (often their parents think they do). I can tell you that a 90-day program and a 6-month intensive outpatient program may be far preferable to the prison time you could be facing.
Contact an Attorney
Learn more about your defense and diversion options. Call my Fort Worth law office at (817) 714-5529 or contact me online to schedule a free initial consultation.