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Drug trafficking is often problematically linked to total amounts

Drug possession charges should be taken seriously, but they're generally less seriously than charges for distribution or drug trafficking. The latter is a felony charge, and it can have a drastic impact on your future, along with higher fines and longer jail terms if convicted.

Considering the gap between the charges, you'd think it would take a lot to jump from one to the next. However, that's not always the case. The police don't necessarily have to catch you selling drugs to charge you with trafficking. They can often do it if you have a lot of drugs in your possession.

If you're caught with more than police think you'd use yourself, officers will then assume you were going to sell at least a portion. They may use connected evidence -- a large amount of cash that is also discovered, for instance -- to support this theory.

The potential problem here is that the police are still making assumptions. There could be a different explanation.

For example, maybe you and your friends all had a small amount of drugs. Individually, you'd have gotten no more than possession charges. However, before you all went out for the night, the group decided it'd be easier to keep track of everything if one person carried the drugs for the entire group. You volunteered.

You were never planning to sell. All of the drugs had already been purchased by your friends. You didn't even own them. Even so, police could easily assume you meant to sell if you exceeded preset levels.

Would you like to learn more about your legal defense options if you're facing serious charges? This is very crucial when you think the charges don't reflect what really happened. Our website can answer many of your most pressing questions.

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