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SALT LAKE CITY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE


SALT LAKE CITY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO SELL/DISTRIBUTE

Based in Salt Lake City and representing clients throughout Utah, Intermountain Legal is a criminal defense practice with extensive experience handling a range of drug-related charges, including drug possession with intent to distribute or sell.

Facing Drug Distribution Charges in Utah

Utah's drug distribution laws penalize the selling, transportation, and illegal import into the State of unlawful controlled substances. While these laws are designed to severely punish professional drug dealers and repeat offenders, too often law enforcement officers target individual users, so that even nonviolent offenders face the harsh consequences of a distribution conviction.

If you have a quantity of a controlled substance that the State thinks exceeds the amount that one person can consume, you can be charged with intent to distribute or sell even if there is no other evidence of distribution. Law enforcement and/or the prosecutor handling the case have complete discretion in determining the amount of drugs that elevates the charge from simple possession to distribution. This means that possession of the same amount of drugs can result in a mere possession charge for one person and a serious distribution charge for another.

Penalties for Possession with Intent to Distribute or Sell

In Utah, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute or sell is generally charged as a second degree felony, carrying a possible prison term of one to 15 years and up to $10,000 in fines. The exception is possession of marijuana with intent to distribute or sell, which is categorized as a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison and as much as $5,000 in fines. Sale in the presence of a minor or sale within 1,000 feet of a school, public park, amusement park, recreation center, church, synagogue, shopping mall, sports facility, theater, or public parking lot increases the level of the offense to the next highest degree. You can be charged with a school zone violation even if you did not intend to distribute in that area.

At Intermountain Legal, we have specific experience with defense of drug distribution crimes, and will work tirelessly to achieve a successful outcome for you. In some cases, we can negotiate with the prosecution to eliminate the distribution offense, so that you only face a misdemeanor possession charge. In other situations, arrest procedure violations, such as improper searches and seizures, may lead to outright dismissal of all charges.


Seek Experienced, Knowledgeable Defense Representation

If you are charged with intent to distribute drugs, drug dealing, or selling, you need effective defense representation to contest the charges against you and minimize the consequences of a drug-related arrest. Contact Intermountain Legal in Salt Lake City for a free initial consultation to discuss your case and evaluate your options.


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STEVEN K. BURTON

As a former prosecutor Steven gained an intimate knowledge of various Domestic Violence Courts, DUI courts and other criminal court programs and procedures. He has spent over 3,500 hours in court and has argued more cases than most attorneys do in a lifetime. For more on Steve's experience, click here.

JUSTIN PRATT

Attorney Justin S. Pratt handles all types of criminal cases, with an emphasis on DUI-related charges. He believes that someone who is charged with a crime deserves the specialized attention of an attorney who will protect his client's rights by taking the time to examine constitutional issues, important factual circumstances, and any other crucial factors that may be relevant to the case. For more on Justin's experience, click here.

STACI VISSER

Staci has represented clients in nearly every type of criminal case, from misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. She has an excellent reputation with her clients and they have repeatedly recommended her to their friends and family. She also practices criminal appeals and family law. For more on Staci's experience, click here.

MARK LAROCCO

Mark is skilled at dealing with all aspects of family law, including helping clients obtain modifications, enforce court orders, and achieve fair custody and support awards. Going through a painful divorce or a custody battle can be one of the most difficult times in someone’s life, and Mark is there to help every step of the way. For more on Mark's experience, click here.

MATTHEW BELL

Matthew's reputation as an attorney is one who thoroughly understands the law and diligently advocates to advance his client's interests. His practice primarily focuses on representing clients in family law matters. He has assisted hundreds of clients in divorce, custody, guardianship, and termination of parental rights cases. For more on Matthew's experience click here.

ELLY HENDRIKSEN

Elly is a skilled attorney who specializes in divorce and criminal law. Spending the majority of her career in the courtroom, Elly understands how to effectively advocate for her clients who find themselves in the toughest of situations. Elly has successfully guided clients through trials and difficult hearings in front of judges and commissioners, and has expertly negotiated cases through hundreds of hours of mediation. For more on Elly's experience click here.

STEVEN K. BURTON

As a former prosecutor Steven gained an intimate knowledge of various Domestic Violence Courts, DUI courts and other criminal court programs and procedures. He has spent over 3,500 hours in court and has argued more cases than most attorneys do in a lifetime. For more on Steve's experience, click here.

 
JUSTIN PRATT

Attorney Justin S. Pratt handles all types of criminal cases, with an emphasis on DUI-related charges. He believes that someone who is charged with a crime deserves the specialized attention of an attorney who will protect his client's rights by taking the time to examine constitutional issues, important factual circumstances, and any other crucial factors that may be relevant to the case. For more on Justin's experience, click here.

 
STACI VISSER

Staci has represented clients in nearly every type of criminal case, from misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. She has an excellent reputation with her clients and they have repeatedly recommended her to their friends and family. She also practices criminal appeals and family law. For more on Staci's experience, click here.

 
MARK LAROCCO

Mark is skilled at dealing with all aspects of family law, including helping clients obtain modifications, enforce court orders, and achieve fair custody and support awards. Going through a painful divorce or a custody battle can be one of the most difficult times in someone’s life, and Mark is there to help every step of the way. For more on Mark's experience, click here.

 
MATTHEW BELL

Matthew's reputation as an attorney is one who thoroughly understands the law and diligently advocates to advance his client's interests. His practice primarily focuses on representing clients in family law matters. He has assisted hundreds of clients in divorce, custody, guardianship, and termination of parental rights cases. For more on Matthew's experience click here.

 
ELLY HENDRIKSEN

Elly is a skilled attorney who specializes in divorce and criminal law. Spending the majority of her career in the courtroom, Elly understands how to effectively advocate for her clients who find themselves in the toughest of situations. Elly has successfully guided clients through trials and difficult hearings in front of judges and commissioners, and has expertly negotiated cases through hundreds of hours of mediation. For more on Elly's experience click here.