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Understanding Possession and Intent to Distribute Charges

Understanding Possession and Intent to Distribute Charges

When someone is charged with a drug crime in Nebraska, he or she may sometimes be charged with the intent to distribute, drug possession or both. It is important to understand what these charges mean and how they are different.

According to FindLaw, people might be charged with the intent to distribute if law enforcement finds emails between them and possible customers or packaging materials and other equipment at their home. Additionally, possessing large quantities of an illegal substance may cause people to be charged with this crime, even if they do not have other materials suggesting they intend to sell the substance. Law enforcement usually needs to demonstrate that someone intended to sell drugs to members of the public.

A charge of drug possession means that people intentionally acquired an illegal substance and are keeping it at their home or on their person. Sometimes someone might be charged with possession if he or she knew drugs were in a home but did not remove them. In some situations, law enforcement may charge people with possession if they should have realized that that a substance was illegal. Additionally, someone may be charged with possession with the intent to distribute. This means that law enforcement usually needs to demonstrate that a person has the materials necessary to distribute drugs as well as the substance.

In Nebraska, it is illegal to possess and sell drugs. The Nebraska Legislature says that these drug crimes are considered felonies. The severity of the penalty usually depends on the amount of a substance a person possesses, as well as on the particular drug.

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