Drug dealing or sales can get you in serious trouble with the law; illicit drugs are banned for a reason, and selling them to people can land you in prison or result in heavy fines. Drug selling may be referred to as possession with the intent to distribute, while dealing may include things like manufacturing drugs, selling drugs, or transporting drugs.
The kind of penalties you could face for drug sales vary between states. However, common penalties include a fine of up to $10,000 and up to two years in jail for selling less than a gram of drugs to a fine of $250,000 and up to life in prison for selling 400 grams or more.
If you've been accused and convicted of drug charges in the past, that can affect your case. A second offense will often have heavier penalties than a first, just as a third offense will be penalized more than a first offense.
Mandatory minimums are penalties that are given as a requirement when you're convicted of a crime. For instance, if you sell drugs to a child, then there may be a mandatory minimum sentence that you have to be penalized with. The sentence could be more severe, but it can't be any less than the requirement by law.
If you've been accused of dealing or selling drugs to others, it's important that you have a strong defense. Our website has more information on the penalties that you could face and how to make sure you protect yourself when you go to court. With the right support, you may be able to reduce your sentence or have it dismissed.