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What Is The Difference Between Possession And Possession With Intent In New York City?

Every day, New Yorkers get convicted of drug crimes. There are two classes of drug possession crimes in New York. The first is Possession of a Controlled Substance. The second is Possession with Intent.

Possession with Intent means that you’re being charged with a Class B felony. You’re being accused of being a drug dealer. These charges are far more serious than a mere Possession charge, though Possession and Possession with Intent charges may be combined to increase the severity of your sentence.

How can law enforcement tell what any one person’s intent with drugs might be? In many cases they look at the quantity of drugs allegedly found on the person they’re charging. They may also catch some defendants in the act of actually selling or distributing the drugs.

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