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Possession of illegal drugs or controlled substances may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the type and amount held. In many cases, it may be up to the prosecuting attorney how to charge it. However, possession with intent to sell is often considered much more serious than simple possession. If other evidence is found indicating an intent to sell – including scales and packaging supplies. Regardless of the offense charged, the penalties for drug charges are often quite severe. Even a first offense can result in jail time.Fines are also commonly imposed and your property may also be seized including cash, a vehicle, or other assets that may be involved during an investigation. Finally, conviction for drug offenses may render you ineligible for certain kinds of jobs or professional licenses. For more information about defending against a drug charge, do not hesitate – contact an experienced attorney so you can best protect your rights.