Drug trafficking is a very specific crime. To be accused and convicted, the prosecution has to show that you intended to sell or transport drugs to others. If you possess a large quantity of drugs when you're caught, you could be accused of drug trafficking or delivering drugs even if you did not intend to do so.
Take, for example, this case involving two men in Beloit. Two men in Beloit have been arrested for alleged drug charges, according to an April 4 report. The men are accused of dealing cocaine and heroin in the local area.
The news reports that the 30-year-old and 42-year-old men were arrested following a search of their properties. The 30-year-old man faces possible charges including possession with the intent to deliver, maintaining a drug trafficking place and delivering cocaine and heroin. The 42-year-old man faces charges including maintaining a drug trafficking place and delivering heroin.
Often, when you face one drug charge, you also face several others. This is because charges are designed to stack up against you, potentially leading to several different fines and penalties that you have to deal with. It's wise to remember your rights before you say or do anything that could hurt your chances of obtaining a plea deal or walking away with a not-guilty verdict. Your defense attorney can talk to you about the potential defenses you can use in your case. Depending on the circumstances, there are multiple tactics that can be employed to help you defend yourself, protect your reputation, stay out of jail and lower the potential penalties.
Source: Wisconsin State Journal, "2 Beloit men arrested on drug charges, police say," Bill Novak, accessed April 05, 2018