Ignorance Of The Law Is No Defense
Far too many people fall foul of the law simply because they were not aware of the legalities. Most people believe that it is okay to carry illegal substances on their person as long as they are not caught selling them or distributing them. That is far from true.
According to the drug law, you do not need to be caught selling narcotics for cash to be convicted. Your conviction will depend upon several factors, from the type of drug you are carrying to the amount you are carrying and your records.
Do you know that you can be arrested if there is even the slightest hint that you intended to sell or even distribute the drug that was found on your person at the time? You don't have to be caught exchanging the stuff for money. Just the fact that it looked like that was your intention is sufficient for the arresting officer to charge you.
Another equally important factor is the number of narcotics you have in your possession. A person is who is wandering around with large quantities that is more than an individual would use at a time is considered to be a dealer or a distributor. And if you have any kind of sales material with you, it only compounds the crime. Sales material could include anything from brochures to some kind of material that is used for packaging the drugs.
If you are caught in or around the vicinity of a school or park, things will get even worse for you and you will find an additional two years or more added to your sentence. It doesn't matter that you were not selling the drugs to school kids. The law clearly states that you should stay outside of the 300 feet radius of schools and parks when in the possession of any illegal substances. Getting any closer immediately puts you on the wrong side of the law.
Drug laws are nothing to be scoffed at and making a mistake or pleading ignorance of the law is not going to help you if you get charged. The only hope you have left is in hiring a good lawyer who is experienced in narcotics cases.