How much will my friend serve for selling drugs to an undercover officer? 56 Answers as of July 11, 2013

How much will my friend serve for selling to a undercover officer? It's his first offense.

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Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
Your friend's presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Ultimately, charges depend on the circumstances.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 11/7/2011
The Law Offices of Seth D. Schraier
The Law Offices of Seth D. Schraier | Seth D. Schraier
It depends on what kind of drug, how much he tried to sell, and how much he had in his possession.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 10/28/2011
Law Office of Richard Williams
Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
There is no way of knowing how much time your friend will serve. Distribution of a controlled substance is a class B felony with a range of punishment of not less than 2 years nor more than 20 years. If the drug exchange occurred within 3 miles of a school zone or a housing project, the sentence can be enhanced to not less than 5 years.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 10/26/2011
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
That depends on a lot of factors. First if a deal is worked out. How much drugs did he have etc.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 7/3/2013
Law Office of Kathryn L. Hudson
Law Office of Kathryn L. Hudson | Kathryn L. Hudson
The sentence that can be imposed depends on many factors. Prior convictions can effect the length of sentence, the degree of the charge, and the type and amount of the drug.
Answer Applies to: Arkansas
Replied: 10/26/2011
    Law Office of Richard Southard
    Law Office of Richard Southard | Richard C Southard
    The sentence for every case is different. The judge and prosecutor will look at your "friend's" background, lack of criminal history, quantity sold, and his role in the offense, amount of stash, and any other factors that are provided by his attorney. With a good experienced defense attorney, he may be able to avoid a prison sentence.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 10/25/2011
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    This depends on the type of drug involved, the number of times he sold drugs to the officer, and the amount of drugs served. If it was a single transaction involving a small amount of drugs, he stands a good chance of getting probation, however, if the amount was greater, or there were multiple transactions, he could be facing time in prison, or perhaps "boot camp", which would reduce the amount of time he would have to spend behind bars. Hire a good attorney for him, he needs that.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 10/25/2011
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    There is no way to predict that. Is your friend a juvenile or an adult? Has he or she been charged in Federal Court or State Court? Was your friend near a school bus stop? Was your friend armed? All of these factors have an impact on your friend's sentencing and you haven't provided any of this information.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/3/2013
    Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
    Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
    It depends on how much drugs, type of drugs , whether he has a record among other things. I would need further details. He should hire an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 10/25/2011
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    Not enough information. Could be several years in prison or just an initial period in jail on probation.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/25/2011
    Law Office of Geoffrey M. Yaryan
    Law Office of Geoffrey M. Yaryan | Geoffrey M. Yaryan
    Depends upon multiple factors. He could get probation or he could get a prison commitment which would be served in a county jail.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/25/2011
    Law Office of Nixon Ayemi | Nixon Ayeni
    It depends on his criminal history, the amount of drug, and what he is charged with.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 10/25/2011
    Harrison & Harrison
    Harrison & Harrison | Samuel Harrison
    Hard to say. It depends on the drug sold, the amount that was sold, your friend's criminal history, where the sale happened, and who the judge is.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 7/3/2013
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
    His sentence will depend on what he is charged with and what he is found guilty of. Without this information, an answer cannot be given.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 10/25/2011
    Gonzalez Law Associates P.C.
    Gonzalez Law Associates P.C. | Carlos Gonzalez
    There is no answer to this type of question. there are too many factors that affect the possible outcome of the case. 1. amount of drug 2. type of drug 3. how much the undercover observed and or recorded 4. prosecutor handling the case 5. judge handling the case 6. whether there were weapons involved and many, many more. If he is able to afford an attorney i would highly suggest one - this is the type of case that good representation could mean a world of difference in the outcome and his record.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 10/25/2011
    Law Offices of Kenneth Wincorn P.C.
    Law Offices of Kenneth Wincorn P.C. | Kenneth Wincorn
    Depending on the quantity, the exposure can be short or long. He may be able to get probation and not serve any time.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 10/25/2011
    Greco Law Office
    Greco Law Office | Dominic Greco
    Depending on his record and on what he was selling and what quantity was sold will determine what his sentence will be. He could get probation or jail time. He can reduce the charges if he works with the police.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 10/25/2011
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
    In most cases, there will be probation if he is in State Court. However, based on the facts and the controlled substance, there could be jail time. All of this should be discussed by your friend with the attorney he hires to represent him.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 10/25/2011
    Michael R. Nack, Attorney at Law
    Michael R. Nack, Attorney at Law | Michael R. Nack
    If your friend hires a good attorney, it is not likely that he will do any time.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 10/25/2011
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    Depends what he sold and how much he had. I can't really say. Maybe it will just be probation.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 10/25/2011
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    It depends on what he was selling and how much and under what circumstances it occurred. If he is charged with delivery, he is facing a felony with some serious prison time. If he is charged with possession or use, he may be eligible for 7411 which would keep the matter off of his public record. He needs to seek legal counsel before agreeing to anything or pleading to anything.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 10/25/2011
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    The Kansas Sentencing guidelines show a range of sentence from 14 months to 51 months for a severity level 3 drug conviction. The exact amount would depend upon the exact charge he faces combined with his prior criminal history.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 10/25/2011
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    The time that he will serve is dependent on what kind of drugs is involved.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/25/2011
    Law Office of Joe Dane
    Law Office of Joe Dane | Joe Dane
    Your friend is looking at a felony that cannot be reduced to a misdemeanor and potentially up to 4 years in custody. How much time they will actually do depends on a lot of factors like 'what is their prior record (if any)?', 'what was the substance?', 'how much?', 'how strong is the case against them?' and 'what can their attorney work out?'. Every case is unique but the bottom line is that he needs a good criminal defense attorney, one who routinely practices in the court where his case is pending.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/24/2011
    Law Offices of Phil Hache
    Law Offices of Phil Hache | Phil Hache
    It may depend on several factors, including what type of drug, and what court the matter will be heard in.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/24/2011
    Law Office of Daniel K Martin
    Law Office of Daniel K Martin | Daniel K Martin
    California punishes sales of drugs by probation or 2, 3, 4 years in prison. Since this is his first time he will probably get probation.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/24/2011
    The McDonnell Law Firm, PLLC
    The McDonnell Law Firm, PLLC | Patrick J. McDonnell
    That depends. How much and what did he sell? The crime (and thus, the penalties) rise depending on the type of drug sold and the quantity sold.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 10/24/2011
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    The time a person serves for selling drugs to a undercover police officer depends on what type of drugs he sold and the amount of drugs.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/24/2011
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    Depends on how much was sold and how he came to the attention of the police.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 10/24/2011
    Laguzzi Law, P.C.
    Laguzzi Law, P.C. | Carina Laguzzi
    It depends on whether the case is a mandatory or not.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 10/24/2011
    Law Offices of Louis M. Leibowitz, LLC
    Law Offices of Louis M. Leibowitz, LLC | Louis Leibowitz
    It really depends. How much drugs? What jurisdiction? What kind of drugs? This is a question best directed towards his lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 7/3/2013
    Goolsby Law Office
    Goolsby Law Office | Richard Goolsby
    We recommend your friend retain a criminal defense attorney ASAP. No one can predict what the court will do. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 10/24/2011
    Law Offices of Stephanie Lee Ehrbright, Esq.
    Law Offices of Stephanie Lee Ehrbright, Esq. | Stephanie Lee Ehrbright
    I would have to know what type of drugs (i.e. marijuana, meth, etc) and the quantity (dime bag versus 100lbs, etc) before this can be answered.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 7/3/2013
    Law Offices of Ed Suarez, P.A.
    Law Offices of Ed Suarez, P.A. | Eddie Suarez
    There are too many variables to answer this question accurately. Depending on the drug and the amount there may be an applicable minimum mandatory sentence. Your friend would be wise to retain a qualified criminal law practitioner.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 10/24/2011
    Giannini Law Office, PC
    Giannini Law Office, PC | Robert Giannini
    I wish there was a simple answer to that question, but there is not. Many factors apply, such as the type and amount of the drugs, the prosecutor’s recommendation, and which Judge will hear the case. A guilty plea will also result in your friend losing his driver's license. I certainly hope your friend will consult with a criminal defense attorney (or two) in the county where the court is. There may be much the attorney can do to help your friend.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 10/24/2011
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law | Gary Moore
    With the right criminal lawyer, your friend could avoid jail.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 7/3/2013
    Betts Legal Services
    Betts Legal Services | Shawn M. Betts
    That depends on the type of drugs, the amount, and the specific circumstances. The consequence could be anything from a Diversion program or probation, to jail or prison.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 10/24/2011
    Law Offices of Sean Logue
    Law Offices of Sean Logue | Sean Logue
    It depends on the amount, but if its relatively small then likely probation.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 10/24/2011
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    That depends on a number of factors such as the type of drug sold, the amount of drugs, the city it happened in, the judge, the prosecutor, and which attorney you retain. Normally a sale is a felony and you are going to be offered a felony plea with 5 years probation. The judge may order treatment, a program, or drug court and you will get jail time if you do not comply with the terms and remain drug and alcohol free. He should retain a good criminal attorney to try and get Judicial Diversion if it is offered in his city. If he completes the 18 month program the case will be dismissed and he will have no criminal record.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 10/24/2011
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law | Mark Thiessen
    Depends on what it was and how much it was. Chances are the cops will offer a deal to be a snitch. That's a whole other deal though. You need to hire an experience drug attorney in your area and fight it with all you can muster.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 10/24/2011
    Furlong & Drewniak PLLC
    Furlong & Drewniak PLLC | Thaddeus Furlong, Esq.
    Depends on type and quantity of drug. Cocaine in any amount is a felony while small amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 10/24/2011
    Baner and Baner
    Baner and Baner | Jonathan Baner
    IT VARIES WILDLY and insufficient facts are given here (and they should not be given here!). Her attorney will go over it with her. Typically first time offenders depending on circumstances aren't likely to receive substantial prison time if any.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 10/24/2011
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    It depends upon the type of drug and how much he was trying to sell. It is also possible for a 1st offense he may not have to serve any. Have your friend hire an attorney who can review the facts of the case and consult him accordingly.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 10/24/2011
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    There are many different degrees for drug offenses depending on the type of drug and the amount of the drug. A first degree offense, even without any prior criminal record, can carry presumptive (usual sentences) of more than 7 years.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 10/24/2011
    Watkins Law Office
    Watkins Law Office | Bob Watkins
    It depends on what and how much he sold. The more dangerous the drug and the greater the quantity, usually the greater the penalty.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 10/24/2011
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC | Martina A. Vigil
    It depends on the quantity he had and what type of drug he was allegedly trying to sell. Possession for sale is a felony and is taken very seriously by the State of California.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/24/2011
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Your question is way too general. There is a big difference between selling 1 gram and 1 kilo!
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/24/2011
    Law Offices of Elliott Zarabi
    Law Offices of Elliott Zarabi | Elliott Zarabi
    It really depends on what he is being charged with. But usually, the minimum as a felony is 16 months.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/24/2011
    Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani
    Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani | Steven Pisani
    The crime "distribution of a controlled substance" can have a varied sentencing range, from probation to decades in prison. The quantity and type of substance and circumstances around the alleged sale will determine the jail or prison sentence. Your friend should consult an experienced criminal defense attorney in his area to discuss ways to minimize the potential damage.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 10/24/2011
    Connell-Savela
    Connell-Savela | Jason Savela
    Maybe nothing. Depends on what sold and quantity, whether there was a weapon, county. It is possible that your friend was entrapped, but likely not available if sold to undercover more than once.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 10/24/2011
    Law Office of Charles J. Block
    Law Office of Charles J. Block | Charles J. Block
    Depending on who your friend hires as an attorney; and what the weight was and was it in a school zone?
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 7/11/2013
    The Schiffer Firm, LLC
    The Schiffer Firm, LLC | Joshua G. Schiffer
    Depends. How much drugs and how well can the state carry their burden?
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 7/3/2013
    Law Office of Robert L Keates, PLLC
    Law Office of Robert L Keates, PLLC | Robert Keates
    Very hard to tell. Contact an attorney in the county in which the arrest occurred to get a sense of the deals and offers (and sentencing, if he goes to trial and loses) in that area.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 10/24/2011
    Sifuentes & Locke
    Sifuentes & Locke | Shannon Willis Locke
    The answer to this question depends on the following: 1) The amount of drugs your friend is accused of selling 2) The attitudes of the judge in relation to this crime 3) The ability of your criminal defense attorney. At this point, there is only one of those factors that can be controlled by you or your friend, the abilities of your friend's criminal defense attorney. Hiring a good lawyer is the one thing that you can do to help your friend. This lawyer should be able to articulate a strategy that gets him the best possible deal or gives him a chance of getting his case dismissed. Additionally, probation is available for every first offender who is accused of a drug crime, so it might be that your friend does not have to go to prison at all. Good luck and hire someone to help your friend out.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 10/24/2011
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