Possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute is a felony in Pennsylvania. The District Attorney will have to prove that the defendant intentionally or knowingly possessed a controlled substance, and had the intent to distribute it. I have provided an infographic below illustrating some basic definitions regarding the possession and distribution of a controlled substance as well as common defenses to these charges. The penalties a convicted defendant may face will depend on the type and quantity of the controlled substance. However, below you will find the mandatory minimum sentences associated with many drugs based on the weight of drugs recovered and whether it is a first or subsequent conviction for possession with the intent to deliver, commonly referred to as PWID in Philadelphia. If you have been charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute in Philadelphia, please contact Philadelphia criminal defense attorney Brian M. Fishman for a free consultation concerning your legal rights.