Criminal Possession of an Illicit Drug in Pennsylvania
Drug charges such as possessing illicit drugs are major criminal acts in Pennsylvania. For many people, drugs have become a way of life, and for others, it is a way to make money fast. The laws that govern illicit drugs in the state are often harsh. But not everyone deserves the penalties that are handed down. That is why our firm works hard to fight for our client’s rights by standing up against the drug charges. Let’s look at some of the laws that govern drug crimes in Pennsylvania.
Travis Law Firm
Drug charges are serious, and you need the insight an experienced drug crime attorney can provide. We can offer you representation regardless of the nature of the drug and the type of charges you have against you. We understand that the prosecutor’s explanation of the case is not always accurate, and we will offer your side to counter any mistakes. We examine all evidence thoroughly as we build a strong case for our clients.
Call us as soon as you can after being arrested on drug charges. We will meet with you soon afterward to get your side of the story. Don’t wait to contact us. It is possible to get charges dropped in some cases, and the sooner we start, the better. You can reach us at (814) 277-2222 or contact us online. If you can’t call, have your family reach out to us.
Categories of Drug Charges in Pennsylvania
The drug charges handed down in the state are broken down into two categories:
- Manufacturing and delivering and possessing with the intent to deliver with the knowledge the drug was illegal.
What Is Possession?
To convict someone of possession, the prosecutor must prove that the defendant held a controlled substance, and they did so without a legal prescription. The penalties the person faces differ from one case to another. For instance, the type of drug, the amount held, and a prior history of drug crimes all make a difference. Your criminal attorney will be able to counsel you about your specific case.
Penalties in Drug Possession
The penalty for possessing a controlled substance is a jail sentence of one year and a fine of $5,000 for a first offender. If the defendant has previously offended, the penalty is three years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. If you are found to have drug paraphernalia in your possession, the penalty includes a maximum $2,500 fine and up to one year in jail.
Immunity Law in Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, a person who might be convicted of possession can receive immunity from prosecution if the following conditions apply:
- The person sought medical aid for someone who overdosed with the sincere belief the person’s life was in danger.
- The person gave the police their location and name.
- The person remained with the overdosed individual until police arrived.
How an Attorney Can Help
At the Travis Law Firm, we examine your case thoroughly. We work hard to obtain the best outcome by fighting for your rights every step of the way. Having an attorney at your side is the protection you need. Call us at (814) 277-2222 as soon as possible after your arrest.