Pennsylvania law1 sets out harsh penalties for drug-related offenses. Even a first time offender charged with possession of a small amount of drugs can be facing serious fines and jail sentences. For example, the following are the penalties for possession offenses in Pennsylvania:
In addition, Pennsylvania has serious penalties for crimes classified as “drug trafficking.” These offenses include growing or manufacturing, selling, dealing, transporting, possessing with the intent to deliver to another individual, and obtaining a controlled substance by use of misrepresentation or fraud. The penalties for trafficking offenses largely depend on the type of controlled substance as well as the amount involved. For example, Schedule I or Schedule II substances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act2 include cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, MDMA, marijuana, and more. The following are penalties for Schedule I or Schedule II trafficking offenses based on amount (for a first offense):
Two to ten grams – Up to $5,000 fine, maximum of two years in prison
Ten to 100 grams – Up to $15,000 fine, maximum of three years in prison
Over 100 grams – Up to $25,000 fine, maximum of five years in prison
The penalties increase substantially with subsequent offenses.
An experienced attorney can take many steps to limit or even completely eliminate the penalties you face for drug-related offenses. A skilled defense lawyer will know how to present evidence to try to get your case dismissed how to negotiate with prosecutors to obtain a favorable plea bargain for you, and how to explore any other defense options in your case. Having quality defense representation for your drug case can be invaluable and can often keep you out of jail.
If you have been arrested on suspicion of any type of drug-related offense in the state of Pennsylvania, you could be facing harsh penalties including costly fines and time spent behind bars. You never want to risk being wrongfully convicted or facing harsher consequences than you should. Instead, you should contact an experienced Pennsylvania drug and narcotic defense lawyer as soon as possible for assistance. Please do not hesitate to call The Zeiger Firm at (215) 546-0340 for help today.
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Forfeiture and Return Of Property
Penalties For Drug Crimes In PA
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Bail Reductions – Nebbia Orders
International Drug Prosecution
Internet Drug Trafficking
The Law of Suppression
Pennsylvania’s Mandatory Sentences