What Are The Common Drug Offenses That Your Firm Typically Handles?
In Pennsylvania, it is a crime to possess illegal or controlled substances such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines to name just a few.
If you are in possession of a controlled substance for personal use then the offense will be graded as a misdemeanor. However, often times the Commonwealth will charge you with Possession With Intent To Deliver Or Manufacture, a felony.
What Are The Penalties For A Drug Conviction In Pennsylvania?
The penalties for drug offenses are dependent on the grading misdemeanor or felony; type of controlled substance; quantity; prior record score.
Are There Any Alternative Programs In Pennsylvania For First Time Drug Offenders?
First-time offenders with Possession or Drug Paraphernalia charges can apply for the diversionary program known as Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD). The program does not require a guilty plea or finding of guilt and upon successful completion, an offender’s record can be expunged.
First-time offenders with felony Possession With Intent To Deliver charges along with misdemeanor Possession and Paraphernalia charges can apply for admission into the Youth Offender Program. Unlike ARD a conditional guilty plea is required however, upon completion of the program the felony charge will be withdrawn by the Commonwealth.
What Are Common Defense Strategies That Could Be Used In A Drug Offense Case?
All drug-related offenses require an in-depth review of the Fourth Amendment as it relates to the circumstances surrounding the police interaction with your client. Thereafter, for example, if a criminal conspiracy is alleged would your client’s activities and behavior qualify as conspiratorial. Is he being charged as a result of proximity to controlled substances as it exists for a passenger in a vehicle. Each case is unique and fact-specific.
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