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Charged with a drug-related offense in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to manufacture, distribute, or possess controlled substances such as drugs like marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine. The severity of the charge and the potential penalty depend on the type and amount of drug involved, as well as the individual's prior criminal record.

There are various drug charges that an individual can face in Pennsylvania, including:

  • Possession of a controlled substance: This charge applies if you are found to be in possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription. The penalty for possession of a controlled substance can range from a misdemeanor to a felony, depending on the type and amount of drug involved.

  • Possession with intent to manufacture or deliver: If you are found to be in possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell or distribute it, you can be charged with possession with intent to manufacture or deliver. This is a more serious charge than simple possession and carries harsher penalties.

  • Manufacturing a controlled substance: It is illegal to manufacture controlled substances such as methamphetamine or ecstasy. This charge can be filed if you are caught operating a methamphetamine lab or if you are involved in the production of any other controlled substance.

  • Delivery or distribution of a controlled substance: If you sell or distribute a controlled substance, you can be charged with delivery or distribution. This charge carries severe penalties, especially if the drugs are sold to a minor or if the sale takes place within a school zone.

  • Drug trafficking: Drug trafficking is a serious charge that applies if you are caught transporting a large amount of drugs across state or international lines. This charge carries severe penalties and can result in a prison sentence of up to life in prison.

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Possible Defenses to Drug Charges

If you have been charged with a drug crime in Pennsylvania, it is important to have a skilled lawyer represent you. A lawyer can help you mount a defense to the charges by arguing:

  • The drugs did not belong to you: If the drugs were not yours, you cannot be found guilty of possession or any other drug charge.

  • The drugs were for personal use, not for sale or distribution: If you were in possession of a controlled substance for personal use, your lawyer may be able to argue that you did not have the intent to sell or distribute the drugs.

  • You did not know that the drugs were present: If you were unaware that drugs were present, you cannot be found guilty of possession or any other drug charge.

  • The police unlawfully searched and seized the drugs: If the police unlawfully searched you or your property and found drugs, your lawyer may be able to argue that the evidence should be suppressed because it was obtained illegally.

Importance of Addressing Your Drug Addiction Issues

If you are facing drug charges in Pennsylvania, addressing your drug addiction issues can be beneficial to your case in terms of what the district attorney is willing to offer. Showing that you are taking steps to overcome your addiction can demonstrate to the prosecutor that you are committed to making positive changes in your life and may make them more willing to consider a lenient plea deal or alternative sentencing options such as drug treatment programs.

It is important to have a lawyer represent you who is knowledgeable about drug laws in Pennsylvania and has experience defending clients against these types of charges. A lawyer can help you understand the charges against you and the potential consequences, as well as develop a strong defense strategy to protect your rights and fight for a favorable outcome in your case. Your lawyer may be able to negotiate with the prosecutor to get the charges reduced or dismissed, or argue for a lenient sentence if you are found guilty.

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Contact Us Today

If you have been charged with a drug crime in Pennsylvania, it is important to act quickly and seek legal representation as soon as possible. At The Town Law LLC, our experienced criminal defense lawyers have a thorough understanding of drug laws in Pennsylvania and have successfully represented clients facing a wide range of drug charges.

We are dedicated to protecting your rights and fighting for the best possible outcome in your case. If you are facing drug charges, do not hesitate to contact our firm for immediate assistance. Our team is here to help you navigate this difficult time and work towards a resolution that is in your best interests.

Our team is available to answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide you with the legal support and guidance you need. Contact The Town Law LLC today to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled criminal defense lawyers.