Receiving a drug charge in Pennsylvania can have lasting consequences that alter the course of your life permanently. Drug charges in Pennsylvania arise from being in possession of an illicit controlled substance. Depending on the type of substance in possession, the amount you possess, your intent in controlling the substance and your previous convictions, drug charges can range in severity. No matter the situation, drug charges are not something to take lightly.
If you or a loved one recently received a drug charge, you should consider contacting a Allegheny County drug crime attorney as soon as possible. Without representation, you may be charged to the full extent for your drug charge. An experienced attorney can help you build a defense and work towards getting your charges dropped or reduced. The right attorney can be the difference in receiving a minor charge or having your whole life derailed by jailtime and costly fines. Attorneys at Stewart, Murray, and Associates (SMA) Law Group have experience dealing with all types of drug charges. Utilizing a blend of aggression and compassion, SMA Law Group Attorneys will do everything possible to ensure the best outcome in your drug charge.
Common PA Drug Charges
There are a multitude of potential drug charges to face in Pennsylvania. Each ranges in severity of consequences. Some common charges include marijuana possession, paraphernalia, and felony drug charges.
Marijuana possession charges are one of the most common forms of drug charges in Pennsylvania. Marijuana is a schedule 1 drug, same as heroin, LSD, or mescaline. Marijuana possession is consider a misdemeanor in Pennsylvania, but the penalties have a range of severity depending on the amount possessed. Possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana may result in fines of $500 and jailtime up to 30 days. In some cases, offenders can receive probation rather than jail time. possession of more than 30 grams can include consequences such as $5,000 in fines and a year of imprisonment.
Paraphernalia charges are commonly charged in addition to drug possession. Paraphernalia can include and object that is used to prepare, consume, or conceal a controlled substance. Paraphernalia offenses can result in $2,500 in fines and a year of jail time.
Felony drug possession is one of the most serious drug charges you can face in Pennsylvania. Felony drug possession can occur from possessing drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and meth. Marijuana possession can result in a felony charge if the amount in possession exceeds a thousand pounds. Depending on the intent of the possession, penalties can include 25 years of imprisonment and a quarter million dollars in fines.