If you were charged for possession of illegal prescription drugs or possession with intent to distribute (PWID) illegal prescription drugs, you probably have many questions about your rights, your future and what to expect from the legal system.
Pennsylvania has very strict laws against obtaining, possessing, manufacturing or selling prescription drugs illegally. Sometimes the penalties can be just as severe as if you were in possession of heroin or cocaine.
Simple possession of an illegal prescription drug could mean up to one year in prison and a $5,000 fine, among other penalties and fines. Additional penalties will apply if this is a repeat offense or if you were manufacturing or selling the drug illegally.
Tough punishments often do little to help people who may actually need the prescription drug to obtain them legally or to curb drug abuse and give people the help they need. That is why at SMA Law Group, we work hard to defend your rights and help you understand your charges and how you can protect your future.
If you obtained the drugs through illegal means, i.e., “doctor shopping” or prescription forgery, this is known as prescription fraud and could also lead to fraud or forgery charges. If you were charged with DUI prescription drugs, you may also face multiple charges.
But being charged with a crime doesn’t mean you are guilty or will be convicted.
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If you have been arrested for simple possession of illegal prescription drugs or PWID of a controlled substance, it is important to remember that until you have been convicted of a crime, there are several options to defend rights.
Our skilled Pittsburgh drug attorneys will provide a thorough investigation into the prosecution’s case to find any loopholes that could possibly lead to having your sentence/charges reduced or dismissed altogether. There are instances where sufficient proof that you were in possession is lacking or that the arresting officers did not follow proper procedures during your arrest.
A skilled and aggressive attorney will work toward building a strong legal defense to get your charges reduced or your case dismissed.
For a free case evaluation, call our experienced and aggressive Pittsburgh Drug Lawyer, Christopher Thomas today.
Attorney Thomas has years of experience in defending the rights of people charged with drug crimes in Western Pennsylvania. He can answer your questions and give you options for how to proceed with your case.
Many illegal prescription drugs are often used casually and socially. Although many of these pills may not seem like a “big deal” at the time, if you find yourself facing possession charges, the penalties can be costly and devastating to your future.
Illegal prescription drugs are categorized into separate “Schedules”. The complete schedule of illegal prescription drugs can be found in the 1972 Controlled Substances Drugs, Device, and Cosmetic Act of Pennsylvania.
PA Controlled Substance Act categorizes all controlled substances into five schedules, with each schedule based on its level of addiction and whether there is a known medical use. Each schedule has a different set of penalties.
If you were arrested for illegal prescription pills, contact an experienced attorney for a free case evaluation to better understand your rights and the legal procedures you face.
Punishments upon conviction are highly dependent on the type of drug, which schedule it falls under and amount of the drug in your possession.
Other penalties like losing your license, being ineligible to purchase or own a weapon or loss of custody could also apply.
Schedule I controlled substance minimum conviction penalties include:
A second conviction means up to two years in prison and a third conviction is up to three years in prison.
A conviction for a large quantity of a Schedule I controlled substance, however, could mean up to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
Under Schedules II and III, the penalties are much steeper and can include up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Speak to a Pittsburgh Drug Lawyer for more information on the types of penalties you face and how best to defend your rights.
The punishment for Possession with Intent to Deliver or Distribute (PWID) in Pennsylvania are very harsh. Penalties depend on the quantity of the drug, whether it is a first offense or repeat offense. You face much harsher penalties if you are charged with PWID inside a school zone or to a minor.
Being convicted on PWID Controlled Substance is usually a felony that will remain on your criminal record.
First offense of PWID Controlled Substance Conviction in Pennsylvania:
A conviction for drug charges can have far-reaching consequences, besides jail time and heavy fines. Indirect penalties such as losing your license and having a criminal record can ruin your future and limit your opportunities.
A criminal record is easy for future employers, universities, lenders and landlords to see, making it difficult to find employment, housing and get financial aide for college.
Fighting your drug charges through an experienced legal defense is the best way to protect your freedom and liberties.
Call an experienced and aggressive Pittsburgh Drug Lawyer today for a free legal consultation.
Our experienced criminal drug lawyers will work hard to make a positive difference in your life by providing solid legal advice and preparing strong and aggressive defense strategies.
Our sole aim is to get your illegal prescription drug charges reduced or withdrawn altogether.
Our attorneys will do everything possible to have your charges or sentencing reduced or withdrawn. If they cannot be withdrawn, there are several state and county drug diversion programs that offer people the opportunity to keep their license and stay out of jail with the stipulation of participating in drug treatment programs. Diversion programs are typically not something you can simply opt for, but you need the permission of the District Attorney to be accepted. We can help you with that process.
Our attorneys will negotiate for a lesser charge or fight for your innocence during a hearing or trial.
At SMA Law Group, we want to help you minimize the negative impact an arrest will have on your life and future.
Our Pittsburgh Drug Lawyers believe that people are inherently good. But good people make mistakes and some are falsely accused. A harsh punishment is rarely productive for anyone.
Our aggressive and hard working drug attorneys are here to guide you through a difficult time.
Everyone has unique situations and we take the time to listen to your story and fully understand the situation so that we can do everything possible to defend your rights.