Understand the penalties you face under PA drug laws
Party drugs like MDMA, commonly known as E or Ecstasy, and other recreational drugs like PCP (Angel Dust), and methamphetamine (Crystal Meth, Chalk, Ice or Meth) may be in common use, but when you are charged with possession of these illegal substances, the consequences and penalties can seriously disrupt your life.
A conviction of even a small amount of a Schedule I or II drug can send you to prison for up to one year. You could lose also your license for six months and face a fine of $5,000, plus have a misdemeanor on your permanent criminal record.
A subsequent offense could mean two or three years behind bars. A charge of Possession with Intent to Distribute (PWID) Drugs comes with much harsher penalties upon conviction.
A criminal drug record can be life-altering and affect everything in your future … jobs/potential employers, loans for cars and houses and schooling, eligibility for housing, college admissions, child custody, etc.
If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with possession of any illegal recreational drugs, like Meth or PHP, you should call an attorney today for a free case evaluation. A tough, skilled and aggressive criminal attorney on your side could make a big difference in the outcome of your case.
Remember: Drug charges do not mean you are guilty or will be convicted. Drug charges can be fought and won in court.
If you or a loved one was arrested for simple drug possession or PWID of drugs there are many options an attorney could use in defending a person’s innocence to have sentencing reduced or dismissed.
At SMA Law Group, we offer free case evaluations. Call our experienced and aggressive Pittsburgh Drug Lawyer, Christopher Thomas today.
Besides fighting for your innocence, an attorney can help determine if you are eligible to apply for an “alternative-to-jail” program, such as the Pennsylvania Drug Court or ARD Program. An experienced Pittsburgh drug attorney can help you with this process.
Our lawyers have years of experience in defending the rights of people charged with drug crimes in Western Pennsylvania. We can answer your questions and give you options for how to proceed.
We want to help you minimize the negative impact an illegal drug arrest could have on your life and future.
Depending on several different factors, you could either be charged with simple possession of drugs (usually a misdemeanor) or possession with intent to deliver (PWID) drugs (a felony). The penalties for each vary greatly, depending on the quantity of the drug and prior offenses.
SIMPLE POSSESSION OF DRUGS – METH, MDMA, AND PHP
The punishments a judge may sentence you are highly dependent on the type and the amount of the drug. Whether it is a first offense or consecutive offense will also determine the amount of sentencing.
Even a conviction of a small amount of a Schedule I or II drug intended for personal use can mean up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine, not to mention losing your license, having a criminal record and having to pay other fines, fees, etc. The penalty for a second or third conviction is two or three years in prison.
Other penalties like losing your license, being ineligible to purchase or own a weapon or loss of child custody could also apply.
Speak to a PIttsburgh Drug Lawyer for more information on the types of penalties you face and how best to defend your rights.
PWID DRUGS – METH, MDMA, AND PHP
The punishment for Possession with Intent to Deliver or Distribute (PWID) in Pennsylvania are very harsh. PWID means you were suspected of intending to distribute the drugs (manufacture, store, sell, traffic, transport).
Penalties depend on the quantity of the drug, whether it is a first offense or second/third offense. You face much harsher penalties if you are charged with distributing the drug inside a school zone or to a minor, or while in possession of a weapon.
Being convicted of PWID Illegal Substances is a felony that will remain on your criminal record.
PWID Drug Conviction Penalties in Pennsylvania:
The penalties could be more severe if you are found guilty of distributing drugs in a school zone or to a minor, or while carrying a weapon.
You may also face U.S. Federal charges in addition to Pennsylvania charges.
Read more about PWID Sentencing Guidelines in PA
Call an experienced and aggressive Pittsburgh Drug Lawyer today for a free legal consultation.
Our experienced drug lawyers try our best to make a positive difference in our clients’ lives by providing solid legal advice and preparing strong and aggressive defense strategies.
Our sole aim is to get your drug charges reduced or withdrawn altogether.
It is not uncommon for the PA legal system and the Pennsylvania Drug Court to allow first-time drug offenders and repeat offenders to receive treatment instead of going to jail.
A skilled and experienced lawyer can help you and your family understand Alternative-to-Jail programs available and whether you are eligible to apply. We can also help negotiate a plea for these programs during a hearing or trial.
Diversionary 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.
It is important to have an experienced drug attorney on your side to negotiate for a lesser charge or fight for your innocence.
We 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 drug attorneys are here to guide you through a difficult time.
We will thoroughly investigate your case, build a strong defense strategy and negotiate with the courts and plea your case in order to increase your chances of having your charges reduced or withdrawn.