If you have been charged with PWID or Possession with Intent to Deliver, you face very serious charges and may be prosecuted by both Pennsylvania and U.S. Federal courts. It is a much more serious charge than simple possession of drugs.
PWID charges means that the arresting officers were under suspicion that the accused was selling, manufacturing, transporting, cultivating or distributing illegal narcotics or illegal controlled substances for anything other than personal use.
The quantity of the drugs you were charged with plays a key role in whether you are charged with simple possession of drugs or PWID drugs. PWID has much harsher penalties than simple possession charges.
In Pennsylvania drugs are separated into schedules based on the level of risk or addiction level. The penalties for illegal drugs may depend what schedule they fall under.
For instance, heroin and marijuana are both Schedule I drugs in Pennsylvania because they have no approved medical usage.
Depending on several factors including the quantity of the drugs, you may be charged by both Pennsylvania prosecutors and Federal prosecutors.
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Below are minimum sentencing guidelines for PWID drugs in both Pennsylvania and U.S. Federal Courts. The fines and sentencing increase if other illegal activity is involved, if the drugs were sold in a school zone or if there are multiple offenses.
Being convicted of PWID of marijuana of over 30 grams is a felony in Pennsylvania.
Less than 30 grams of marijuana, first offense: You face the same charges as a simple possession of marijuana in PA(under 30 grams).
Over 30 grams and less than two pounds of marijuana: Depending on how many offenses, you could face a prison sentence of one to three years and a fine of $5,000-$25,000. Other sentencing factors may apply.
First offense PWID Marijuana in Pennsylvania:
Being convicted on PWID Heroin is a felony that will remain on your criminal record.
First offense of PWID Heroin Conviction in Pennsylvania:
A PWID Methamphetamine conviction is a felony that will remain on your criminal record.
A PWID Cocaine conviction is a felony that will remain on your criminal record.
First offense of PWID Cocaine Conviction in Pennsylvania:
Please see this general overview chart of Drug Sentencing in Pennsylvania.
You may also want to read The Controlled Substances, Drugs, Device, and Cosmetic Act for information on different drug schedules.
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