When it comes to drug charges, you must take them seriously. Whether you have been charged with possession of a drug or with trafficking illegal narcotics and controlled substances, it is vital that you secure an attorney as quickly as possible.
At the SMT Legal, we understand the severity of these charges and will work to build a defense around you. Our goal is to get the charges against you reduced or dismissed altogether so you can get back to living your life. When you need a drug charges lawyer, call us today.
What Can Happen?
The drug charges that can be levied against a person in Pennsylvania are diverse and range from relatively minor to major. Please know that even a minor conviction can lead to major problems. These can include your ability to:
- Get a job
- Go to college
- Get a loan
- Obtain a CDL
For more major charges, defendants can face jail and prison time as well as major fees. State and federal legislators have made penalties for drug convictions severe.
What could you be charged with?
- Simple possession of drugs
- Possession with intent to distribute (PWID)
- Manufacturing of a controlled substance
- Importing, distributing, or trafficking a controlled substance
- Prescription fraud
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
You could face charges for a range of drugs, including:
- Crack cocaine
- Prescription drugs like Oxycontin, Adderall, Vicodin, etc.
Here is a basic overview of just a few of the penalties a person with drug charges faces:
- Being convicted of a drug possession charge can lead to one year of jail time and a $5,000 fine for a first offense.
- Just having drug paraphernalia (a bong, pipe, needles, etc.) can lead to one year in prison and a $2,500 fine.
- Possession with intent to distribute (PWID) charges depend on what drug a person is charged with allegedly attempting to distribute. Penalties range from three years in prison and a $10,000 fine to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
For more serious offenses such as manufacturing or trafficking, you could be facing both state and federal charges. If you are accused of any drug crime in a school zone, the state of Pennsylvania imposes mandatory sentences of two to four years.