Harsh Penalties Follow Drug Crime Convictions

Last updated on September 13, 2023

With an increased focus on reducing drug use, Pennsylvania lawmakers and law enforcement take a hard stance on drug possession. Under Pennsylvania’s drug laws, an individual can be charged with a drug-related offense for possession of illegal substances or drug paraphernalia. Possession of a small amount of marijuana or a controlled substance for recreational use could turn into a criminal charge with lasting implications. Don’t let the threat of a drug charge impede your future. Count on Robert S. Muir, Attorney at Law, to protect your rights and fight the charge.

Substance Classification And Penalties

Pennsylvania classifies drugs into five schedules based on the drug’s potential for abuse and medicinal value. Penalties increase on a sliding scale for drugs that carry a higher risk of addiction and abuse and minimal medicinal value.

Penalties for drug-related crimes vary depending on the substance, amount and any prior criminal convictions. For misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance or drug paraphernalia, the penalty is up to one year in jail and fines of up to $5,000. Felony charges include trafficking, possession with intent to deliver and unlawful manufacturing. Fines for felony drug charges can reach $250,000, and you may be sentenced to up to 15 years in jail.

Concerns For College Students

A drug-related charge and subsequent conviction can leave a permanent stain on your record, making it difficult to get a job or secure a place to live upon graduation. A charge can also impact your eligibility for financial aid and scholarships. You need aggressive representation to prevent a drug charge in college from negatively affecting your long-term goals.

Get Your Defense Started

Upon your arrest, the prosecution immediately starts working toward a conviction. You need to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer to work on your case right away. To begin the process, I offer free consultations. To schedule yours, call my Indiana office at 724-471-6457 or reach me online. I protect the rights of clients in Armstrong, Cambria, Indiana, and Westmoreland counties.