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Penalties for Pennsylvania Drug Charges

High demand and distribution of illicit drugs continues to be a serious issue for Pennsylvanians.  According to the PA Attorney General, illegal drugs are the number one threat to public safety in Pennsylvania.

While cocaine, heroin, and marijuana pose serious threats, manufactured drugs like methamphetamine and club drugs are also readily available in our state.  Proximity to New York City and the Interstate 95 corridor make Pennsylvania a destination and distribution state for drug consumers both within and without Berks County.

Given the threat to public health[H1] associated with illegal drug activity, drug crime penalties are significant.  Arrest on any drug charge is reason to get good legal advice fast.

In our criminal defense firm, we work aggressively to uncover facts that make the difference between a misdemeanor and felony crime.  Were the drugs for your own use?  How many grams did you have? Such details can mean the difference between conviction and freedom.

Pennsylvania drug penalties are roughly divided between crimes of possession and crimes of distribution or delivery.  Mandatory minimum sentences provide little flexibility upon conviction.

Consider these penalties:

  • Misdemeanor possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana: 30 days in jail and a $500 fine
  • Possession of other controlled substance: Up to a year in prison and a $5,000 fine
  • Felony dealing or trafficking heroin: Up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine

Amplified sentencing attends factors like distribution in a school zone or possession of a gun.  Details and defense are important—always get good legal representation if arrested on drug charges.


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