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Drug Possession Charges in Pennsylvania –

Information on Penalties, Your Legal Rights, and Fighting Drug Charges

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If you were charged with drug possession in Pennsylvania, the penalties for drug convictions are severe, including up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine. (See below for minimum sentencing information.)

drug charges in paHowever, for first-time drug charges, small amounts of a controlled substance, or a small amount of marijuana, you may qualify for first-offender programs and a reduced sentence.

If this is a second or third offense, an experienced drug lawyer can help prepare your case to fight for the minimum amount of penalties, a reduced sentence or charges, or even a case dismissal.

The Drug Attorneys at Saadzoi Law can help. We are aggressive and savvy attorneys with a track record for winning tough criminal cases.

A Drug Charge is Not a Drug Conviction.

You have every right to fight your charges and try to have your charges reduced or dismissed altogether. An experienced attorney can prepare a solid strategy and can help defend your rights and fight for your freedom.

Call Attorney Saadzoi for a free legal case evaluation. We will work to reduce your charges or have them dropped altogether. 

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What is “Simple Possession”?

The difference between simple possession and PWID (Possession with Intent to Distribute) usually involves the amount that you had in your possession at the time of the arrest, however, other factors can contribute to the charges.

The types of drugs in your possession and which Schedule they fall under can also determine whether you are charged with simple possession or PWID.

Read more about drug penalties in Pennsylvania.

Penalties for Simple Possession in PA

Jail Time, Fines, and Your License – What Happens after a Drug Conviction?

A first-time drug offense for simple possession is a misdemeanor and can mean up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine. This is true for less than 5 grams of methamphetamine, less than one gram of heroin, less than 2 grams of PCP or cocaine, and over 30 grams of marijuana. Illegal prescription medication may vary.

If you are charged with PWID or Possession with Intent to Deliver, the penalties will sharply increase.

A second offense could mean up to three years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.

In addition to the penalties from the courts, PennDOT will suspend your license for a simple drug possession charge. The length of time depends on whether it is a first or subsequent offense.

Penalties for a Small Amount of Marijuana Conviction

If you are charged with a small amount of marijuana in Pennsylvania, you can still face up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $500. And it is still a misdemeanor on your record.

Penalties for any amount of Fentanyl Conviction

Because so many people are overdosing and dying, law enforcement is cracking down on any amount of fentanyl possession. If you are convicted, the minimum sentence is two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Penalties for Drug Paraphernalia Conviction

If you are charged with drug paraphernalia, you face a misdemeanor on your record, up to one year in jail, and a $2,500 fine.

Penalties for a Heroin Conviction

Since Pennsylvania classifies heroin as a Schedule I substance, a first offense can still mean up to one year in prison and a $5,000 fine, even with less than one gram of heroin.

Indirect Penalties for a Drug Conviction

It is possible that your assets can be seized and forfeited if they were used during the course of any crimes. If this is the case, our asset forfeiture lawyers can help. Assets can include your car, your home, cash, commercial property, guns, boats, etc.

In addition to court fees, time in jail, and having a permanent criminal record, there are many other penalties you will face in the future if you have a criminal record. These include having trouble finding a job in the future. Any employer conducting a basic background check will see your record. This is true also for potential landlords, financial institutions, and college admission offices, so you may have problems in the future finding housing, getting a loan for a vehicle, and being admitted to college.

Other indirect penalties are those concerning being prohibited from gun ownership, loss of parental rights, losing your current job, and mandatory drug treatment and rehab.

In addition, any other criminal charge you may face in the future can pile on or become more severe due to a past criminal conviction.

A Drug Charge is Not a Drug Conviction.

Our legal team will fight your charges. Call me today – Attorney Wana Saadzoi – for a free legal case evaluation. I will work to reduce your charges or have them dropped altogether. 

At my law firm I help people from all walks of life who have been arrested for all types of drug crimes, whether it is possession of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, OxyContin, or Fentanyl. I have the experience and the knowledge to build a strong case and help you achieve the best possible outcome for you and your family.

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How Can Saadzoi Law Help?

Contact our Pennsylvania Drug Lawyers immediately if you were arrested on drug charges for a free consultation about your case.

Attorney Saadzoi will investigate the charges against you, gather evidence, and file motions to reduce or dismiss the charges. It may be possible to get you admitted to a drug treatment program instead of prison or you may be eligible for the Pennsylvania ARD Program if it is a first-time drug offense.

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Several defenses can be used when battling drug charges in court. These include having a lack of knowledge or intent and having a very small quantity of the drug in possession. In addition, if the police made any missteps in their handling of the case or methods used in pursuing the case, your case could be dropped altogether.

It is very important to have an experienced attorney on your side, who is compassionate to your situation, who understands the law to a “T”, AND who will pull every stop to fight for your clean record.

In addition to the severe consequences of a conviction, your legal immigration status in the U.S. could be at risk. Attorney Saadzoi is also a skilled Pennsylvania immigration attorney.

Call Attorney Saadzoi – An Experienced and Aggressive Criminal Lawyer. Call 610-566-5956 to schedule a free consultation.

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