The most recent Election Day serves as another indication of the direction in which the country is heading with regard to marijuana use. More states have passed ballot measures legalizing recreational marijuana use, and many states and the federal government are attempting to decriminalize marijuana use. With that being said, marijuana offenses are still on the books in Pennsylvania.
One local teen is now facing a felony charge after being arrested for marijuana offenses. According to police, the 18-year-old was arrested after they allegedly found more than 30 grams of marijuana and multiple items considered drug paraphernalia in his vehicle. Police state they noticed a vehicle stopped in a highly drug trafficked area with its lights off and approached it. They further allege that they could smell marijuana on the accused and noticed his eyes were bloodshot.
After attempting to question the accused and his passenger, police claim they searched the vehicle and found the marijuana and paraphernalia. The teen now faces a felony count of possession with intent to distribute, as well as eight counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, amongst other charges.
Facing drug charges can be scary. Aggressive prosecutors may threaten harsh penalties that can have a dramatic effect on an individual's life, and the reality of a conviction can loom large. Those facing allegations of criminal wrongdoing should not be scared into inaction, though. Instead, they need to work hard to develop a legal defense that protects their legal rights and tries to raise doubt as to their guilt. In a drug case, this may mean challenging actual possession, intent, and evidentiary issues like illegal search and seizure. For many New Orleans residents facing drug charges, seeking assistance from a skilled attorney proves beneficial in preparing such a criminal defense.
Source: Lehigh Valley Live, "Forks Township teen faces felony count after pot arrest," Tony Rhodin, Nov. 2, 2016