Drug crimes are serious criminal charges that require a skilled defense, strong criminal defense strategy and knowledge of the criminal justice process and the rights of the accused individual. This blog recently discussed some of the rights individuals accused of crimes have when facing criminal accusations, allegations and charges. It is important for individuals who have been accused of committing a crime to understand their criminal defense rights and the right to respond to the charges they are facing.
Drug charges and a conviction for a drug crime can follow an accused individual throughout their lifetime and remain on their criminal record for life. Drug charges carry mandatory minimum sentences which means accused individuals face jail or prison time. In addition, drug charges can impact educational opportunities, professional opportunities and can result in the loss of a driver's license or ability to own a firearm.
Drug charges in Pennsylvania can be misdemeanor or felony charges and neither should be treated lightly by the accused individual. Possible drug charges accused individual's may face include possession charges; possession with the intent to deliver charges; drug trafficking charges; possession of drug paraphernalia charges; drug charges involving marijuana, heroin, Ecstacy, cocaine, oxycodone and others; cultivation charges; and prescription drug charges and other related charges.
Accused individuals have important rights not to talk to the police and protections against illegal searches and seizures, for instance. When fighting drug charges, it may be possible to challenge the evidence being alleged against the accused individual if their rights were violated during the collection process which is why accused individuals should always be familiar with their criminal defense rights and protections.