In Pennsylvania, drug crimes are serious criminal charges which can carry harsh potential penalties and consequences. Convictions for drug crimes remain on an accused individual's record for their lifetime and can have serious consequences for the accused individual's personal life and employment and may threaten their freedom and future. Penalties for drug charges in Pennsylvania can include mandatory incarceration, fees and the loss of a driver's license or professional license.
There is no such thing as a minor drug charge in terms of potential penalties and consequences to the accused individual. Both misdemeanor and felony drug charges can be serious. Drug charges can include drug possession charges; possession with the intent to deliver; drug trafficking charges; drug cultivation charges; charges related to drug paraphernalia; prescription drug charges and charges related to illegally or fraudulently obtaining prescription drugs. Drug charges can include charges related to marijuana, heroin, Ecstasy, cocaine, oxycodone and others.
Criminal charges, including drug charges, require a prompt criminal defense response and a strong criminal defense strategy. If authorities have engaged in any improper activities, such as an illegal search in violation of the accused individual's rights, it may be possible to challenge the evidence obtained and alleged against the accused individual and the criminal charges they are facing. Individuals accused of drug crimes have important protections available to them through the criminal justice system.
Because of the serious nature of the charges, and the protections they enjoy, it is important for accused individuals to be familiar with their criminal defense rights and how to enforce them. It begins with ensuring they have the strongest criminal defense strategy possible for the situation they are facing.