Drug dependency, decriminalization of cannabis, and the opioid epidemic are just a few reasons why drug laws in Pennsylvania are so complicated and, in many cases, so harsh. Just fighting a simple charge for possession of paraphernalia can seem like walking through a minefield.
“Possession with Intent to Deliver” (PWID) and “Possession with Intent” (PWI) charges are even scarier because, for all intents and purposes, the allegation is that you or your loved one is not a drug user but rather a drug dealer. The penalties for being convicted of drug dealing in Pennsylvania include long prison sentences, fines, and potential forfeiture of real property, personal property, and/or cash funds.
What should I do if my loved one or I am charged with a drug crime in Pennsylvania? If you or your loved one has been accused of a drug crime and you would like to get out ahead of it, call 215-650-6500 to discuss your options or get a second opinion from attorney Stephen Stewart. Prosecutors often seek high bails for individuals accused of drug crimes. They make it hard for family and friends to post bail by making loved ones prove that the funds are not a product of the alleged drug operation.
What are the possible sentences if convicted of drug crimes in Pennsylvania? The penalties are wide-ranging because there are so many different ways to violate the law in Pennsylvania. However, some charges do carry lengthy prison sentences for crimes that the average person might not consider so serious. The laws can be harsh to someone who believes he or she committed a “victimless” crime. Call attorney Stephen Stewart at 215-650-6500 to discuss your particular situation.
What if my loved one or I already have an attorney? If you or your loved one has already had a court date in a drug case, a public defender, a court-appointed attorney, or another privately retained attorney will be on the case. Attorney Stephen Stewart can offer a second opinion and potentially an alternative approach to fighting the charges if you are unhappy with your current representation. Book An Appointment to discuss.
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