Certain types of medications and drugs are considered “controlled substances” under both federal laws and state laws. When a substance is a controlled substance, you are not permitted to possess it at all or there may be requirements associated with legally possessing the substance. Having a controlled substance in your possession or using controlled substances without meeting the legal requirements for doing so can lead to drug charge.
Drug charges may be either misdemeanors or felonies depending whether you are using it or trying to or selling it. These drug charges can lead to state or federal prosecution and you may be subject to up to extremely long jail sentences in the most extreme circumstances. Because the penalties and consequences of drug charges are so severe, it is essential to have legal representation when you are facing accusations related to drugs and controlled substances. The Pennsylvania criminal defense law firm of Lawrence R. Dworkin can help.
In the state of Pennsylvania, you may face drug charges for a variety of different types of behavior including:
Typically, simple possession of drugs will result in misdemeanor charges and you may be able to avoid jail time entirely depending on whether the offense is your first and the type and amount of drug you have. If you are charged with intent to distribute or sell drugs, however, the potential consequences of a conviction become much more serious. In every case, it is essential to have legal help to work with you to get the charges dismissed, to help you to make a plea agreement for minimal jail time, or to defend you in court against these serious charges.
If you or a loved one has been arrested or are under suspicion of drug crimes, contact the Pennsylvania criminal defense firm of Lawrence R. Dworkin today to learn how I can help represent your rights. We will advocate for you, keep you informed, advise you on your options and assist you in making the right choice- and we will do it all for an affordable cost.
Contact us today using our online form or at 610-566-0610 to learn how we can help.