Drug crimes in Pennsylvania are serious charges and can mean serious penalties for individuals accused of drug crimes. Potential penalties can include fines, probation and incarceration. In addition, drug charges can result in minimum sentences which become harsher based on the number of drug offenses the accused individual is facing. The consequences of drug charges can be long lasting and can have a significant future impact on an accused individual as well.
Individuals accused of drug charges can also face the loss of the right to own a firearm and may face challenges associated with employment, education and housing opportunities as a result of the drug charges they are facing. There are a variety of different types of drug charges individuals may face, including drug possession charges; drug distribution charges; drug trafficking charges; charges associated with growing marijuana or operating a meth lab; or the sale of controlled substances.
It is important for anyone facing criminal charges, including drug charges, to be familiar with their criminal defense rights. In circumstances when authorities have violated protections an accused individual enjoys, or violated required procedures, it may be possible to challenge the charges the accused individual is facing and the evidence being alleged against the accused individual. Negotiation and plea agreements are also an important part of the criminal justice system.
It is important develop an effective criminal defense strategy, based on the circumstances and needs of the accused individual, that may be able to reduce the consequences the accused individual is facing. Because of the serious nature of drug charges, it is essential for accused individuals to be familiar with their criminal defense rights and protections and know how to use them when needed.