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Defending against drug possession charges

If you are charged with possession of an illegal substance, you may be concerned about what the future holds. Criminal defense attorneys help defend against drug charges. The defense strategy used in your case will depend on the facts surrounding your arrest, your criminal history and the quantity and type of substance allegedly in your possession.

Pennsylvania men face drug charges after overdose death

Generally, possession of an illegal substance with the intent to distribute is a serious crime and often results in more serious consequences than drug possession for personal use. However, in Pennsylvania, you can also be charged with drug delivery resulting in death, which is perhaps the most serious drug charge of all. Drug delivery resulting in death can result in a sentence of up to 40 years in prison and is classified as a felony.

In Pennsylvania, can one be charged for someone else's drugs?

As most folks know, possession of a controlled substance - methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin or a synthetic like oxycontin or marijuana without a prescription, for example - is illegal. But what if a friend, relative or acquaintance leaves narcotics in someone else's car or room, and they somehow find their way into the hands of law enforcement? Could the unsuspecting non-owner face drug charges? Like it or not, it is possible that such a scenario could result in the person being charged with a crime.

In Pennsylvania, even legal pot can cause legal trouble

With the state's recent legalization of medical marijuana, Pennsylvania is now in the final phases of implementing the law. And medical marijuana dispensaries have been popping up across the Keystone State, including the first to open in the State College area. Although medical marijuana may be perfectly legal in Pennsylvania - with a prescription and a patient card - patients must still use caution to avoid drug charges, DUI and other potential pitfalls.

Snowball effect leads to Centre County meth lab bust

Sometimes, especially where criminal charges are concerned, one thing can lead to another and a person can find themselves bogged down in a legal quagmire. This can be especially true if a person was careless or indiscreet, essentially inviting drug charges that were filed against them. When an officer stops someone, they must have reasonable suspicion to do so. In order to search or enter a home, an officer needs a warrant, or in the absence of a warrant, articulable probable cause. Officers don't need any of these things, however, if they are invited into a home.

Penn State student allegedly sold cocaine out of frat house

A college campus is like a microcosm of society. Just about anything that goes on off campus also happens on campus. And Penn State is no exception. For better or worse, this observation also applies to the kinds of crime one will find on campus. Allegations of some types of criminal activities, like those related to drugs, underage drinking and sexual assault, are even more prevalent on college or university campuses than in the rest of Pennsylvania.

An overdose death could mean 40 years for defendant

Most people in Pennsylvania know that it is illegal to buy or sell narcotics. Either party to such a transaction may end up facing drug charges. If, however, the person who purchased the narcotics ends up dying from their use, the person who sold the narcotics to the deceased could be in considerably more trouble.

Another major drug bust in Pennsylvania

Just weeks after a sweep resulted in the arrests of 30 defendants in Blair County, two men in a home in the Feltonville area of Philadelphia were arrested with more than 15 pounds of heroin and fentanyl, the synthetic opioid that has been tied to several deaths in the current "opioid crisis." The Pennsylvania Attorney General says that the narcotics have an estimated street value over $2.6 million. The men face drug charges that include possession and conspiracy to distribute.

Stepped-up enforcement resulting in more drug charges

The publicity that has attended the "opioid crisis" in the United States has put considerable pressure on law enforcement agencies to crack down on the illegal sale and distribution of drugs, in general, and of heroin and opioids, in particular. Because of this, Pennsylvania has seen a large number of drug sweeps and multi-defendant drug busts over the last several months. While stemming the tide of deaths from opioids is crucial, so too is making sure that defendants arrested on drug charges are afforded all their constitutional rights.

Pennsylvania DAs want to increase opioid sentences

In light of increased local and national concern over deaths caused by opioids and fentanyl, in particular, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association is pushing the state's Sentencing Commission for harsher guidelines for opioid offenses. The PDAA urged the changes less than two months after a kilogram of fentanyl was seized in Montgomery County. According to the PDAA president's testimony before the commission, this amount is enough to kill almost half a million people.

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