In Pennsylvania, it is illegal for a person to possess certain drugs. That person is likely to be arrested, charged and sentenced if the prosecutor can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they knew they were in possession of illegal drugs. However, there are defenses to being found with drugs on your person or on your property. The following includes further information on what you should know about drug possession charges in Pennsylvania.
Type of defenses used for this type of charges
When you consult a criminal law attorney, they will look into your particular situation and determine the best possible defense to the charges placed against you. For example, if the drugs came from a medical professional, your attorney may state that you are legally allowed to possess those particular drugs, at which point you will need to present proof.
Another possible route includes the defense of unlawful search and seizure by the police officers who discovered the drugs. If your attorney can prove that the police officers violated your constitutional rights, the judge may rule in your favor and drop the charges. Other types of defenses include:
- Lack of intent
- Proof that the drugs were not yours
- Allegations of entrapment
Consequences of drug possession in Pennsylvania
The consequences a person faces when they are charged for drug possessions are determined by the type and amount of drug found on them. Common and less harmful drugs might come with a short prison sentence and a large fine. Harder drugs such as cocaine can carry a much harsher punishment, such as being sentenced to more than a decade in prison along with a hefty fine.
If you have been accused of drug possession, it is imperative that you seek the services of an attorney as soon as possible. An attorney may be able to provide the needed legal experience to dismiss or diminish the charges placed against you.