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Arrested for Manufacturing, Delivering, or Possessing with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance in Pennsylvania?
Fight Back With an Aggressive, Experienced Criminal Drug Charge Defense Lawyer!
The charge of Manufacturing, Delivering, or Possessing with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance is a serious felony offense under Pennsylvania drug laws. You are very likely facing mandatory jail time if found guilty of these charges.
Don’t give up hope! There are good legal defenses available, and the police and prosecutors sometimes charge intent to sell when a simple possession is the proper charge, according to a careful reading of Penn criminal drug statutes.
Call me for a legal defense consultation immediately at (888) 412-3298. There’s no obligation. And if you wait, you may miss the best opportunity you have for your lawyer to help you.
Pennsylvania Drug Penalties – Intent to Deliver or Manufacture
The categories and penalties for Manufacturing, Delivering, or Possession with Intent to Deliver a controlled substance are related to the specific drug. Most substances are categorized by the federal drug Schedule (I-V) classifications.
The penalties for Possession with intent to Deliver or Manufacture a Controlled Substance (sale, delivery or distribution) in PA are:
- For a Schedule I or II drug (narcotic, e.g. Heroin) – up to 15 years in prison and a up to a $250,000 fine.
- For phencyclidines (PCP), methamphetamines (Meth), cocoa (Cocaine) and its derivatives, or Marijuana in excess of 1,000 pounds - up to 10 years in prison and/or a $100,000 fine.
- For any other Schedule I, II or III drug not included above – up to 5 years in prison and a up to a $15,000 fine.
- For a Schedule IV drug – up to 3 years in prison and a up to a $10,000 fine.
- For a Schedule V – up to 1 year in prison and a up to a $1,000 fine.
Depending on the charges, you can also face separate Federal penalties for drug distribution, sale, or trafficking.
Any above penalty may be doubled or tripled if you are also charged with distributing controlled substances in a school zone, or distributing to aminor/person under 21 years of age.
Also see my penalties and defense information for simple drug possession.
Pennsylvania Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver Defense Strategies
With a charge as serious as selling or distributing drugs, I look for every imaginable opportunity to get my client out from under the most serious risks an penalties. In most cases, I will file a motion to suppress the evidence against you on the grounds of illegal search on grounds of lack of probable cause or police procedural errors. I will challenge the prosecutor to prove that any drugs/controlled substance belong to you or was legally in your possession.
I will also try to get the charges reduced to a simple drug possession charge, to try to get the severity of the charge dropped from a felony to a misdemeanor, and reduce the risk of the most potentially serious penalties and jail time.
Free Legal Defense Consultation on Drug Charges
Serious drug cases are can be complicated, and you need a defense lawyer who has experience fighting and beating these charges to come up with the best possible defense strategy. Please call me about the facts of your specific situation, and I’ll give you my take on what you are facing, and what I can do to help you. There’s no obligation, and all calls are confidential.
For a free, no obligation criminal defense legal consultation on any drug possession with intent, or other drug charge or criminal charge in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, contact us or call us:
We represent clients in criminal cases across Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Lebanon, Carlisle and Lancaster, and Bucks, Montgomery, Northampton, and Lehigh Counties. Call today, there is no obligation! (888) 412-3298
In Western Pennsylvania, we cover defend drug charges in the Pittsburgh, PA metro area and Allegheny County.