Arrested for Meth Possession in Pennsylvania?
Fight Back With an Aggressive Criminal Defense Lawyer!
If you are accused of methamphetamine possession, I know you
are under a significant amount of stress. Not only are you facing
possible prison time, but a permanent criminal record. The stakes
are high when up against charges like these, and you need someone
in your corner now more than ever.
Because of its highly addictive nature, meth is treated very
seriously in the Pennsylvania courts. When you are caught with
meth, you can expect to be treated like an addict, whether or not
you have a drug problem. It’s unfair—but it’s reality.
Proving "Possession" in Court
In order to convict you of a meth charge, the prosecution must
prove that you knowingly and deliberately possessed a controlled
substance, that it was meth and you knew it was meth, and that you
had control of the drug. You do not have to have the meth
in your pocket, merely be in control of it.
This means you can be tried and even convicted for drugs that
were near you, on your property, or within your reach. If someone
stashes drugs in your car and the jury doesn’t believe that you
didn’t know about it, you could be convicted. If the police arrive
on the scene to find drugs at your feet on a busy city street
corner, you could be arrested.
Pennsylvania Meth Possession Laws & Penalties
Generally, those charged with methamphetamine possession are
accused of possessing less than 5 grams. If this is the case, and
it’s your first such charge, you will face up to 1 year in
jail and $5,000 in fines. If this is your second offense,
you’ll face 2 years and 3 years for a third offense.
However, if you are accused of possessing more than 5 grams,
you could face a mandatory minimum sentence—no
less than 3 years for a first time conviction.
With every conviction, you also stand to lose your license for
at least 6 months, if not more.
Drug Possession Plea Bargains
For those people who simply want to put the case behind them, a
plea bargain may be a good option. The majority of Pennsylvania
meth possession cases end with a plea bargain. You agree to plead
guilty for a portion of the charges against you in exchange for a
lenient sentence. The specific terms of the plea bargain, of
course, depend on the circumstances of your case and the
negotiations between your defense lawyer and the prosecution.
The state of Pennsylvania operates a system of drug courts that
are focused on helping people with drug problems. These involve an
intense period of supervision, similar to probation, and also
include drug treatment.
Each case is unique, as is each defendant. The best option for
your particular case depends on a number of factors, including
your own particular input. If you are charged with methamphetamine
possession, contact us today to discuss your case and how we might
be able to help.
For a free, criminal
defense legal consultation on any meth possession or other drug charge in the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania, call us:
We represent clients in criminal cases
in courts across Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, Harrisburg,
Lebanon, Carlisle and Lancaster, and Bucks,
Montgomery, Northampton, and Lehigh Counties.
In Western Pennsylvania, we cover areas
including the Pittsburgh, PA metro area and Allegheny County.
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