Defending clients arrested with cocaine in PA
Being arrested for cocaine possession or sales is a very serious matter. Pennsylvania is aggressive towards drugs. Law enforcement is proactive in combatting drug abuse. The courts are aggressive and prosecutors are hostile towards those who are caught with an illicit drug like cocaine. Cocaine remains illegal. If you are arrested with this drug, your life could be seriously impacted, including a criminal charge, fines, and potential jail time. You need a skillful and seasoned criminal defense attorney on your side. For over 25 years, The Conner Law Group has provided effective and experienced legal service to clients facing drug offenses in the state of Pennsylvania. Through our years of service, we have represented and fought for countless clients facing cocaine possession charges. We understand the impact a cocaine charge has on a person’s life and we are ready to assess your situation and provide the legal services you need to help you come to the best conclusion possible. For a free consultation, contact The Conner Law Group.
Cocaine and the Pennsylvania Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Act
In 1972, Pennsylvania enacted the Pennsylvania Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Act. In this act, the state declared the degree of illegality for controlled substances and the tools to use them. This act mirrors much of the same terms detailed in the federally-enacted Controlled Substance Act of 1970. In the state’s act, it details the schedules of drugs, including cocaine. Schedule I drugs, including cocaine, are deemed the most dangerous and come with no medical benefits and a high degree of addiction.
Pennsylvania cocaine possession penalties
In Pennsylvania, a simple possession charge for cocaine is a very serious matter. For cocaine possession, the penalties for a first offense is a misdemeanor charge, up to 1 year in jail, and/or a maximum fine of $5000. For a second or subsequent offense, a person could be subject to a misdemeanor charge, up to 3 years in jail and/or a fine up to $25,000.
Cocaine sales or distribution
Cocaine is a Schedule I drug, meaning that it is considered one of the most dangerous drugs around. Accordingly, the penalties for intent to sell, or sales and distribution are harsh. Though drug laws are constantly in flux, for the most part, this charge is a felony that comes with varying jail time and fines depending greatly on the amount in possession. If you are caught with a certain amount of cocaine or evidence of an intent to sell it, including paraphernalia that gives the impression of said intent, you could be in serious trouble and it is critical that you have a strong criminal defense attorney on your side.
Contact an effective cocaine arrest attorney
A cocaine arrest is a very significant legal matter. If you were to be arrested for cocaine in the state of Pennsylvania, you could be subject to a criminal record that can impact your future. It is important that you have the right attorney on your side. For over 25 years, The Conner Law Group has been a quality legal resource to the people of Pennsylvania. Our dedication to clients and our accessibility provide the support they need when it matters most. When a client needs our help, we work tirelessly to develop a comprehensive defense strategy and fight for them in court. For a consultation, contact The Conner Law Group today.