Defending clients arrested with opioids in PA
Opioid use in the United States has quickly come to the forefront of the news and the focus of the federal government’s war on drugs. Opioid use is on the rise and affecting communities in every state and every socioeconomic status. Heroin is one of the cheapest types of opioids available and abuse of heroin and medicinal opioids is exponentially on the rise, including codeine, fentanyl, hydrocodone, methadone, and oxycodone, just to name a few. Heroin is made from morphine, a product of the opium poppy. As the topic of an “opioid epidemic” becomes front page news, states are quickly ramping up their proactive approach to combatting the abuse of heroin and prescription opioids. If you have been arrested for heroin or another opioid in the state of Pennsylvania, you face a very serious matter. To fight these charges, you need the legal services of a strong criminal defense attorney. For over 25 years, The Conner Law Group has served the greater Philadelphia area with effective representation for all criminal matters. If you are facing a serious drug charge like Heroin or other illegal possession of opioids, contact our firm to discuss your legal matter.
Heroin and the Pennsylvania Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Act
The Pennsylvania Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Act provides the degree of illegality for drugs and paraphernalia connected to them. Mirroring much of the federally enacted Controlled Substance Act of 1970, the state’s Act puts heroin in the Schedule I category. This means that the state and federal government considers heroin the most dangerous of drugs, with no medical benefit, and a high rate of abuse and addiction. Accordingly, the penalties for possession and sales are quite harsh and deserve the attention of a seasoned criminal defense law firm like The Conner Law Group.
Heroin possession arrest penalties
If you are arrested for a simple heroin possession charge, you could be subject to a misdemeanor charge, up to 1 year in jail or a fine up to $5000 dollars, or both. For a subsequent arrest, you could face 3 years in jail or an overwhelming fine up to $25,000, or both. If you were to be convicted, aside from the penalties, you could have a criminal record that could seriously affect your ability to gain employment and housing, impacting your future immensely. It is very important that you fight these charges.
Heroin sales and distribution
If you are caught with an amount that constitutes intent to sell, the tools or contraband that constitutes an intent to sell, or caught in the act of selling or distributing heroin, you could face a detrimental felony charge. The penalties vary by the weight of heroin you are caught with and other factors that lead to evidence of intent. Even if you have an amount that would otherwise constitute a simple possession charge, having paraphernalia that provides evidence of sales could end terribly. If you find yourself in this situation, you should contact our firm to discuss your case.
Contact an experienced Philadelphia heroin arrest attorney
The Conner Law Group understands the impact a drug charge has on the individual. Making the right decision of attorney is critical and our firm is here to serve. Having a criminal record can be devastating. Retaining the services of an effective attorney is imperative. For over 25 years, The Conner Law Group has provided forthright and skillful criminal defense services for clients in Philadelphia, Montgomery County, and all of Southeastern Pennsylvania. For a consultation, contact The Conner Law Group today.