In Pennsylvania, possession with intent to deliver (PWID) is a felony-level offense. Prosecutors bring this charge in regard to illegal drugs like cocaine, marijuana and heroin as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone.
Our attorneys understand what's at stake when people come to us facing PWID charges. That's why we work diligently on behalf of our clients to protect their futures.
If you're in West Chester or Reading, Pennsylvania, and have been charged with possession with intent to deliver and have questions, contact Law Offices of Kelly & Conte at 610-314-7066 or get in touch with us.
Understanding An Intent To Deliver Charge
Authorities bring PWID charges in a variety of circumstances. First, if an individual is arrested with a large amount of a drug, it may be assumed that the person plans to sell it. Another factor that might lead to this assumption is the sorts of containers the drugs are found in.
Charges may also be brought if the police observed an individual selling drugs or if a person is thought to be collaborating with someone who is selling drugs.
Penalties vary based upon the type and quantity of drug and other factors. Generally speaking, though, the penalties are as follows:
- Marijuana: You may face from one to 10 years in jail and a fine that ranges from $5,000 to $100,000 depending on the amount of marijuana at issue.
- Prescription drugs: Prescription narcotics like OxyContin could land you in jail for up to 15 years and may set you back by as much as $250,000.
- Cocaine: The maximum sentence is 20 years in jail and a $200,000 fine for a first conviction.
We Defend The Rights Of Our Clients
Because of the severity of the penalties, it's important to take your defense strategy seriously.
The way we approach each case depends on the unique facts involved, but here are some ways we may work to get charges reduced or penalties minimized:
- The evidence used against you may not be solid. We may call it into question.
- If the police conducted a search, we may challenge the way it was conducted.
- We may seek a plea agreement to obtain a lesser charge.
If you've been arrested in connection with a felony drug offense, you need a criminal defense lawyer. Get in touch with Law Offices of Kelly & Conte by calling 610-314-7066.