Over the past several years, marijuana has become legal in several states. Acceptance of it seems to be growing, according to nationwide polls, especially among college students. Depending on which side of the debate you land, this is either progress or a serious setback.
Regardless, in Pennsylvania, marijuana is still considered an illegal drug. The federal government also still classifies it as an illegal Schedule I substance. Anyone facing marijuana possession or delivery charges, from white collar executives to college students, should learn about potential defense options from a qualified attorney.
If you or a loved one is facing marijuana possession charges and lives in West Chester or Reading, don't hesitate to contact Law Offices of Kelly & Conte. Schedule a free initial consultation with us and call 610-314-7066.
Marijuana Penalties In Pennsylvania
Charges involving marijuana may lead to lengthy jail time and heavy fines. Sentencing depends on a variety of factors, including the amount of marijuana at issue and prior convictions.
Here are some common charges:
- Possession of marijuana: Possessing 30 grams or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor and carries up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine of $500.
- Possession with intent to deliver: Depending on the amount, selling or distributing marijuana is a felony that carries potential jail time of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $100,000.
- Possession of paraphernalia: This is a misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to a year in jail as well as a $2,500 fine.
- Federal marijuana trafficking: Federal drug charges have the potential for significant penalties. A federal trafficking charge for less than 50 kilograms carries a sentence of up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000. Trafficking a large amount, over 1,000 kilograms, carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years. The maximum penalty is life in prison and a fine of up to $10 million.
Other penalties include driver's license suspension, long-term probation and mandatory drug rehabilitation. There may be other, less obvious penalties, too. For example, college students convicted of drug crimes become ineligible for certain forms of financial aid.
An Experienced, Strategic Criminal Defense Firm
Law Offices of Kelly & Conte can work with you to develop a plan of action to get charges dismissed or reduced. We understand prosecutorial tactics and know how to respond to them effectively. We will examine all evidence against you and will actively challenge it when we find mistakes.
It's important to take a potential marijuana crime seriously. Your future is at stake. To talk to a lawyer about your case, call 610-314-7066.