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Reading Drug Crimes

The city of Reading is the county seat for Berks County. Berks County is located just north of Chester County and the city of Reading is an area containing a significant number of Drug Crimes. In terms of criminal defense, there are several different types of drug crimes that a criminal defendant can be charged with in the city of Reading. heroin crimes Specifically, aside from the various types of illegal drugs that you can be charged with (marijuana, cocaine etc), the main issue a criminal defendant faces is whether he is charged with a felony or misdemeanor. Under Pennsylvania law, Misdemeanor drug crimes are less serious than felony charges. Whereas misdemeanors are typically punishable by a maximum of 5 years, felony drug crimes can be punishable by up to 20 years, depending on the type and quantity of drugs. Regardless of what crimes you are charged with, all criminal defendants should strongly consider consulting with an experienced Reading Drug Crimes attorney if you have been charged with a drug charge.

SO what should I know about Felony Drug Crimes in Reading, Pennsylvania? The first thing to know is that you can be charged and convicted with a felony drug charge if the government can prove that you delivered a drug to another person. Additionally, the government can still convict you of felony drug crimes in places like Reading even if you did not deliver drugs to another person, Drug delivery resulting in death if they can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you possessed drugs with the intent of delivering or selling them to another person. How can the government do that? They can do it by introducing expert testimony (typically an officer with the police) who will state that in his expert opinion the drugs were possessed with the intent to sell. In rendering this opinion the expert looks at the weight of the drugs, how they are packaged, the presence of paraphernalia (baggies, scales etc) and cell phones.

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