The drug laws in Pennsylvania don’t leave any room for guessing about what is going to happen if you are caught with illegal substances. Cocaine is one of the drugs that is specifically addressed in this state. If you are facing criminal charges for anything to do with it, you need to understand what you are looking at as you go through the criminal justice process.
Sometimes, drug addiction is the root cause of the drug problem. In these cases, the individual is likely facing cocaine possession charges. If you are fighting this charge, you are up against a misdemeanor that comes with one year in prison and a possible fine of $5,000. That is only for the first conviction. Any conviction after that comes with three years in jail and up to $25,000 for a fine.
Being caught selling cocaine is a more serious matter. Individuals facing this charge are looking at a felony that can land them in prison for 15 years. The fine is also much higher at $250,000. If this is a subsequent conviction, the penalties are doubled. They are also twice as harsh for selling to a minor.
Sometimes, it is possible to enter into the drug court program. This isn’t guaranteed as it depends on the availability and your criminal history. This might be a good option if you are interested in trying to get clean and stay that way. There might also be the possibility of a plea deal if drug court isn’t a possibility.
It is imperative that you try to learn your options as early in the case as possible. This gives you a chance to consider them and move forward with your chosen option as soon as possible.