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Drug Crimes Marijuana Possession in Pa

Drug Crimes such as the possession of marijuana in the state of Pennsylvania continues to remain illegal today, under the Pennsylvania statute Title 35 section 780-113. There are separate and different penalties for the act of possessing and distributing marijuana. student drug charges In Pennsylvania, the offenses of marijuana are labeled as the possession with presumption of personal use, simple possession of marijuana, and possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver or distribute. When involving the possession of marijuana, the penalties are guided by the amount of marijuana possessed at the time of police interaction. Small amounts of marijuana are counted as misdemeanors, however can still result in fines and/or legal punishment. For example, a charge of under 30 grams can result in up to 30 days in prison and/or a fine of $500.00. While a charge over 30 grams can result in up to 1 year in prison and/or a fine of $1,000.00, while still being considered a misdemeanor. Consecutive charges of possession can result in increased jail time and larger fines. Consult with an experienced Chester County Marijuana lawyer if you are being investigation for either possessing or dealing marijuana.

Drug Crimes Mandatory Minimum Sentence

The majority of mandatory minimum sentences are associated with convictions for drug crimes. Following a guilty plea, judges are required to sentence offenders to a mandatory minimum for specific crimes. Marijuana Crimes Mandatory minimum sentencing is a type of sentencing that includes fixed fines and or prison and jail sentences. When choosing the minimum sentence (when a minimum mandatory does not exist), judges are able to use a certain amount of discretion that allows them to make an appropriate decision. Their discretion allows them to use fair judgment for sentencing based on the following information: a defendant's age, prior criminal record, personal background, and the specific crime charged. However, statutes are put in place for the required minimum time that must be served, which takes away judicial discretion.

Drug Crimes Chester County Drug Court

Chester County provides a drug court program for non-violent drug dependent offenders charged with Drug Crimes, which provides treatment and judicial authority intended to support offenders in treatment. heroin This program consists of four phases lasting from the minimum of 12 months to 24 months. Drug court is run by the Chester County District Attorney's Office and the Office of Drugs and Alcohol Services, bail agency, and adult probation. All of these different agencies are involved in supervising and implementing rules for criminal defendants who are placed on the program with the goal of rehabilitating the accused from his or her dependency on drugs and alcohol. If you have received a non-mandatory drug offense, or are a first time DUI/drug offender, contact the lawyers at the Law Office of Kelly and Conte for good legal representation regarding an alternative to a conviction.

Drug Crimes Possession of drug paraphernalia

Drug Crimes such as Possession of Drug Paraphernalia can have serious consequences. Possession of drug paraphernalia is a very serious crime and can result in penalties that are more serious than a simple possession of drug charge. meth crimes If convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia you could face prison time of up to one year and also receive a $2,500 fine for a first offense. According to Pennsylvania law, any item that has been suspected of being used for smoking, ingesting, inhaling, storing, hiding, packaging, mixing, growing, producing or distributing drugs could be considered as drug paraphernalia. Examples of this can be baggies used to store drugs, anything used to ingest drugs, such as pipes, blunts etc and scales and other items. Under Pennsylvania law and when referring to a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession can be either constructive or actual possession. "Constructive Possession" means that the defendant was in close proximity to the drug paraphernalia, was aware of its presence and had the intent to possess it. Such as a lady sitting next to her pocket book. Actual possession refers to illegal drug paraphernalia being found on your person.

Drug Crimes on College Campuses

Drug Crimes, or crimes involving the use or sale of drugs do occur on college campuses. In Pennsylvania, some of the most common drugs to be found on college campuses are alcohol, marijuana, and Adderall, and other stimulant medications. heroine Underage drinking is a major problem when talking about drug crimes on college campuses. Alcohol, although not commonly considered to be a drug is one albeit legal to those over 21 years of age. If you are found to be in possession of drugs, like alcohol or marijuana, there are consequences from both the university and also local law enforcement. Abusing alcohol can lead to college students committing alcohol-related crimes and can also lead to driving under the influence. Being caught with other drugs has a major impact on a student's future. Before a student makes any decision on their drug related charge on campus, including any plea deals, it is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

Drug Crimes Drug Court in Montgomery County

Drug court in Montgomery County provide substance abuse treatment, education for individuals charged with Drug Crimes in Montgomery County. Drug Court also provides other services for the defendant under supervision of the criminal justice system. heroin crimes Montgomery County Drug Court uses methods that help empower participants in the drug treatment court to overcome addictions and other barriers that interfere with their behavior and life choices. Their mission is to enhance the safety of the community. While the participant in the Drug Court is receiving treatment, they are also supervised by a judge, District Attorney, Public Defender, support systems, and a probation officer to help them achieve their goal. The program is also a way to promote community safety because it reduces the recidivism rates among the offenders and it offers Drug addicts hope through working with a twelve step program for recovery.

Drug Crimes Theft of services

When people think of Drug Crimes, one of the last crimes people think of is Theft of Services. drug possession However, Theft of Services is a crime very closely associated with Drug Crimes. Before we explore how and why that is the case, it is helpful to review what the government must prove in order for a defendant to be found guilty of this crime. A person is guilty of the crime of Theft of Services if the accused intentionally obtains services for himself or for another which he knows are only available for compensation. Second, that the services were obtained by the defendant either by deception or threat. And finally, that the deception occurred as a result of either altering or tampering with the public utility meter or measuring device by which such services are delivered so that the public utility would not have knowledge of how much power is being used.

Drug Crimes probable cause to stop a vehicle

One of the primary defenses raised in Drug Crimes cases is to argue that the police did not have probable cause to stop a vehicle and later search the car for drugs. Intent to Deliver charges Typically, the police claim that they stopped a vehicle because the driver committed a vehicle code violation such as running a red light or not putting on a turn signal before turning. Under Pennsylvania law, the police are permitted to stop a motor vehicle if the driver of the vehicle commits a driving infraction or motor vehicle code violation. One issue that arises in Drug Crime cases is that after the vehicle is stopped the police find drugs in the vehicle. The defendant, through his attorney may challenge the police's basis for stopping the vehicle. If the court finds that the police did not have probable cause to stop the vehicle, then the drugs are suppressed and the case is dismissed by the court. Make sure to contact an experienced Chester County Drug Lawyer at the Law Offices of Kelly & Conte.

Drug Crimes Medical Marijuana Cards

One issue that arises in drug crimes, specifically those involving an allegation of the possession of marijuana is, are Medical Marijuana cards a defense to drug crime charges in the state of Pennsylvania. And the answer to this question is sometimes. Recently the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has approved the medicinal use of marijuana. Intent to Deliver Unfortunately, some criminal defendants take that to mean that they are allowed to drive their vehicle on a roadway in Pennsylvania after ingesting pot so long as the marijuana was prescribed medically. Unfortunately, the law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania makes it illegal for any individual to operate a motor vehicle with any marijuana in his system. This is true regardless of whether or not the marijuana was prescribed by a doctor or purchased on a street corner. This is also true regardless of whether the marijuana has any actual effect on a criminal defendant's ability to safely drive his car. The rule regarding DUI and marijuana in Pennsylvania is that a defendant is guilty of DUI so long as marijuana is in the bloodstream of a driver, even if the marijuana is no longer impairing his driving.

Drug Crimes Entrapment

One issue that seems to arise in Drug Crimes cases is the issue of Entrapment. Frequently, criminal defendants facing Drug Crimes charges will feel as though the police officers or state troopers entrapped them into committing the crime. Under Pennsylvania law however, that is rarely the case. intent to deliver The general rule of entrapment is that a police officer or a person acting in cooperation with the police (such as a confidential informant), perpetrates an entrapment if for the purpose of obtaining evidence of a crime (such as illegal drugs) he convinces the criminal defendant to commit acts which are part of drug crimes, by either:

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