Pennsylvania is tough on individuals who are found to be in possession of drugs. What this means is that you may be facing a significant penalty if you are found guilty of this offense. What penalty you face will have lots of determining factors, such as the amount of drugs you have on you when you are arrested and whether you have any previous criminal history.
If you, or someone you love, has been arrested for drug possession, there’s a lot to think about. It is a really worrying and difficult time. The best thing you can do is to arm yourself with all the information you can so you know what you might be facing.
Possibly penalties for drug possession
Below are the standard penalties you may be looking at for first and subsequent drug possession charges:
- First offense: This is treated as a Misdemeanor offense which carries up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $5,000
- Second offense: This is also likely to be treated as a Misdemeanor which carries up to three years in jail and a maximum fine of $25,000.
- Possession of marijuana: If you are found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana, this Misdemeanor offense comes with a penalty of up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.
There are also further considerations that can aggravate an offense such as carrying a weapon or distributing it to a minor. If you are driving at the time, you also risk losing your driving license.
If you have been arrested for a drug possession offense, the best thing you can do is to have legal representation as early on as possible. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call the Quinn Law Firm today at 814-806-2518.