Harrisburg Drug Crimes Attorney
Drug possession and manufacturing are serious crimes in Pennsylvania. If you have been charged with a drug-related crime, you should contact an experienced drug crimes defense attorney immediately. Attorney Elisabeth K. H. Pasqualini at EKHP Law, LLC can fight aggressively for your defense and argue for minimum penalties. You deserve an attorney who knows how to win a favorable outcome and not waste her clients’ time.
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What Constitutes a Drug Crime?
You can be charged with a drug crime if you possess illegal or controlled substances such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines, heroin, and other drugs. Drug possession laws are generally classified as simple possession for personal use or possession with intent to distribute, which carries more severe penalties. To convict you, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you:
- Knew the drug in question was a controlled substance
- Knowingly had possession or control of the drug
Beyond drug possession, to prove a case for drug manufacturing, the prosecution must show beyond a reasonable doubt that you manufactured an illegal drug in Pennsylvania and did not have license to do so. Some common examples of criminal drug manufacturing are:
- Cultivating marijuana
- Operating a drug lab
- Manufacturing methamphetamines
Be aware that drug possession laws also penalize possession of drug paraphernalia, such as syringes, crack pipes, or bongs. For more information on specific illegal drugs in Pennsylvania, visit the firm’s Guns and Drugs page.
Defense Against Drug Crimes in Harrisburg
Some effective defense strategies against a drug crime include:
- Lack of intent
- Lack of knowledge
- Insufficient quantity of the drug
- The drug was prescribed by a medical practitioner
- You have a license to carry the drug
- The drugs did not belong to you
- Unlawful search and seizure
Note that as opposed to other states, Pennsylvania does not accept addiction as a valid defense against drug possession charges.
Penalties for Drug Crimes
Penalties for drug crimes may range from minor probation or fines to lengthy prison sentences. The court will determine your particular sentence based on:
- The type of drug in possession
- The amount found
- How Pennsylvania classifies the drug
For example, possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana is considered an ungraded misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in prison and/or a fine of up to $500. Possession of other narcotic drugs, on the other hand, is a felony that carries up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000 or more, depending on the assets and profits you’ve built up from the illegal activity.
On the note of drug manufacturing, Pennsylvania typically classifies the activity as a misdemeanor that can carry prison sentences of 1 to 3 years and/or a fine of up to $25,000. The factors determining your individual penalties are:
- Prior convictions
- The nature of the drug manufacturing
Pennsylvania law charges the cultivation of up to 9 marijuana plants as a misdemeanor. The cultivation of 10 to 21 plants is a felony with a mandatory minimum sentence of 1 year in prison and a $5,000 fine, while growing 22 plants or more can lead to a mandatory 3-year sentence and $15,000 fine. The manufacturing of hashish or other marijuana concentrates is a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines, and methamphetamine manufacturing is charged as a felony with up to 10 years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines.
Facing a Drug Crime Charge? Let EKHP Law, LLC Help.
If you are facing drug possession or manufacturing charges, contact a drug crimes lawyer immediately. A good attorney can help you reduce the severity of your conviction or even drop the charge, depending on the facts of your case. EKHP Law, LLC represents clients charged with state and federal drug crimes, and you can trust the firm to take an aggressive approach to your case. For capable and fearless representation, let the team at EKHP Law, LLC help.
Speak with the attorney at EKHP Law, LLC today for a free initial consultation on your drug crime charge.
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