By Stephen Sebald

Pennsylvania has strict laws governing drug possession. While many people think they are a minor charge, they are not. A conviction can result in lengthy jail time, hefty fines, a criminal record, and a lasting impact on the rest of your life. If you are facing drug possession allegations, you need to hire an experienced attorney to help you avoid a criminal record and the possible penalties.

In the state of Pennsylvania, it is illegal to possess controlled dangerous substances (CDS) such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, unauthorized prescription drugs, methamphetamines, and other drugs. The penalties vary greatly depending on the type of drug and the amount. The consequences can range from just a fine or probation to long periods of incarceration and harsh fines. In addition, charges can prevent you from obtaining employment or admittance to colleges and make it very difficult to qualify for apartments and other housing.

Accusations do not necessarily mean a conviction—the court must prove the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. There are several defenses that can be used to prevent a guilty verdict, including:

  • Valid prescription
  • Lack of evidence
  • Entrapment
  • Unlawful search and seizure
  • Licensed practitioner to carry the drug
  • Lack of intent or knowledge
  • Drugs didn’t belong to defendant

If you are facing drug possession charges, you need the expertise of a defense attorney who is capable of identifying every possible opportunity to avoid conviction or reduce penalties on a drug crime charge. Our vast experience in state and federal court puts us in the unique possession to provide the most focused and aggressive defense possible. Contact Sebald, Hackwelder, & Knox today at (814) 833-1987.