Criminal Penalties and Collateral Consequences Associated With Conviction
In Pennsylvania, possession of any drug for personal use is a misdemeanor offense. If the police believe that the drugs were possessed with the intent to deliver and not for personal use, then the charge would be a felony offense and thereby carry much more severe criminal penalties and collateral consequences.
Even if you are only charged and convicted of a misdemeanor offense of drug possession, the possible sentence includes fines and court costs, a period of probation or incarceration, and a suspension of driving privileges. A conviction of drug possession would also result in the creation of a criminal record, and Pennsylvania law does not currently allow for the expungement of misdemeanor convictions. A criminal record reduces one’s ability to obtain employment and may possibly inhibit licensure in some professional fields. The only way to avoid the collateral consequences is to avoid a conviction of the drug possession charge.
Case Reviewed by Experienced State College Criminal Defense Lawyers
Jason S. Dunkle, our experienced State College drug defense attorney, works to minimize the impact of drug possession charges in both the criminal justice and Penn State disciplinary settings. The impact of drug possession charges may be reduced by:
- Having the client participate in a pretrial diversionary program such as ARD
- Negotiating an agreement with the prosecuting attorney
- Seeking suppression of evidence, based upon perceived violations of the law or Constitution
- Challenging the case at trial
You can view some strategies that were successfully used by our Penn State marijuana possession defense attorney in drug possession cases.
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For a free consultation directly with an experienced Centre County lawyer for defense in a drug possession case, please call (814) 954-7622 or contact us by email.