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If someone overdoses on illegal drugs and dies in Pennsylvania, the person who supplied those drugs can be held legally responsible. In other words, the court can send the supplier to prison as if they had committed murder—even if they did not intend for the person to die and were not present when it happened. If you are charged with the delivery of drugs resulting in death, you must take steps to protect yourself as soon as possible.

A death by delivery charge is a serious allegation that can result in significant jail time if experienced criminal defense lawyers do not represent you. For over 25 years, Marinaro Law Firm has defended thousands of clients faced with criminal charges. We have a long track record of success, thanks to the dedication of our staff and Attorney Marinaro’s background in forensic chemistry.

For compassionate attorneys who will guide you through the legal process without judgment, but will fight aggressively for your rights, do not hesitate to contact Marinaro Law Firm for a consultation.

What Does a Death by Delivery Charge Mean?

Various drugs and pills lay on the ground with a needle and an image of an arm in the background.

According to the Title 18 statute from the Pennsylvania General Assembly, criminal delivery of drugs resulting in death is a felony of the first degree. The person charged with this crime intentionally dispenses, delivers, gives, prescribes, sells, or distributes any controlled substance or counterfeit controlled substance, and another person dies due to using the drug.

Conviction of a death by delivery charge could result in a maximum penalty of 40 years in jail. It’s one of the most severe charges in Pennsylvania, with only first- and second-degree murder facing higher penalties. And sadly, Lancaster County leads the state in death by delivery charges related to 36 overdose deaths.

Even if you shared a drug with someone and the other person suffers a fatal overdose, you could be on the hook for a drug delivery resulting in a death charge—even if you’re not the drug dealer. That’s why if law enforcement has accused you of criminal delivery of drugs, you need tough lawyers who understand the pharmacology of drugs and can defend your rights against this death by delivery charge.

Serious Drug Crimes Means Serious Time

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Drug crimes face severe consequences in Pennsylvania. You could be charged with other drug crimes, like possession with intent to deliver, possession of traditional drug paraphernalia, prescription fraud, or more. However, when a drug you provided or gave someone kills them, you can be charged with drug delivery resulting in death.

While you may lose decades of your life sitting in jail if convicted, you’ll face the repercussions of a first-degree felony charge for as long as you live. With your freedom for the rest of your life at stake, contact us for a defense attorney who not only knows the law but also knows how to use it to your best advantage during crucial moments.

What’s It Like Working with Marinaro Law Firm?

At Marinaro Law, we regularly defend our clients against some of the most severe charges in the Pennsylvania Criminal Code, including drug death by delivery charges. We can provide clear advice based on the circumstances of your case and aggressively advocate for your freedom at each stage of the case, starting at police interrogations and pretrial hearings until your issue is resolved.

But don’t just take our word for it. Read some of the reviews about our firm from real clients:

“I offer the highest possible recommendation for Michael Marinaro and his law firm to represent anyone that requires a criminal defense attorney. Without the help of Mr. Marinaro, I know that I would not have had the successful outcome I have had. Mr. Marinaro took the time to comprehend and understand my position. Mr. Marinaro made me feel comfortable as well as ke[pt] constant communication with me on important dates and answer[ed] any questions I had. Mr. Marinaro made sure to take the time to explain my options so I could weigh the pros and cons to a conclusion that I believed accurate and fair. Mr. Marinaro was a true professional at all times and knew his way around the court system. He went above and beyond what I expected. I would highly recommend the Marinaro Law Firm.”

–Pete S. via Google

“I was very nervous about a criminal trial, but Mr. Marinaro reassured me that things would be taken care of and that we would walk away from court with a good judgment. Not only did he deliver on what he said he would do, but he gave me the peace of mind leading up to my court date that I would be ok. Additionally, his fee was very reasonable! I would recommend anyone in my position to contact him to represent them.”

–Tim D. via Google

To learn more about criminal defense and the charges against you, contact Marinaro Law in Lancaster at 717-397-7055 or toll-free at 866-614-6520. You can also reach us via our online contact form. We are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday but are available for weekend and evening appointments upon request. We offer English and Spanish services to help more clients in the Lancaster County area of Pennsylvania.

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