Drug Crimes in Pennsylvania: What is Drug Trafficking? The only thing that separates a simple possession charge from a drug trafficking charge is the number of drugs seized from your home, vehicle or person. if you possess more of a drug that you could reasonably use yourself, it is assumed that you probably will sell the drug to dealers who will distribute them to users. If you are convicted of drug trafficking, you will likely face a mandatory minimum jail sentence and fines that may cause much hardship to you and your family. You need a Lancaster County, Pennsylvania drug trafficking defense attorney that is experienced with an outstanding track record of success to help you defend your rights and protect your interests.
The war on drugs has led to increased penalties for defendants convicted of trafficking illegal substances. In Pennsylvania alone, individuals convicted of drug trafficking under 18 Pa.C.S. 7508 are likely to face serious penalties such as:
• Mandatory minimum jail sentences. A defendant who is convicted of drug trafficking may be required to serve a certain number of years in jail, without the possibility of parole. You will not be eligible for early release or diversionary programs despite the overcrowding of Pennsylvania’s prisons.
• Forfeiture of property. Judges are authorized to seize assets that are presumed to be profits from your criminal activities when you are convicted of a drug trafficking crime. Depending on the circumstances of your case, your personal assets may be frozen while your case proceeds to trial.
• Sentence enhancements for prior convictions. if you have been previously convicted of a crime, you could face a greater sentence due to your criminal record and apparent recidivism.
Marinaro Law can help you if you are being investigated as a participant in a larger marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, prescription drug or controlled substance conspiracy. For information on how our experience can help, contact our office immediately.