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Drug Crimes - Scranton, PA Drug Charge Lawyer

Marijuana charges, drug possession and other controlled substance charges in Pennsylvania

Without question, your world can be turned upside down if you are charged with a drug crime in Pennsylvania. You can lose your driver's license, your job and maybe even your house or other property depending on the seriousness of your charges. You can even be fined thousands of dollars or spend years in jail if you're convicted of certain drug charges.

If you've been charged or you are under investigation, get in touch with an experienced Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer immediately. Talk to someone with experience handling drug cases and with extensive knowledge of the legal system in Scranton and other locations throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The Scranton, PA drug crime attorneys at Mazzoni Karam Petorak & Valvano know what it takes to defend you against drug accusations that could potentially destroy your life.

Handling possession, manufacturing, distributing, trafficking and other serious drug charges

Most drug charges involve violations of state and federal laws involving drugs classified as
"controlled substances." Controlled substances include illegal drugs (including marijuana and cocaine) but they can also include prescription drugs in some cases, especially if such drugs were obtained through illegal means.

Some of the most common drug charges involving controlled substances in Pennsylvania we deal with at our law firm include:

If you have been charged with any of these drug crimes, contact our law firm immediately. Even possession of marijuana in Pennsylvania, a misdemeanor, can have serious consequences.

"Why do I need a drug charge lawyer to handle my case?"

Drug cases can be extremely complicated. There are also many legal options available depending on your charge and whether this is your first offense. If you have never been charged with a crime, you might be eligible for the ARD program in Pennsylvania for first-time offenses.

When you have so much at stake, it's important to have an experienced legal team on your side that can walk you through all the options available to you. Instead of jail time or thousands of dollars in fines, you might be able to receive probation or perhaps even have your charges dismissed altogether.

The consequences of a drug charge are simply too serious to handle without the help of a highly skilled attorney. Never try to represent yourself when facing a criminal charge. Because the state drug laws in Pennsylvania and federal drug laws constantly change, you should never assume that you know the latest rules and regulations. You need - and deserve - a knowledgeable drug crime attorney on your side. Quite simply, you need us.

Experienced law firm with a proven track record - Mazzoni Karam Petorak & Valvano

In case after case, we have consistently helped people charged with drug crimes get their lives back on track. What's the secret to our success? We work hard and have some of the most experienced lawyers in Lackawanna County.

Our years of courtroom experience have taught us to never take anything for granted. That's why we carefully investigate every single drug charge case we handle at our firm. We know what evidence to look for, what questions to ask and how to transform that information into a strong legal case.

When you contact us, we will get straight to work on your case. This starts with your first meeting with us. We offer a free consultation to all potential clients. That way, you can decide risk free if we're the right law firm for you.

Put your trust in a law firm that puts your needs first. Contact us.

Whether you're a college student charged with possession of marijuana for the first time or convicted felon facing a serious drug trafficking charge, make sure you give your case the best opportunity for success. Make sure you contact Mazzoni Karam Petorak & Valvano.

We treat people with dignity and respect. We realize you might have made a serious mistake that could cost you thousands of dollars or years behind bars. But that doesn't mean you should suffer for the rest of your life. Everyone deserves a second chance.

Marijuana Charges

In Pennsylvania, it is against the law to possess or grow to sell any quantity of marijuana, including for medical purposes. That law could change. But as of April 2015, the state currently takes a tough stance against people caught using or possessing marijuana.

The possible penalties for various marijuana charges include:

  • Possession or sale of less than 30 grams

Up to 30 days in jail, up to $500 fine

  • Possession of more than 30 grams

Up to 1 year in jail, up to $5,000 fine

  • Cultivation of marijuana, any number of plants

1 to 5 years in prison, up to $15,000 fine

  • Sale of 2 to 10 pounds of marijuana

1 year in prison, up to $5,000 fine

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Drug Possession

Pennsylvania's drug possession laws vary depending on which type of controlled substance you are accused of possessing. The laws vary also depending on how much you are accused of possessing, if the crime occurred within 1,000 feet of a school and whether this is your first or subsequent drug possession charge.

If you have been previously convicted of drug possession, the penalties are much more severe for second and subsequent offenses. In the case of marijuana, second and subsequent convictions for drug possession are double the penalty for the first possession conviction.

As for other drugs, the following penalties apply for most first convictions in Pennsylvania:

  • Possession of cocaine, first offense

Up to 1 year in prison, up to $5,000 fine

  • Possession of cocaine, subsequent offenses

Up to 3 years in prison, up to $25,000 fine

  • Possession of methamphetamine, first offense

Up to 1 year in prison, up to $5,000 fine

  • Possession of methamphetamine, second offense

Up to 2 years in prison

  • Possession of heroin, first offense

Up to 1 year in prison, up to $5,000 fine

  • Possession of methamphetamine, second offense

Up to 2 years in prison

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Drug Manufacturing

Overall, the penalties for drug manufacturing in Pennsylvania are more severe than the penalties for drug possession. However, like other state drug laws, drug manufacturing penalties vary depending on the type of drug, quantity of the drug and whether you have previously been charged with similar crimes.

Pennsylvania classifies the manufacturing of methamphetamine, for example, as a felony. For example, if you were arrested for possessing more than 100 grams of methamphetamine, the penalty is up to 4 years in prison for the first conviction, 7 years in prison for all subsequent convictions.

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Drug Distribution

This charge applies to selling and delivering of illegal controlled substances. People are often charged with drug distribution if they sell an illegal drug to an undercover police officer. Such charges can also be filed simply for intending to sell an illegal drug.

The penalties for such charges depend on the type of drug, quantity of the drug involved, whether the person has previously been convicted of a drug crime and other factors. Penalties for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute in Pennsylvania often involve thousands of dollars in fines and several years in prison.

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Drug Trafficking

Drug trafficking and drug distribution are similar and refer to drug dealing. Drug trafficking charges involve large quantities of certain illegal drugs. In most cases, someone charged with drug trafficking in Pennsylvania will be incarcerated for several years, even for a first offense.

Specifically, many drug trafficking charges in Pennsylvania are punishable by prison sentences of 7 to 20 years. In some cases, some prosecutors allow people charged with drug trafficking to plead guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for information.

Plea deals can be complicated and confusing to someone who is not familiar how prosecutors think and operate. Some of our attorneys are former prosecutors who know defend Pennsylvanians facing drug charges and other criminal charges. We have seen the legal cases from both sides. Rely on us if you are charged with a crime or you are under investigation.

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