Drug Charge Lawyer in Pennsylvania
PENALTIES FOR DRUG OFFENSES/CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CONVICTIONS
Schedule I and Schedule II Drugs – Individuals committing their first offense face a maximum sentence of 20 years and a $1 million fine. An organization may be subject to a maximum fine of $5 million. If charged with their second offense, defendants may face a maximum prison sentence of 30 years and a $2 million fine.
Schedule III Drugs – Individuals committing their first offense face a maximum sentence of 10 years and a $500,000 fine. An organization may be subject to a maximum fine of $2.5 million. If charged with their second offense, defendants may face a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and a $1.5 million fine.
Schedule IV Drugs – Individuals committing their first offense face a maximum sentence of five years and a $250,000 fine. If charged with their second offense, defendants may face a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a $500,000 fine.
Schedule V Drugs – Individuals committing their first offense face a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $100,000 fine. If charged with their second offense, defendants may face a maximum prison sentence of four years and a $200,000 fine.
It is important to note that certain controlled substances carry different penalties. For a complete list of penalties for controlled substance offenses, the Drug Enforcement Administration is an excellent reference.
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YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS IN DRUG CASES
The 4th Amendment of the United States Constitution as well as Article 1 Section 8 of the Pennsylvania Constitution prevent law enforcement officers from simply stopping and detaining people whenever they want to for no reason at all. In order for police to pull you over your vehicle lawfully, stop you on the street, or attempt to enter your home they must have a reasonable suspicion that you have violated a law in some way. For the police to search you, your home, or your vehicle they must have probable cause and a warrant. You should never give the police permission to search yourself, your home, or your vehicle without speaking with an experienced criminal defense attorney first. The McGarrigle Law Firm has almost two decades of experience representing individual in drug investigations and criminal drug charges in both State and Federal Court.
An experienced defense attorney will be able to identify when a traffic stop and/or a search of your person, car or home was illegal. If your Constitutional rights were violated by the police an experienced criminal defense lawyer can file a Motion to Suppress the Evidence that the police recovered and have your case dismissed. This can be a difficult task and one that only an experienced criminal defense attorney will be able to achieve. The attorneys at the McGarrigle Law Firm have handled literally hundreds of drug cases throughout Chester County, Delaware County, Philadelphia County, Montgomery County, Lancaster County, Lebanon County, all of Southeastern PA, as well as in Federal Court.
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