Possessing any kind of controlled substance illegally is a terrible idea, especially in Pennsylvania where the consequences for the crime tend to be severe. If you or a loved one are facing charges of cocaine possession, make sure to reach out to an experienced Pennsylvania drug possession attorney to help ensure that your rights are upheld throughout the legal process. An attorney like James H. Bonner, Esquire, could be the difference between your freedom or spending years behind bars.
Is cocaine possession a misdemeanor or felony in Pennsylvania?
The severity of the penalties you face for cocaine possession will largely depend upon the specific amount involved as well as the intent behind the possession. If you had only a few grams and this is your first charge, then you might be facing simple possession charges. “Simple possession” refers to the fact that you had cocaine for purposes other than distributing or trafficking it, which, in turn, leads to less severe punishment. Simple possession charges, especially if you are facing your first offense, are generally charged as misdemeanors. Your first conviction could lead to one year behind bars as well as a fine of up to $5,000. Your license will also be suspended for six months. Subsequent convictions will result in increasingly more severe penalties.
If you are charged with cocaine possession with the intent to deliver or traffic it, you will likely be facing much harsher penalties than those described above. It is likely that you could face a felony charge and could spend as much as 15 years behind bars and be ordered to repay as much as $250,000 in fines. The amount of cocaine in question plays a large part in determining your exact punishment. Lower amounts will generally net you less time behind bars and lower fees while larger amounts will do the opposite, however, keep in mind that this might not be true for you, especially if you have already been convicted of drug possession in the past.
What should I do if I’ve been charged with cocaine possession?
If you have been charged with cocaine possession, you should hire an experienced attorney immediately. The sooner that you invest in a lawyer who understands Pennsylvania drug law, the sooner you can begin building your defense and devising a legal strategy to ensure your rights are upheld throughout the legal process. Your future and your freedom are at risk, and cocaine possession is not a charge to take lightly.
Attorney James H. Bonner, Esquire, understands the uphill battle you are facing and is ready to climb it alongside you. Reach out to him today for more information about cocaine possession charges and what they mean for you.
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