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What defense is most effective for Pennsylvania drug possession?

Without knowing the details of the charges, it is impossible to recommend the right defense. Drug crimes, like the people alleged to have committed them, are unique and contain many different personalized elements. Probably the best way to answer the question is to discuss various types of defenses. Then you can decide which defense or defenses may pertain to your case.

Before describing some defenses, it might benefit you to know what is at stake should a conviction occur. In Pennsylvania, the following penalties apply to drug possession convictions. If convicted of possessing 30 grams or less of marijuana, you could face up to 30 days of imprisonment along with fines of up to $500. If convicted of possessing narcotics, the penalties vary according to severity. An example of sentencing for a narcotics conviction is fifteen years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.

Some effective defenses against drug charges in Pennsylvania include:

-- Lack of knowledge: This might mean that you did not know any drugs were present in your automobile or your home-- You have a prescription: If you can prove you have a valid prescription for narcotics, you might successfully defend yourself-- Entrapment: This can be difficult to prove, but can yield successful results-- Unlawful search and seizure: The police must follow stringent guidelines to search for drugs in someone's personal space

It is important to note that in order to execute a successful defense against drug charges, you will need help from a criminal defense attorney. Without skilled representation, your case might not receive a thorough investigation into all aspects of the arrest, thereby increasing the likelihood of a conviction.

Source: FindLaw, "Pennsylvania Drug Possession Laws," accessed June 15, 2015

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