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Drug Charges

Pennsylvania law prohibits certain actions concerning controlled substances and other drugs. The following is a small sample of activities punishable by imprisonment and/or fines:

  1. Changing the label, misbranding, or changing the properties of any controlled substance or other drug, devise or cosmetic.
  2. Forging, counterfeiting, using a mark or stamp or other identification symbol authorized or required by the controlled substance act.
  3. Manufacturing, selling, delivering or possessing any controlled substance.
  4. Operating a drug manufacturing facility without a license.
  5. Acquiring or obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge.
  6. Knowingly or intentionally possessing a controlled substance.
  7. Purchasing or knowing receipt of a controlled substance form any person not authorized to sell, distribute, dispense or otherwise deal with the controlled substance.
  8. Manufacturing or possessing with the intent to deliver a controlled substance or knowingly creating, delivering or possessing with intent to deliver a counterfeit controlled substance.
  9. The possession of a small amount of marihuana (ie. thirty (30) grams of marihuana or eight (8) grams of hashish).
  10. The use of or possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia for the purpose of planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packing, repacking, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing into the human.

Distribution of controlled substances to persons under the age of eighteen (18) can be punishable by a term of imprisonment up to twice the authorized amount under the Drug Act.

Possession of a controlled substance can be established through the proximity of the substance and the control the Defendant has over the substance. The owner of a residence and/or car can be guilty of possession of controlled substances regardless of his/her knowledge of the controlled substance through the doctrine of constructive possession.

There are programs available for certain drug dependant offenders so that a conviction for the offense can be avoided.

These programs are available on a case by case basis. To contact Attorney Carole Hendrick, call 610-489-0295 or click here.

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