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Drug Possession in Bucks County Pennsylvania

Drug Charges

There are many thousands of drug related arrests in Pennsylvania each year. In Bucks County, PA, it is a crime to knowingly and intentionally possess illegal or controlled substances such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines, and other drugs Additionally, drug manufacturing of any controlled substance is also against the law. Some common examples drug manufacturing are cultivating marijuana, operating a drug lab, or manufacturing methamphetamines.

To be found guilty of drug possession, a prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you knowingly and intentionally possessed a controlled substance; that you knew that it was illegal to possess the controlled substance; and that you had actual or constructive (if they are allegedly in a place where you have dominion and control) possession of the controlled substance.

Depending on the type of drug, the amount found in possession, and the classification Pennsylvania puts them in, penalties may range from minor probation or fines to lengthy periods in jail and large fines.

Sharif N. Abaza knows every case has unique circumstances and the best defense to drug possession charges depend on the facts of your specific case. Did the police fail to follow the right procedures? Did the police lack sufficient reasonable suspicion or probable cause before they searched you? Did you have a valid prescription or physician’s order for the drug? Are you are a registered practitioner who has a license under the appropriate Pennsylvania State Board?

As an experienced drug crimes lawyer, Sharif Abaza will work tirelessly to help get charges reduced or dropped. When your freedom is at stake, seek a criminal defense attorney with a solid track record. Contact The Law Office of Sharif N. Abaza for a FREE consultation and evaluation of your case.

Can You Trick a Breathalyzer?

Misconceptions persist about what breathalyzers can and can’t do and how a person might be able to “beat” one in a roadside test. The following separates fact from fiction. FICTION: Breath fresheners, breath mints, and mouthwash can mask alcohol and/or lower BAC readings. FACT: Better look before you gargle. Breath fresheners such as gum, mints,… Continue Reading

Are You Aware of Pennsylvania’s Social Host Law?

Social host refers to adults who host parties where alcohol is served on property they control. Through social host liability laws, adults can be held responsible for these parties if underage people are served, regardless of who furnishes the alcohol. Teen parties are a primary setting for underage drinking for high school and college students… Continue Reading

Limitations of BAC Calculators & Charts

A variety of free and readily available blood alcohol content (BAC) calculators and charts can help you approximate your BAC levels. But simplicity is not always a virtue. BAC calculators and charts have inherent limitations, and are usually accompanied by lengthy disclaimers. Some even include warnings regarding their accuracy. That’s because many factors that can affect… Continue Reading

Saturation Patrols, Sobriety Checkpoints & Roving Patrols

What is the difference between saturation patrols, sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols? ► Sobriety checkpoint: law enforcement evaluates drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment at certain points on the roadway. Vehicles are stopped in a specific sequence, such as every other vehicle or every fourth, fifth or sixth vehicle. Sobriety checkpoints must display… Continue Reading

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