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.