Drug Crimes

Conviction of a drug charge, even a minor drug charge can result in jail time and add a large blemish to your criminal record.

Drug Crimes Defined

There are many different types of drug offenses including possession, cultivation, manufacturing, transportation, distributing, trafficking, and conspiracy to commit an illegal exchange of drugs. Offenders can be charged for their participation in any of these acts or their intent to participate.

Drug charges can involve street drugs, over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs used or sold fraudulently and the creation of any of these substances for distribution.

Some of the most common illegal drug types and categories:

Narcotics: heroin, methadone, morphine, opium, oxycodone

Stimulants: amphetamines, cocaine, khat, methamphetamines,

Depressants: Barbiturates, GHB

Hallucinogens: Ecstasy, LSD, Marijuana, Steroids, Inhalants

Degrees and Level of charges

  • Drug cases can be prosecuted in both state and federal courts
  • State court drug cases can range from drug felonies to minor drug possession cases
  • Federal court drug cases for a major drug felony can have significant mandatory sentencing guidelines
  • Repeat offenses require an overall legal analysis to protect the rights of offenders and to seek the best long term outcomes for offenders

Things to Know about the Consequences of Drug Crimes

  • In most counties of Pennsylvania a special drug court option is possible where the focus is on rehabilitation for drug addictions
  • Depending on the degree of a misdemeanor charge you may be eligible for what is called section 17 probation which is for a first time offender
  • If offered a section 17 probation, offenders are required to complete a series of tasks that are negotiated between the defense lawyer and the prosecution and upon completion charges will be dismissed or set aside and potentially expunged from a criminal record
  • Marijuana has been legalized in several states for specific use and applications but not within the state of Pennsylvania and is still subject to local, state and Federal laws

Attorney Maureen Coggins is confident she can assist with the legal issues facing you or your family. With over 20 years of experience with the State of Pennsylvania while pursuing both state and federal criminal cases, Attorney Coggins brings a diverse and successful background to help seek the best possible outcome for your case. For a consultation, please contact her office at (610) 400-3017 or through email.