There are many different types of possession charges in Pennsylvania. These charges all relate to the carrying of illegal narcotics, such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or any other illegal drug. Drug charges can be very serious offenses, and in order to get these charges dismissed and ensure that your rights are protected you should hire an experienced PA Criminal Defense Attorney. Possession can be charged for a person who only possesses the drugs for person use, or for a person who intends to sell the drugs to others for profit. In today's blog, your Western Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyers explain the relevant law.
Under Pennsylvania criminal law, simple possession is typically charged to a person who is found to have drugs on her or her person. Under simple possession, a person is caught possessing drugs, but is not charged with the intent to sell them. For example, a person charged with simple possession might be caught with a gram of marijuana in his or her pocket. Simple possession may carry jail time, probation, and/or a fine. For simple possession charges, the amount of the drug that is carried is usually very small. The larger the quantity of drugs, the more likely a person will be charged with intent to sell.
Another type of possession charges a person may receive is constructive possession. Under constructive possession, the person who is charged with the drugs did not have the drugs directly on his or her person. However, the person charged with the possession will have known about the drugs, and will typically be close enough to the drugs that he or she can exercise control over it. For example, the drugs might be found in the glove compartment while he or she is pulled over in the car. The drugs might be found in a dresser drawer while the house is being searched for an unrelated matter. More than one person can be charged with constructive possession over the same container of drugs.
Drug possession arrests happen every day in Allegheny County. In these types of cases, it is very important to have an experienced Pittsburgh Criminal Defense Lawyer. Drug possession cases in PA can be successfully defended against with the right lawyer representing you and ensuring that your legal rights are protected. If you have been arrested for drug possession in Pennsylvania, please do not hesitate to contact our office for a consultation today.