Understanding Drug Crimes in Pennsylvania

Drug crimes refer to a broad category of acts involving illegal drugs. They include the use, possession, manufacturing, and distribution of unlawful controlled substances such as cocaine, amphetamines, and LSD. 

Controlled substances are classified according to their potential for abuse balanced with their potential medical use. Class 1 drugs, such as heroin and ecstasy, attract the most severe penalties. 

Drug crimes range from minor offenses, such as possession for personal use, to very serious offenses, for example, trafficking. They are covered by both federal and state law and include both misdemeanors and felonies. I can provide counsel to help you understand what you are facing. Contact the office today by calling 267-931-7900.


It is illegal to possess a controlled substance. You can also be charged for the possession of drug paraphernalia, such as syringes or bongs, or prescription medication without authorization.


You can be charged with various offenses for participating in any step of the production of an illegal drug. This includes the creation of a synthetic drug, such as amphetamines, or the extraction of a naturally occurring drug, for example, like cannabis. 


It is against the law to sell, transport, or import a controlled substance. Trafficking is one of the most serious drug crimes, attracting harsh penalties. Federal law applies and a trafficking conviction can result in life imprisonment. 

Penalties for a Drug Crime Conviction in Philadelphia

A range of penalties is available to the court when sentencing drug offenders, including:

  • Fines
  • Probation or community supervision
  • Court-ordered drug counseling sessions or rehabilitation
  • Community service
  • Jail, including life imprisonment

When sentencing for a drug crime, the court usually takes into account:

  • the type and amount of drugs involved
  • whether possession was for personal use or distribution
  • the offender’s previous convictions, especially for drug offenses

There are also mandatory minimum sentences attached to some drug offenses, or for repeat offenders. 

Why fight a drug crime allegation in Pennsylvania

A conviction for a drug crime can have serious, long-lasting consequences. 

Aside from any penalty you receive, a conviction for a drug offense usually stays on your criminal history for the rest of your life. This can negatively impact your ability to find work, maintain personal relationships, hold a drivers’ license, secure a loan, enlist in the military, or own a gun. 

For these reasons, you should immediately call me if you’ve been charged with a drug crime.

How a drug crime defense lawyer in Philadelphia can help

Even minor drug offenses can attract harsh penalties and affect your future. The law around drug offenses is complex and can involve both state and federal authorities. So, it’s important your defense lawyer is well-versed in these types of offenses. 

I can explain the process, your rights, and any defenses available to you to fight the charges. I can also advocate on your behalf when negotiating with the prosecution or representing you in court. 

Get started on your defense by contacting the office at 267-931-7900 to schedule a free consultation.