Possession with Intent to Deliver / Manufacturing
Philadelphia Drug Possession Charges Lawyers
The most common drug charge in Philadelphia is Possession With Intent to Deliver and/or Manufacture a Controlled Substance (PWID). Many people are confused by the charge. They say, "I've been charged with manufacturing and I didn't make any drugs." However, the charge basically means dealing drugs. It is a felony and you are looking at a mandatory minimum sentence of at least one year in state prison if you are convicted.
Drug possession charges in Philadelphia usually involve cocaine or crack cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and prescription painkillers such as Oxycontyn, Vicodin, and Percocet. The factor that changes a simple drug possession charge to possession with intent to deliver is usually the quantity of drugs. If you are arrested with more than two grams of cocaine or more than one gram of heroin, you would be charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver, a charge subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of at least one year in prison.
If you have been charged with simple possession or possession with intent to deliver (PWID), we offer a free initial consultation to explain your options in simple, easy-to-understand language.
There are many defenses a skilled criminal defense lawyer can use in drug possession cases:
If the drug evidence can't be thrown out, the best outcome may be to negotiate a plea arrangement. Success in a drug case isn't always not guilty vs. guilty. Sometimes it's probation vs. jail. Pennsylvania offers a number of diversion programs such as Intermediate Punishment and Drug Treatment Court that will allow you to resolve drug charges without jail time and without a felony conviction on your record.
Free initial consultation: Contact Philadelphia drug possession charges lawyers Scarpello & LaTour for a free evaluation of your case.