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Charged With A Drug Crime In Pennsylvania? Turn To Temple & Frayer

Criminal charges involving drug crimes are a serious legal matter. If you are under investigation or have been charged with a drug crime in Pennsylvania, you must act soon to maximize the chances of a successful defense.

Your defense is critical. If you are convicted, you will have a damaging criminal record. You may be unable to get certain jobs, get federal student aid or pursue other important life goals.

We Skillfully Defend People Accused Of State And Federal Drug Offenses

Federal and state drug crimes may involve the same drugs, but higher quantities, state line crossings and/or allegations of related crimes, such as weapons or conspiracy crimes, may put your criminal charges in a federal classification.

At the federal level, illegal drugs are categorized from worst to least harmful, as follows:

  • Schedule 1: Drugs with no medical value and a high potential for abuse, including heroin, LSD, marijuana and ecstasy
  • Schedule 2: Drugs with a high potential for abuse, including potentially severe psychological or physical dependence, including cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone and prescription drugs such as Vicodin, Dilaudid, Demerol, OxyContin and fentanyl
  • Schedule 3: Drugs with lower doses of narcotics, including ketamine, anabolic steroids and Tylenol with codeine
  • Schedule 4: Drugs with a low risk of dependence and abuse, including Xanax, Valium and Tramadol
  • Schedule 5: Drugs with an even lower risk of dependence and abuse, including cough preparations such as Robitussin AC

Illegal drug classifications for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are similar to the above-listed categories at the federal level.

Examples of drug crimes and penalties include the following in Pennsylvania:

  • Drug trafficking into Pennsylvania
  • Possession with intent to deliver
  • Unlawful manufacturing of controlled substances

The higher the quantities that are involved, the more likely a violation will be categorized as a felony in Pennsylvania. Charges of trafficking large quantities of banned substances across state lines are likely to be charged as federal crimes.

Defense attorney Meagan F. Temple is a former judge advocate general (JAG) with a detailed understanding of successful federal and state criminal defense strategies.

Get An Appointment Scheduled And Protect Your Rights

There is no time to waste after a drug crime arrest or news of an investigation that includes your name.

To request a consultation at our Pittsburgh law office, the jail where you have been taken or any convenient location, call 412-998-1197 or send an email inquiry.