West Chester, PA 19380
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Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.
Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Michael E. Houghton brings both passion and enthusiasm to criminal defense through his extensive knowledge and experience.
Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.
Since 1992, Ann has been advocating for her clients both in and out of tough courtrooms of Philadelphia, which has cultivated her craft.
David Strenfel is a highly experienced attorney who focuses on trial advocacy, constitutional law, and criminal defense.
Jonathon Luff has successfully represented countless clients and gain freedom for many wrongfully accused individuals.
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Drug charges in Pennsylvania are heavily prosecuted. When cocaine is involved, even a small amount could lead to criminal charges. Whether the offense is for possession or trafficking, any crime involving cocaine can carry serious penalties.
The repercussions for the crime could depend on a variety of factors, including the amount of the substance involved in the alleged offense and if the crime is being charged as a federal offense. An experienced drug defense attorney can help you fight the charges.
A drug conviction could change the rest of your life. You could face jail time, steep fines or both. In addition, there could be other consequences outside of the courtroom. If you face charges for cocaine possession or any other cocaine-related offense, contact a drug defense lawyer at Ciccarelli Law Offices.
The attorneys at Ciccarelli Law Offices are experienced in handling a variety of drug cases, including possession with intent to deliver. We will work with you to make sure you know the battle you are facing and to ensure your rights are represented. Your future is important, and we can help you protect it.
Ciccarelli Law Offices represents clients throughout West Chester, Philadelphia, Lancaster, Malvern, Radnor, Kennett Square, Springfield, Plymouth Meeting and King of Prussia, along with anywhere in Chester County, Montgomery County, Delaware County or Lancaster County. Call (610) 719-3200 for a free consultation.
Pennsylvania divides controlled dangerous substances into five “Schedules.” Schedule I lists the most dangerous drugs, which have a high probability of abuse and addiction, and no recognized medical value. The drugs in Schedules II, III, IV and V decrease in the level of threat and likeliness to be abused. Cocaine is a Schedule II drug, according to Pa. Cons. Stat. §25.72.
Pennsylvania law makes it a crime to possess cocaine, which could be actual or constructive possession. Actual possession would be considered as having the substance on you, such as in your pocket or in a purse, whereas constructive possession would be in a close vicinity to you. For example, if a person has cocaine under the seat in his or her car, it could be considered constructive possession.
A first offense of possession of cocaine could mean up to one year in jail and $5,000. However, a second offense could mean up to two years in prison, plus fines, and up to three years in prison for a third offense, up to $25,000 in fines or both.
If a person is accused of attempting to sell drugs, the charges often are more serious. In possession with intent to deliver charges, deliver means to transfer or attempt to transfer something from one person to another. The transaction does not necessarily have to take place for it to be considered possession with intent.
For example, if a person is caught with cocaine, there are several other factors law enforcement can use to help determine if he or she intended to sell the substance, even if the officer did not see an actual sale. Some factors include:
The penalties for possession with intent to sell are determined by the Schedule of the drug. Cocaine and other Schedule II drugs could carry up to a 10 prison sentence and up to $100,000 in fines.
Penalties for unlawful manufacturing of a drug are the same as possession with intent to distribute.
Drug trafficking charges often are connected to large quantities of drugs. In these cases, the federal government could become involved, especially if the offense crosses state or federal borders. In these cases, the more drugs possessed the steeper the charges.
If a person is convicted for trafficking between 2 and 10 grams of cocaine in Pennsylvania, he or she could face one year in prison and a fine of $5,000. However, if at the time of sentencing the defendant has been convicted of another drug trafficking offense it could be three years in prison and $10,000, according to 18 Ps. Cons. Stat. § 7508.
Trafficking between 10 and 100 grams could mean three years in prison and a fine of $15,000, unless the defendant has been convicted of another drug trafficking offense. Then the penalties could be increased to five years in prison and $30,000 in fines.
If a person traffics more than 100 grams, he or she could face four years in prison and a fine of $25,000. If he or she had a previous drug trafficking conviction the penalties could be increased to seven years in prison and $50,000 in fines.
If you are facing cocaine-related charges, contact a West Chester drug defense lawyer at Ciccarelli Law Offices. Our attorneys can help you build a strong case and fight to have the charges reduced or dropped. We understand the sensitivity of your case, and we want to make a difference. Call (610) 719-3200 to schedule a free consultation with our experienced legal team.