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Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Michael E. Houghton

Michael E. Houghton

Michael E. Houghton brings both passion and enthusiasm to criminal defense through his extensive knowledge and experience.

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.

Ann DelCollo

Ann DelCollo

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

David Strenfel

David Strenfel is a highly experienced attorney who focuses on trial advocacy, constitutional law, and criminal defense.

Jonathon Luff

Jonathon Luff

Jonathon Luff has successfully represented countless clients and gain freedom for many wrongfully accused individuals.

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Primary Location
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304 North High Street West Chester, PA 19380
Secondary Locations

These locations are available by appointment only

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1515 Market St., #200 Philadelphia, PA 19102
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135 East State St. Kennett Square, PA 19380
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600 West Germantown Pike Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
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1489 Baltimore Pike Ste 221 Springfield, PA 19064
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101 Lindenwood Dr, Ste 225 Malvern, PA 19355
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150 N. Radnor Chester Rd Ste. F200, Radnor, PA 19087
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313 West Liberty St., Ste 341 Lancaster, PA 17603
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Marijuana Trafficking Charges

Drug trafficking is often a criminal charge that people associate with drug dealing, but alleged offenders can face trafficking charges simply for possessing more than a certain amount of a controlled substance. In Pennsylvania, possession of more than two pounds of marijuana may result in a person facing drug trafficking charges.

Marijuana trafficking crimes in Pennsylvania carry the possibility of mandatory minimum prison sentences and fines for those who are, unfortunately, convicted. Certain kinds of marijuana trafficking offenses can even result in federal charges, which are prosecuted by agencies with greater resources and carry much steeper penalties.

Lawyer for Marijuana Trafficking Charges in West Chester, PA

If you were arrested or believe that you might be under investigation for an alleged marijuana trafficking offense, it is in your best interest to exercise your right to remain silent until you have legal representation.

Ciccarelli Law Offices aggressively defends people facing all kinds of cannabis charges in Radnor, Springfield, Kennett Square, King of Prussia, Lancaster, Malvern, Philadelphia, Plymouth Square, and several other nearby areas in Chester County.

Our West Chester criminal defense attorneys can fight to possibly get your criminal charges reduced or dismissed. They can provide a complete evaluation of your case when you call (610) 719-3200 to receive a free, confidential consultation.


Chester County Marijuana Trafficking Charges Information Center


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Pennsylvania Marijuana Trafficking Penalties

Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute § 7508(a)(1) establishes the following mandatory minimum terms of imprisonment and fines for drug trafficking offense involving marijuana:

Amount of Marijuana

First Conviction

Second or Subsequent Conviction

2 pounds or more but less than 10 pounds, or at least 10 live plants but less than 21 live plants

Minimum of one year in prison and a fine of $5,000 or such larger amount as is sufficient to exhaust the assets utilized in and the proceeds from the illegal activity

Minimum of two years in prison and a fine of $10,000 or such larger amount as is sufficient to exhaust the assets utilized in and the proceeds from the illegal activity

10 pounds or more but less than 50 pounds, or at least 21 live plants but less than 51 live plants

Minimum of three years in prison and a fine of $15,000 or such larger amount as is sufficient to exhaust the assets utilized in and the proceeds from the illegal activity

Minimum of four years in prison and a fine of $30,000 or such larger amount as is sufficient to exhaust the assets utilized in and the proceeds from the illegal activity

50 pounds or more, or at least 51 live plants

Minimum of five years in prison and a fine of $50,000 or such larger amount as is sufficient to exhaust the assets utilized in and the proceeds from the illegal activity

Minimum of five years in prison and a fine of $50,000 or such larger amount as is sufficient to exhaust the assets utilized in and the proceeds from the illegal activity


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Federal Marijuana Trafficking Penalties

Criminal cases involving illegal activities that cross state lines will often implicate federal agencies. The federal government imposes different penalties for marijuana offenses than crimes involving "hashish" or hashish oil.

The term marijuana often refers to dried herbal cannabis, but hashish is an extracted cannabis product composed of compressed or purified preparations of trichomes—the outgrowths on cannabis plants. Marijuana trafficking and hashish trafficking offenses are punishable as follows under federal law (1 kilogram is equal to a little more than 2.2 pounds):

Controlled Substance

Amount

Prison Sentence

Fine

Marijuana

Less than 50 kilograms marijuana (not including 50 or more marijuana plants, regardless of weight), or 1 to 49 marijuana plants

First Offense: Up to five years in prison.

Second Offense: Up to 10 years in prison.

First Offense: Up to $250,000 for individuals, $1 million for non-individuals.

Second Offense: Up to $500,000 for individuals, $2 million for non-individuals.

Hashish

10 kilograms or less

Hashish Oil

1 kilogram or less

Marijuana

50 to 99 kilograms marijuana mixture, or 50 to 99 marijuana plants

First Offense: Up to 20 years in prison. If case involves death or serious bodily injury, mandatory minimum of 20 years up to life in prison.

Second Offense: Up to 30 years in prison. If case involves death or serious bodily injury, mandatory life sentence.

First Offense: Up to $1 million for individuals, $5 million for non-individuals.

Second Offense: Up to $2 million for individuals, $10 million for non-individuals.

Hashish

More than 10 kilograms

Hashish Oil

More than 1 kilogram

Marijuana

100 to 999 kilograms marijuana mixture, or 100 to 999 marijuana  plants

First Offense: Mandatory minimum of five years up to 40 years in prison. If case involves death or serious bodily injury, mandatory minimum of 20 years up to life in prison.

Second Offense: Mandatory minimum of 10 years up to life in prison. If case involves death or serious bodily injury, mandatory life sentence.

First Offense: Up to $5 million for individuals, $25 million for non-individuals.

Second Offense: Up to $8 million for individuals, $50 million for non-individuals.

Marijuana

1,000 kilograms or more marijuana mixture, or 1,000 or more marijuana plants

First Offense: Mandatory minimum of 10 years up to life in prison. If case involves death or serious bodily injury, mandatory minimum 20 years up to life in prison.

Second Offense: Mandatory minimum of 20 years up to life in prison. If case involves death or serious bodily injury, mandatory life sentence.

First Offense: Up to $10 million for individuals, $50 million for non-individuals.

Second Offense: Up to $20 million for individuals, $75 million for non-individuals.


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Pennsylvania Marijuana Trafficking Resources

Report a tip by phone or online | Pennsylvania State Police — In 1999, the Pennsylvania State Police set up a tip line for residents to report drug traffickers in their neighborhoods. In addition to the Drug Trafficking Tip Line (1-877-PA-NODRUGS), you can also find several other ways to provide information to law enforcement authorities. Most programs allow tips to be submitted anonymously.

Philadelphia/Camden High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Drug Market Analysis 2011 — The Philadelphia/Camden High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (PC HIDTA) is funded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and sponsors a variety of law enforcement initiatives that target the region’s illicit drug threats. View the full text of this report which found, "Marijuana availability and abuse pose considerable threats to the PC HIDTA region." Nearly $3 million in marijuana was seized in the PC HIDTA region in 2010, according to the report.


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Ciccarelli Law Offices | West Chester Marijuana Trafficking Charges Defense Attorney

Do you think that you could be under investigation or were you already arrested for allegedly trafficking in cannabis in southeastern Pennsylvania? Do not say anything to authorities without first contacting Ciccarelli Law Offices.

Our criminal defense lawyers in West Chester represent individuals in communities all over Lancaster County, Montgomery County, Chester County, Delaware County, and the greater Philadelphia area. You can have our attorneys review your case and answer all of your legal questions when you call (610) 719-3200 or fill out an online contact form to schedule a free, confidential consultation.



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