If you're accused of a drug crime, you could be facing federal charges. The good news for you is that there are alternative penalties that could apply to your case, even if you are convicted.
Oxycontin is the brand name for a chemical compound known as oxycodone. Doctors prescribe this pharmaceutical drug to patients who are suffering from painful conditions because it changes how the nervous system delivers signals to the brain. This drug can provide enormous relief to people suffering from chronic pain conditions. The problem is, it's highly addictive and therefore extremely dangerous.
By virtue of the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA), in the United States, each illegal drug has been classified by the federal government according to its potential dangers and likelihood of abuse. Those drugs viewed by the government to be the most dangerous and the most likely to be abused fall under the most dangerous drug "schedules," Schedule I and Schedule II. Criminal convictions related to drugs in these categories also come with most severe punishments.
A man who was first accused of shoplifting was later arrested on felony-level drug charges. The 29-year-old was arraigned on a recent Wednesday for two counts of drug possession with the intent to deliver relating to Fentanyl, methamphetamine and crack cocaine.
It's unlawful to possess prescription drugs without an actual prescription. If police pull you over on the road, carry out a search and discover you're in possession of prescription pills – but the pill bottle isn't the original container from the doctor with your name on it, you could find yourself in serious trouble with the law. Although a prescription drug possession crime is not usually as serious as a cocaine or LSD possession crime, these criminal charges come with stiff consequences for those who are convicted.
During a drug bust operation in Greensburg, an officer accidentally ingested an unknown white powder causing his lips and throat to become numb. Officers then proceeded to arrest three individuals on suspected drug dealing charges. As of last reports, the arrested individuals -- a 36-year-old man, a 27-year-old woman and a 39-year-old woman -- were being held at the Westmoreland County Prison.
Many Pennsylvania residents have found themselves in trouble with the law as a result of a cocaine addiction. Although a minor possession conviction will not result in extremely serious criminal consequences -- especially if it's a first-time offense -- the more times you are convicted of this crime, the more serious the punishments will get. As such, if you're facing drug charges relating to a cocaine habit, you might want to consider doing something to address your addiction once and for all.
Every criminal defendant dreams of being able to assert the perfect criminal defense to obtain a verdict of not guilty. However, in the face of irrefutable evidence brought forward by the prosecution, some criminal defendants will be up against an insurmountable obstacle. They won't be able to secure a not guilty verdict, no matter how many cutting-edge defense strategies they attempt to deploy.