Marijuana is still considered a controlled substance in the state of Pennsylvania. While the state has legalized it for use in medical circumstances, if you are charged with possession of marijuana without a prescription, you could be facing incarceration for up to 12 months or a fine up to $5,000.
Depending on whether or not you have a prescription, the district attorney will be looking to prosecute you for particular charges depending on their evidence against you. If the DA thinks you were planning to use the cannabis for yourself, the result would be a smaller charge than if the police determine you intended to deliver or sell it. If you are facing a charge of intent to deliver or manufacture, you would be facing a felony charge, which has much more severe consequences.
Hiring an attorney is wise in all cases, even if you do have a prescription for your cannabis. An excellent Scranton drug crimes attorney will be up to date on all recent laws regarding marijuana possession and its use in treating chronic conditions.
Even if you feel good about your chances, it’s always best to err on the side of caution. If you are convicted of drug possession, you will be ineligible for federally subsidized student loans and financial aid. Likewise, you will have a criminal record, which could make it harder for you to find a job or housing later.
Talk to our skilled Scranton criminal defense attorney about your case as soon as possible. We are personally invested in each and every client’s case. Let us see what we can do to defend your rights and freedom.Contact us at (570) 666-1068 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case consultation today.