Pennsylvania law enforcement and prosecutors are serious about protecting children from the dangers of drugs. The state has certain sentencing guidelines and penalties for those who are convicted of drug trafficking to minors. Because drugs are viewed as such a severe issue, those dealing with allegations of trafficking to minors should know just how severe the penalties can be.
It is not only important to understand what the law says about these charges, but it is imperative to have a strong defense. If a person over 18 is convicted of delivery and possession of drugs to a minor, they will face a jail sentence of at least one year.
Along with jail time, another two years will be added to the sentence in the following circumstances: if the delivery of the drug was done to create the habitual use of the substance; if the intention was to involve the minor in transporting, trafficking, delivering, making, selling or conveying the substance; if delivery was done within 1,000 feet of a school; or if it was on a school bus or within 500 feet of a location where a school bus will stop.
Being charged with a drug offense can not only cost a person their freedom, but it can also damage their reputation. Although the charges and penalties are harsh, it does not necessarily mean that the person is destined to be convicted. There may be an opportunity to have the charged reduced by being cooperative with law enforcement. The investigation itself could have been flawed, which might call the evidence into question. Discussing the case with a defense attorney can help provide guidance and advice. Before doing anything else, a person must call for help defending against these or any other type of drug charges.