In Pennsylvania and across the U.S., the drug problem has grown to seemingly epic proportions with heroin, methamphetamine and Fentanyl causing many people to overdose and die. This can happen with other drugs as well. People accused of providing drugs to these individuals can face serious charges in any case, but they are made worse if the person who received the drugs dies from their use.
While it is a terrible occurrence if a person dies from drugs, that does not necessarily mean the accusations that a person delivered the drugs are valid. If there are charges for drug delivery and the person died, having legal representation is imperative to combat the charges. If a person is convicted of dispensing, administering, delivering, selling or prescribing a controlled substance or a counterfeit substance and does so intentionally, it will be a first-degree felony should the person who received the drugs dies.
A conviction on these charges can be a prison sentence of up to 40 years. This will not apply if the victim was younger than 13 and the death stems from the same criminal act in which case it will fall into the category of murder. There can be a forfeiture petition, but it will not be subject to a fine. If the forfeiture petition is unsuccessful, there can be a fine imposed on the person's assets.
As law enforcement and legislators seek to reduce the ongoing drug problem in Pennsylvania, it is increasingly vigilant about seeking out those who are allegedly providing drugs to people. If providing those drugs leads to the person who received them dying, it can be the foundation for an arrest for extremely serious charges and serious consequences if there is a conviction.
When confronted by these allegations, there could be alternatives to reduce charges or get an acquittal. A law firm experienced in defending clients facing drug charges can examine the case and help to craft strategies to seek a successful outcome.