There are some types of criminal charges that people in Pennsylvania may think are “minor,” such as shoplifting, drunk driving or even simple possession of illegal drugs. However, every type of criminal charge a person could face should be taken seriously, as a conviction could alter a person’s life significantly. Felony charges, in particular, can lead to a loss of certain rights and, potentially, a prison sentence.
Drug distribution charges in Pennsylvania state courts, for example, are felony cases that need to be taken seriously. This type of charge involves more elements than just the possession of illegal drugs, as it must also be proven that the defendant intended to distribute the drugs to others as well. Taken together, the implied danger of such conduct is that the suspect, by allegedly engaging in the conduct, is endangering not only himself but potentially countless others as well.
The penalties for being convicted on drug distribution charges in Pennsylvania can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the amount of illegal drugs involved and prior convictions for the defendant, for example. Anyone facing drug distribution charges will, therefore, need to plan for a strong criminal defense strategy.
Many of our readers may have heard that the vast majority of criminal cases end with a plea agreement. However, that isn’t always the case when it becomes apparent that a defendant’s best option is to push the case all the way to a trial. In doing so, defendants must be ready to face a strong effort from the law enforcement officials and prosecutors involved in the case.