Drugs always have serious ramifications and repercussions for the people who use them and the community. The penalties and consequences of a felony drug conviction under Act 64 are severe. For example, any person who manufactures, delivers or possesses with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled or counterfeit substance classified in Schedule I or II which is a narcotic drug is guilty of a felony and upon conviction thereof shall be sentenced to imprisonment not exceeding 15 years, or to pay a fine not exceeding $250,000, or both, or such larger amount as is sufficient to exhaust the assets utilized in and the profits obtained from the illegal activity.
In addition to the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence and large fine, a felony drug conviction can negatively impact a person’s future employment, since employers can question job applicants if they have been convicted of a crime. Moreover, a number of statutes adversely affect a person convicted of a felony drug offense in areas such as education, public housing, student loans and aid, and foster families and adoption.
(1) Losing the ability to own or possess firearms.
(2) potential loss of a professional license or permit.
(3) losing the right to become an elector and being prohibited from voting, holding public office, or running for office, although these rights can be restored.
(4) being disqualified from jury service for seven years, or while a defendant in a pending felony case.
The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, 35 P.S. Section 780-101 et. seq., also known as “Act 64,” regulates the possession, control, usage, prescription, administration, manufacture and dispensing of drugs in Pennsylvania. Act 64 defines the various schedules of controlled substances and prohibited acts.
Act 64 regulates all controlled substances listed in Schedules I through V of the Act. Among the commonly used illegal drugs regulated by Act 64 are (a) Opioids, such as heroin and opium; (b) club drugs, such as Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) and Flunitrazepam; (c) stimulants, such as amphetamine, methamphetamine and cocaine; (d) hallucinogens, such as LSD, Psilocybin, and Mescaline; (e) cannaboids, such as marijuana and hashish; (f) dissociative drugs, such as PCP, Dextromethorphan (DXM), Ketamine, Salvia Divinorum, and analogs; and (g) other compounds, such as inhalants, gases, and anabolic steroids.
Protect your legal rights by hiring the highly skilled criminal trial attorneys at Charles Law Offices. In light of the potential severe punishment and long-term consequences that surround any felony drug conviction, it is imperative that the accused retain as soon as possible a highly skilled trial attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable in such areas:
Their excellent legal training, pretrial investigation, preparation, trial and appellate skills have enabled them to uncover and remedy illegal searches and seizures and other unlawful police conduct, resulting in successful outcomes for clients charged with serious felony and misdemeanor drug offenses in our courts. The attorneys at Charles Law Offices also have secured substantially reduced sentences in state and federal courts for clients afflicted with substance abuse addiction.
If you, or a loved one, have been charged with a felony drug offense or a misdemeanor drug offense, rely upon the legal knowledge, training, trial skills and incomparable experience of the attorneys at Charles Law Offices to zealously defend and represent your legal interests at the highest level. When your freedom and reputation are on the line, you can’t afford anything less!
Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with a lawyer. For specific technical or legal advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the attorneys at Charles Law Offices.
The Charles Brothers’ devotion to the law is derived from a family history in the legal system and of service to others. Their father, Charles “Chink” Charles (depicted in the lower left-hand corner of the photograph) held a 35 year career in law enforcement, and was selected to serve as the personal bodyguard for former United States Presidents John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon and Lyndon B. Johnson during their campaign visits to Allentown.