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Drug offenses are among the most prosecuted cases in the United States. The War on Drugs and the potential for profit are driving an endless stalemate. The drug cartels are reaping record profits each year while their victims are locked up and often have their lives destroyed. When they are released, it is even harder for them to be rehabilitated when finding honest employment and upward socio-economic mobility become a challenge.
You can often be tried in state or federal courts for similar offenses. Whether you are using drugs, trafficking drugs, found in possession of drugs, manufacturing drugs, or profiting off drugs in some other manner, there are many laws on the books to criminalize the conduct.
Although some loopholes exist with designer drugs when chemists slightly alter the formulas, most illegal drugs are clearly defined under the laws as Schedule I or II drugs that have little or no medicinal value and a high risk of addiction.
Crimes related to cocaine, heroin, opium, methamphetamines, Ecstacy, LSD, PCP, cannabis, and prescription drugs can lead to lengthy prison sentences. These controlled substances are easy for law enforcement to detect and provide them with smoking-gun evidence to ensure easy convictions. Best of all, the endless stream of drugs will always ensure an unlimited number of busts to bloat their salaries.
If you are charged with a drug offense for personal use, the cases are typically resolved at a state-level unless other crimes were involved that concern crossing borders or state lines.
If you are represented by an experienced criminal defense attorney, you can often get out of these charges with alternative sentencing rehabilitation programs. If you complete a drug rehabilitation program, you may even be eligible to have your conviction and arrest records expunged.
If you are charged with more serious crimes; such as drug trafficking, drug smuggling, or manufacturing drugs; you may be prosecuted in a federal court if the criminal episode involved multiple states, large quantities, or crossing national or international borders. The federal courts are more serious and offer few opportunities to correct critical errors because appellate review by the U.S. Supreme Court is extremely limited.
In any case, you may have defenses, such as entrapment. You may also have a defense called sentencing entrapment. In a case of entrapment, the police are manipulating you into selling them drugs even if you are just someone who uses for personal reasons.
They may have a confidential informant pressure you or tempt you with lots of money to obtain drugs for them to treat medical problems or to secure a friendship. If you are not someone who is in the business of dealing drugs, you should not be led into such situations by informants working with police and then punished for it.
Pennsylvania uses an objective test for entrapment to determine whether the conduct of police might ensnare even someone who was not already criminally predisposed. When police use questionable methods and do not demonstrate a pattern of criminal activity before their interventions, this may be grounds for entrapment.
Sentencing entrapment occurs when the police keep making more and more buys to simply rack up the charges. Using these methods, the police can script the crimes and the length of the sentence from start to finish.
This is an unfair practice because people who are not busted with drugs in buys set up by police would only be punished for a single crime. The authority of police to fabricate and manufacture crimes goes far beyond their job of preventing crime and rehabilitation.
You may also be able to defeat drug charges if you can show that the drugs are not yours and that you had no knowledge that they were left in your automobile. If you are not someone who uses drugs, you should present the truth and should not have to pay for someone else’s habits.
The officers may also falsely allege that substances contain drugs when they do not. This often happens when the test is verified by a drug dog rather than a laboratory. In any case, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help to turn the tide in your favor.