Methamphetamine Arrests in Pennsylvania
If you have been arrested and charged for a methamphetamine-related crime in Delaware County, Chester County, or Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, you may be concerned about your future, and wondering what to do to protect your rights, assets, reputation, livelihood, and freedom. Before you speak to anyone in law enforcement, it is imperative that you speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Contact Skinner Law Firm at (610) 436-1410 or online and learn if we may be able to help you.
Pennsylvania Methamphetamine Laws
Under Pennsylvania law, the manufacture, sale or delivery, holding, offering for sale, or possession of methamphetamine is illegal. Possession and transportation of the primary ingredients of methamphetamine are also prohibited, and there is a rebuttable presumption that the possession of those ingredients in certain quantities or combinations shows intent to manufacture methamphetamine.
It is a felony to operate a methamphetamine lab, and anyone who is convicted of operating a lab is financially liable to the government for the costs of clean up. Additionally, property used in the furtherance of methamphetamine crimes, including cars, real estate, and money, is subject to forfeiture.
Anyone who commits a methamphetamine offense in Pennsylvania may also be subject to relevant federal laws with significant penalties.
What to Do After a Pennsylvania Methamphetamine Arrest
If you have been arrested for a methamphetamine offense, you have a Constitutional right to remain silent until you receive legal counsel. It is critically important to exercise that right. Do not say anything, to anyone, until you speak to a lawyer.
Saying nothing is the best course of action if you have been detained for possession, distribution, or even production—with one exception: If saying nothing about the location or condition of a methamphetamine lab may pose a high and immediate risk of the lab exploding and injuring or killing someone, reveal that information, and only that information.
How a Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help
Prosecutors in Delaware, Chester, and Philadelphia counties take methamphetamine cases very seriously. If you have been arrested for a methamphetamine crime, you may face aggressive prosecution, including requests for imprisonment, fines, and asset forfeiture.
Even the most dedicated public defenders are incredibly overworked and have caseloads that make it impossible to give every defendant’s case the time and attention it deserves. Do not trust your future to the system; get dedicated counsel and ensure you give yourself the chance for your case to have the best possible outcomes.
If you or a loved one have been arrested and charged with a methamphetamine-related offense, speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Michael J. Skinner at Skinner Law Firm has successfully represented clients by negotiating with prosecutors and thoroughly investigating cases to establish all applicable defenses. He works tirelessly to ensure his clients are treated fairly, and that plea deals and sentencing recommendations are proportionate to the charges. Contact Skinner Law Firm at (610) 436-1410 or online to schedule a free consultation and learn if we may be able to help you.