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  4.  » The penalties associated with drug possession

It is important to understand the potentially serious consequences you could face due to drug possession allegations. Aside from financial penalties, you could even spend time behind bars as a result of drug possession. This could prevent you from working, negatively affect your ability to attend school and disrupt your life in other ways.

Not to mention, drug-related convictions can cause problems years later due to a criminal record.

Reviewing the consequences of drug possession charges

West Chester University goes over some of the consequences that could arise due to drug possession charges in the state of Pennsylvania. Under state law, those accused of possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana can face a $500 fine and up to 30 days behind bars. If accused of possessing over 30 grams of marijuana, you could face a $5,000 fine and up to a year behind bars. If your record reflects a previous possession conviction, you could face significantly harsher penalties.

Charges related to the possession of other drugs, such as cocaine, heroin and LSD can lead to a year behind bars for a first offense, two years of imprisonment for a second offense and three years behind bars for a third offense.

Dealing with drug possession charges

If you face drug possession charges, you need to examine the unique aspects of your case. Sometimes, people face these charges even though they did not do anything wrong, such as someone who had an illegal substance planted in their vehicle. It is vital to review the individual details of your case and determine the best approach.

Drug possession cases can lead to harsh penalties, and you need to do everything in your power to safeguard your future.