What is PWI in PA and why am I being charged with it?


If the police charge you and arrest you with Possession with the Intent to Deliver (PWI), it means the amount of narcotics you are being charged with is enough for the government to think that you delivering or distributing the drug. They think you are a kingpin. So they are very happy to try to send you away for a long time.

What does PWI mean?

Possession with the Intent to deliver is a felony charge in PA. Sometimes folks call it PWI or PWID. This charge is about people who sell or exchange drugs with others. It does not need to be for a profit. IN fact, if you hand a drug to another person as a gift, that technically is a delivery. That is one form of the felony charge. Delivery of a drug is a felony charge in PA. The other form is possession with the intent to deliver. This means that you have the drug, not with the intent to use it, but instead to give it (deliver it) to others. PWI doesn’t always mean the amount of drugs. Even a small amount of drugs can be a PWI. It depends on the reason for the possession, not the weight.

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Below are some of the penalties for a PWI conviction.


Additional Consequences

On top of the legal penalties cited above, PWI can trigger a number of additional consequences. Since PWI is a felony, you are in serious jeopardy of losing your job. This not only affects you if you have a professional license, but you will also not be able to work for Uber or Lyft. These consequences can be far reaching and last a lifetime.

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