Pennsylvania Cocaine Laws

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Every state has different cocaine laws. Pennsylvania has its own. If you’ve been charged with possession, selling (PWI) or trafficking of cocaine, the stakes are high. Even the most minor drug possession conviction can result in heavy fines, jail time, and a permanent criminal record.

The government will likely try to make it look like you are a big time Kingpin. A lot of times they use the testimony of unreliable snitches who will say anything about you to save their own skin. One of our strategies is working to get the evidence suppressed by examining whether the police followed the proper procedures during their investigation. We know how to fight these cases and will work hard to protect your rights.

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The skilled attorneys of The McShane Firm have the aggressive courtroom skills you need to help reduce or dismiss your charges. With our advanced scientific training, we can defend you against all drug charges, including:

  • Cocaine Possession
  • Cocaine Sale or Distribution
  • Variants of cocaine including crack
  • Drug Paraphernalia like crack pipes

All of the attorneys at The McShane Firm have specialized training in the science behind forensic drug analysis and identification

Contact us today for your free, no obligation consultation. We’ll discuss your legal options and help you fight for your rights and your freedom.

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Pennsylvania Cocaine Penalties

In the State of Pennsylvania, our cocaine laws makes it illegal to possess or distribute controlled substances. Cocaine laws are harsh. It is also illegal to cultivate illegal substances and possess or distribute drug-related paraphernalia.

The heavy fines, possible jail time, and permanent criminal record that come with a drug possession conviction can complicate your life for years to come. That’s why it’s important to have an aggressive defense attorney by your side in court. At The McShane Firm, all of our attorneys have the same highly-specialized drug training as the police officer who charged you – and we’re ready to use that training in court to fight for your rights.

Sentencing for drug possession or drug dealing convictions vary greatly depending on the type of drug and how much was found in your possession. Below is an overview of the current typical penalties for cocaine in PA.

Cocaine Penalties Overview

Possession with Intent to Deliver – First Offense
Maximum Prison:
10 Years
Maximum Fine:
Possession with Intent to Deliver – Subsequent Offense
Maximum Prison:
20 Years
Maximum Fine:
Simple Possession – First Offense
Maximum Prison:
One Year
Maximum Fine:
Simple Possession – Second or Subsequent Offense
Maximum Prison:
Three Years
Maximum Fine:
*Prior convictions, amount of cocaine possessed or sale to a minor can incur more severe penalties

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As you can see, even the most minor cocaine charge can put your future in jeopardy. But remember: being accused of a crime is not the same as being convicted. You have options. Get The Science Attorneys on your side. You can get The McShane Firm.