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    Default First Offense Drug Possession and Paraphernalia

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: Pennsylvania

    My daughter informed us last night that she was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana a week ago. She said that she was not given a citation or asked to sign anything. My question is, what kind of trouble could she be facing under the laws of PA. This is her first offense and will be starting college next week. The arresting officer told her it would be a misdemeanor but without any citation to look at, I'm unsure what level.

    Thanks for any and all help.

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    Default Re: First Offense Drug Possession and Paraphernalia in Pa

    She should consult a local criminal defense lawyer to see if she qualifies for a deferral as a first time drug offender.

    The consequences of a drug conviction are, needless to say, a criminal conviction, fines, probation, the possibility of jail time, the possibility of community service. Some states now suspend your driver's license if you're convicted of drug possession.

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    Default Re: First Offense Drug Possession and Paraphernalia in Pa

    Thanks for the info. Personally, I would love to see her not just walk away from this and at the least have a nice fine and do some community service. Lessons need to be learned. Thanks again.

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    Default Re: First Offense Drug Possession and Paraphernalia in Pa

    First time Possesion in Pennsylvania is a 6 month license suspension. There is no relief in the form of work license as a drug charge will automatically disqualify you.

    There is one congressman working to change the availability for a work/school license for first time offenders.
    See the bill infor
    mation here

    Good luck,
    Vince
    License Restoration Services Inc.
    Helping drivers throughout PA with license suspension and Work License issues.

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