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Here For You When You Need A Robust Drug Crime Defense

If you’re facing drug charges, the prosecution will waste no time in building a case against you. Do not delay in getting the robust defense you need. Your future may depend on it.

Attorney Gerald V. Benyo Jr. stands ready to defend you with nearly 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer in Beaver County. Come to his firm, Benyo Law Office, for dedicated legal support that is there for you each and every step of the way.

Your Ally In Fighting Drug Charges

Attorney Benyo defends clients against Pennsylvania drug charges, including:

  • Drug possession
  • Drug distribution/sale
  • Drug trafficking
  • Drug manufacturing

Attorney Benyo understands the intricacies of these allegations. He will use his knowledge to defend your future.

Understanding Pennsylvania’s Drug Schedules

Pennsylvania categorizes drugs into five schedules. Key schedules include:

  • Schedule I: Drugs deemed to have no accepted medical use and a high abuse risk. Examples include heroin, LSD and marijuana.
  • Schedule II: Drugs with some medical uses but a high abuse risk. Examples include cocaine, fentanyl and methamphetamine.
  • Schedule III: Drugs with a lower abuse risk than Schedule II and a low to moderate risk of addiction. Examples include anabolic steroids, codeine combinations and ketamine.

Whatever controlled substance you are facing charges for, attorney Benyo can help you understand its classification, explain what this means for your case and develop a defense tailored to your needs.

What Are The Penalties For Drug Possession?

Here in Pennsylvania, these penalties vary widely depending on factors such as:

  • The type of drug
  • The amount of drug
  • Whether it is a first offense
  • Whether there are special circumstances

Simple possession involves possession of restively small amounts of a drug. It is typically a misdemeanor. For heroin or cocaine, simple possession charges could mean up to a $5,000 fine and one year in jail for a first offense.

When drug possession allegations involve larger amounts, felony charges, with their higher penalty levels, may be on the table. Accusations of selling or distributing drugs also typically lead to felony charges.

Turn to attorney Benyo for knowledgeable guidance on the specific penalties you face. He can help you develop strategies to potentially avoid such consequences.

The Unique Rules Around Marijuana

The marijuana laws in Pennsylvania are complex:

  • Medical use is legal, but recreational use is not
  • Possession is generally a misdemeanor offense
  • For first offenses of possession, the standard penalties range from up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine for 30 grams or less, to up to one year and $5,000 for more than 30 grams
  • Sale/distribution is a felony offense, unless it involved 30 grams or less was not in exchange for payment.

Attorney Benyo can help you navigate the unique legal terrain regarding marijuana to try to get the criminal charges you face reduced or dismissed.

Begin Your Fight For Justice

When you stand accused of drug charges, having the right attorney could change the course of your case. Call 724-302-4091 or send a message to attorney Benyo for a free consultation. Start building a strong defense today.