A conviction for possession of Vicodin in Pennsylvania could put you behind bars and cost you thousands of dollars. You will also lose your license for some time. Even after you have paid your debt to society, your criminal record could haunt you for the rest of your life. You may be unable to get a good job, rent an apartment, or obtain a student loan to return to school.
A possession of Vicodin (hydrocodone) defense lawyer in Montgomery County will fight aggressively to protect your rights and avoid a conviction. To schedule a free consultation immediately, call McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. at 610-680-7842.
Vicodin Possession Carries Severe Consequences
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) categorizes illegal drugs into five schedules (Schedule I through Schedule V), based on their medical uses and potential for addiction and abuse. Schedule I consists of drugs that the DEA claims have no medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule V drugs have legitimate medical uses and, according to the DEA, a low potential for abuse.
Hydrocodone is a Schedule II drug. This category is the second-highest on the schedule, meaning the authorities take possession seriously. If you have been arrested or charged with possession, call a drug crimes lawyer. The McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. team has a strong track record of defending clients arrested for or charged with Schedule II drug possession in Montgomery County and across Pennsylvania.
Possession vs. Possession with Intent to Sell
Whether you are facing charges for simple possession or intent to sell, we can help. You do not have to be caught selling the drug or planning to sell it to get hit with an intent charge. It is based on the quantity you are accused of possessing. With a small amount, the charge is usually simple possession. With a larger amount, you might face an intent to sell charge.
Penalties for Possession
The penalties for Schedule II drug possession in Pennsylvania include up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $5,000, and suspension of your drivers’ license for a first offense. Even if the judge cuts you a break on jail time, they are usually less willing to bend on the loss of your license. With no drivers’ license, it can be challenging to get to work or take care of your obligations, such as attending meetings with your probation officer.
Penalties for Possession with Intent to Sell
An intent to sell or trafficking charge ratchets up the potential consequences substantially. You face felony charges which significantly increase the penalties you face. Also, you will have a felony on your record, meaning you could lose your right to do things like vote or possess a firearm.
To obtain a conviction for possession of Vicodin, prosecutors must prove either actual or constructive possession.
- Actual: You had hydrocodone in your pockets, backpack, etc.
- Constructive: Officers found hydrocodone in an area you had control over such as a vehicle or locker.
Proving Intent to Sell
In Pennsylvania, you can face charges for intent to sell if you possessed more than a certain quantity of the drug or if other evidence, such as incriminating text messages or a significant amount of cash on your person, points to an impending or previous transaction. Our team will cast doubt on the prosecutors’ claims by presenting our own carefully collected and assembled evidence.
What to Do if You Were Arrested for Possession of Hydrocodone in Montgomery County, PA
If you were arrested for or charged with hydrocodone possession in Montgomery County, it does not have to mean the end of your life as you know it. Take the following steps, and we can work together to put a plan in motion to potentially beat the charge.
Hire a Lawyer Immediately
McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. has fought countless possession cases in Montgomery County. We know the judges and the prosecutors. Based on the circumstances of your case, it is possible we can either cut a favorable deal or gather enough evidence to get the charges dropped or obtain an acquittal at trial.
Do Not Talk to Anyone About Your Charges Without Your Lawyer Present
Heed the Miranda warning and exercise your right to remain silent. Our team can speak for you to ensure you have the upper hand in the case.
Speak with a Possession of Vicodin Defense Lawyer in Montgomery County Today
If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with possession of Vicodin, you know the seriousness of these charges and the importance of having an attorney defending you. At McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., our focus is on defending Pennsylvanians accused of drug crimes. We want to help you put these charges behind you so that you can get back to your life.
To schedule a free consultation with a member of our team, call us at 610-680-7842.