While there is no chemical difference between crack and cocaine, the penalties for possession or distribution of crack are more serious than for cocaine. While the law was recently changed to narrow the gap in sentencing, there is still a difference in length of prison time between the two drugs.
If you have been arrested for possession or distribution of crack, you need a skilled and knowledgeable attorney to help you fight these charges. At Patrick Artur & Associates, we represent clients in state and federal court who face drug charges, including charges for crack. Our Philadelphia criminal defense lawyers will aggressively defend your rights and fight for your charges to be dropped or for you to get a reduced sentence.
Skilled Courtroom Defense From Crack Charges
If your case goes to trial, you will be personally represented by our founding attorney, Patrick Artur. Attorney Artur has successfully handled hundreds of jury trials in state and federal court. He has the experience and knowledge necessary to keep you out of jail. To discuss your case with an experienced Philadelphia crack possession and distribution charges attorney, contact our criminal defense firm.
Sentencing Guidelines in State and Federal Court
The old sentencing guidelines gave a disproportionate punishment to those charged with drug crimes involving crack. Under the old guidelines, a person charged with possession of crack would receive 100 times the sentence of someone convicted with the same amount of cocaine. Merely five grams of crack would have resulted in a five-year mandatory minimum sentence.
While sentencing guidelines have reduced this difference, crack charges are still more serious than charges for cocaine. Now, simple possession of 28 grams of crack can result in a mandatory minimum of five years in prison.
When you hire our firm, we will give you a straightforward assessment of the potential jail time and fines you could be facing. The length of your sentence varies greatly depending on a number of factors, including:
- The amount of crack or cocaine base
- Intent to sell or distribute the crack
- Your previous criminal record
- Use of a weapon
Contact a Bucks County Drug Defense Attorney
To discuss your defense, contact a Bucks County drug defense lawyer online or call us at 215-530-6666. In case of emergency, you can reach Patrick Artur personally by calling his cell phone at 215-530-6666.