Chester County Drug Trafficking Attorney

Drug trafficking offenses in the U.S. in 2017 were committed by men over 84% of the time and most were white, black, or Hispanic. The average age of the offender was 36. Nearly 75% of those convicted were U.S. citizens and roughly 48% had a very minimal history of criminal activity.

There were a total of 19,043 drug trafficking offenses across the U.S. in 2017. Approximately 97.4% of these cases resulted in some type of plea, with merely 2.6% leading to a trial. In Pennsylvania, these rates were virtually identical to the national average, as only 2.7% of cases went to the trial phase.

Chester County Drug Court

In Chester County in 2017, there were an estimated 2,096 overall offenses that were drug-related. Chester was the second county in the state to establish a drug court. The Chester County Drug Court Program allows eligible offenders to enter a program of supervision that spans 12 to 24 months. These cases are classified as “a disposition in lieu of trial or criminal punishment.” Those who successfully complete all phases of the program are eligible for having their criminal charges dismissed and a clean criminal record.

The state provisions for drug trafficking offenses are separated according to the drug involved and quantity involved. The following chart outlines three of the most common types.



Incarceration Period



2-10 pounds or 10-21 live plants

1 year



10-50 pounds or 21-51 live plants

3 years



Over 50 pounds or 51 live plants

5 years



2-10 grams

1 year



10-100 grams

3 years



Over 100 grams

4 years



1-5 grams

2 years



5-50 grams

3 years



Over 50 grams

5 years


The Pennsylvania Code now increases all these penalties when the offender has a prior conviction for drug trafficking. For example, the first-tier heroin offense involving 1 to 5 grams is upgraded to a mandatory minimum penalty of 3 years and a $10,000 fine.

Enhanced Penalties: Federal Drug Offenses

Drug trafficking offenses also have a vast array of provisions that potentially upgrade or enhance the penalties based on certain factors. At the federal level, a program known as Enhanced Penalties for Federal Drug Trafficking Offenders was implemented. This applies to those with a previous drug conviction. When “851 enhancements” are imposed on offenders, the average sentence increased to a period of 61 months.

Forfeitures and Driver's License Suspensions

The court may order that assets associated with drug offenses be forfeited and auctioned, this is designed as a deterrent. Up until 2018, the state imposed mandatory driver's license suspensions for most drug offenses, even when the crime did not involve driving. From 2011 to 2016, roughly 149,000 individuals had their license suspended for drug offenses. Activists created public and legislative support to end this practice, which was said to hinder the offender's progress and was disproportionately hurting minorities and those with little income.

Drug Delivery Resulting in Death

The state allows for first-degree felony charges when someone delivers, sells, or otherwise distributes a drug that results in the death of the user. A first-degree felony conviction is punishable by a prison sentence of up to 40 years.

Experienced Defense Lawyer for Drug Offenses in Pennsylvania

LLF Law Firm understands that those alleged to have been trafficking in drugs may face life-altering penalties. They aggressively represent clients in these matters to achieve favorable results. Contact the office today for a case evaluation at (888) 535-3686.

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