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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Mandatory Minimum State Sentences

In Pennsylvania, the sentencing commission has deemed that certain Defendants should be subject to mandatory minimum sentences in certain circumstances.
For example: A person who commits a violent offense with a deadly weapon is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years. A person who is convicted of possession with the intent to deliver narcotics and it is proven by the preponderance of the evidence that he was in actual or constructive possession of a firearm, he is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years in state prison. The sentencing judge has no discretion in imposing these sentences.
If you have been charged with possession of a firearm while also charged with possession with intent to deliver narcotics, contact our law firm immediately to discuss your options. In some instances, the mandatory sentence can be negotiated. In other cases, the best possible case will be to opt to for a trial.
The decision to plead guilty or opt for a trial is the decision of the client. However, such decision should not be made without consultation with an experienced attorney and knowledge of all the possible penalties.
Contact our lawfirm today to schedule a free consultation.

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