Pennsylvania man arrested for the second time in six weeks

A 24-year-old Pennsylvania man, 24, was taken into custody on April 23 for three drug charges but already faces charges of growing marijuana above two daycare facilities after he was arrested in March. Officers arrested him on the new drug charges after they confiscated marijuana and drug paraphernalia from his home.

On March 13, authorities searched an apartment above two daycare facilities and confiscated marijuana plants, bags of pot, several bags of pot seeds and a variety of drug paraphernalia. He faces four drug-related charges as a result of the search.

One of the most important rights that Americans have is the right to be free from a search unless the authorities obtain a search warrant. A criminal defense lawyer may ensure that a person's rights be protected and look into whether the authorities overstepped their boundaries when they conducted a search.

When someone faces a number of drug charges, the prosecution might decide to request that the charges run back to back or consecutively. This means that the accused people could serve longer sentences if they are convicted. A criminal defense lawyer might request that the charges be mitigated or run concurrently in order to lessen possible penalties. The lawyer might also try to look into rehab for someone who faces drug charges. Substance abuse treatment, either outpatient or residential, can help some people overcome drug addiction. In addition, the taxpayers do not need to bear the financial burden of treatment. In some cases, the offender may go on to live a crime-free life after they complete rehab.

Source: Post-Gazette, "North Side man faces more drug charges," Lexi Belculfine, April 26, 2013

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