What amI facing for a first-time drug offense with child endangerment?

I sold pills to an undercover cop. I am 21 with kids.

Asked on December 2, 2010 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You have not given exactly what kind of pills, how many, or much other information.  However, what I can tell you is that any time child endangerment is involved the penalty is always much more severe - whether or not it is for a first-offense.  Right now you need to speak with a criminal defense attorney.  You never know, they might be able to get the charge dismissed due to a technicality or at least get it reduced.  To some degree being a first time offender still helps but again child endangerment is most seriously dealt with by the criminal justice system.

If you can't afford an attorney, ask for a PD to be appointed or contact Legal Aid.  Also, check to see if there is a law school nearby to where you live; they typically run free/low cost clinics that handle these type cases.  Additionally, you can, contact the local Bar Association in your county; they may have a list of attorneys who will take your case "pro bono" (for free) or at least for a reduced fee based on your income/circumstances. 


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