Possession of Steroids
As many as six million Americans have used anabolic steroids to build up their bodies and improve their athletic performance. To obtain these drugs, they turn to friends, dealers and international sales over the Internet. Police often run undercover operations on the Internet and they monitor gyms to find evidence of illegal possession and sales.
What You Need To Know About Anabolic Steroids
- If you exchange steroids with people at your gym, post information about your steroid use on Internet message boards or order steroids online, your probability of being arrested is increased.
- Even possessing a week’s worth of an anabolic steroid can lead to a stiff punishment.
- § In Pennsylvania, Substance III anabolic steroids include pills like Dianabol, Primobolan, Anavar, Anadro, Winstrol and Halotestin.
- If you are caught with anabolic steroids you can face up to one year in prison and a minimum fine of $1,000 for a first offense.
- The police may find you with just the amount of anabolic steroids you use in a cycle, but they will charge you with intent to sell because of the quantity even if you only planned the steroids for you own use.
Selling Anabolic Steroids
- Selling or intending to sell anabolic steroids is a felony offense. If you are charged, you are facing up to five years in prison and a fine up to $15,000.
- You may have been under police surveillance for quite some time before your arrest. If so, the police will have a wealth of information about you.
- The police may obtain a warrant to search you at your home or your gym.
If you have been charged with dealing anabolic steroids, you may be up against Pennsylvania’s mandatory minimum sentencing laws, as well as federal charges.
What To Do If You Have Been Charged
If you are caught with anabolic steroids in your possession, it is important that you do not make any statements to the arresting officer about the drugs.
As with most criminal charges, you should not talk to the police or prosecutors without your PA drug defense attorney by your side. What you say can be taken out of context and used against you. If the police question you, tell them you want a lawyer and politely refuse to answer their questions.
What A Lawyer Can Do
Your attorney will examine the alleged facts to first determine if there was probable cause to charge you lawfully.
- If you were stopped in your car, your defense attorney will find out if there was probable cause to pull you over and to search you and the vehicle. Your attorney will look for ways to have any evidence suppressed.
- Your lawyer will see if there are ways to show that the amount of steroids that were with you at the time of your arrest were for personal use only.
- If the steroids belonged to someone else, your lawyer will try to find proof that they were not yours.
- If evidence against you comes from a confidential informant, your attorney will try to shred the informant’s credibility and expose their lies.
How a PA Drug Defense Attorney Will Help
When you are up against an anabolic steroid charge, you will be facing inflexible laws and a determined prosecutor. You will need an attorney who can help you determine all of your options and achieve the best outcome for your circumstances.
Pennsylvania Anabolic Steroid Law
Anabolic steroid charges are described and defined under The Pennsylvania Code under Title 35 Chapter 6. Read the code here.
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If at all possible, Fienman Defense will try to get the charges against you dismissed. Based on the evidence and the constraints of mandatory sentencing, we will work hard to get your penalties lowered. And if your case goes to court, Fienman Defense will fight to win an acquittal.