A woman and her daughter were recently ordered to go to trial after being
accused of engaging in adrug crime in Pennsylvania. According to authorities, the pair facing drug charges
sold prescription medicine used to treat anxiety to a student in high
school. The student ended up dying of an overdose.
The mother, 41, and the daughter, 20, were charged in December 2014. They
allegedly sold Xanax pills to a 17-year-old high school student. The charges
were filed after the boy overdosed on anxiety medication and heroin.
The death of the boy, a football player, occurred just days prior to a
high school championship game in which he was slated to play. Although
the mother and daughter have not been charged with causing his death,
they do face drug delivery-related charges. In addition, two adults who
were with the boy at the time of his overdose face charges of involuntary
The mother and daughter have the right to aggressively fight the charges
filed against them in a Pennsylvania criminal court. During a trial, the
prosecution must prove their drug charges beyond a reasonable doubt before
they can be convicted. A conviction may lead to serious penalties, such
as time behind bars. It can also have other negative long-term ramifications,
such as making it challenging to get a job in the future. A comprehensive
look at evidence that prosecutors intend to use to support their allegations
may be one of a criminal defense team's main focus areas as it pursues
an outcome in an accused individual's best interests.
Source: lancasteronline.com, "Trial ordered for 2 on drug counts after player
overdose", June 9, 2015