When a person is accused of committing a drug-related crime, he or she
may naturally feel panicked. A drug conviction can result in serious penalties,
including prison time. One individual in Pennsylvania currently faces several
The 34-year-old man was arrested on a recent Friday after police investigated
two individuals who were found to be unresponsive at his home. The man
had called 911, denying any knowledge about why the two individuals were
unresponsive. However, after police investigated the matter further, they
reportedly learned that the three individuals had used heroin, and three
children were allegedly in the house while the drug use was taking place.
Authorities said that when one of the individuals began to overdose, the
34-year-old took the syringe and heroin, hiding them under shingles located
on a backyard shed. The man eventually showed police where these items
were hidden. He now faces charges of possessing heroin, which is a felony
in the fifth degree, as well as tampering with evidence, which is a felony
in the third degree. He also faces first-degree misdemeanor charges of
possessing instruments used to abuse drugs and endangering children.
Individuals facing drug charges in Pennsylvania cannot be convicted unless
prosecutors can prove their charges beyond a reasonable doubt in court.
It is important to note that an accused individual may avoid going to
trial by taking advantage of a plea deal with prosecutors, if available,
which may lead to a lighter and, thus, more personally favorable sentence
for the defendant. It is within the rights of any person facing drug charges
to fight for his or her best interests with the help of proper legal guidance.
Source: the-review.com, "Four charged following double heroin overdose", Stephanie Ujhelyi, May 19, 2015