DRUG DELIVERY RESULTING IN DEATH IN PENNSYLVANIA
Western Pennsylvania has one of the highest rates of heroin overdoses in the United States. Police are aggressively investigating all cases involving heroin overdoses, looking to arrest and prosecute all dealers and manufacturers of the fatal dose.
You don't need to be a drug dealer to be charged with Drug Delivery Resulting in Death. If you give prescription or non-prescription drugs to another person, and they die as a result, you are facing serious penalties.
DRUG DELIVERY RESULTING IN DEATH DEFINED
Drug delivery resulting in death is found under Title 18 Section 2506. This is a 1st-Degree Felony punishable by a maximum sentence of up to 40 years in jail. A person commits this offense person intentionally administers, dispenses, delivers, gives, prescribes, sells or distributes any controlled substance or counterfeit controlled substance in violation of section 13(a)(14) or (30) of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, and another person dies as a result of using the substance.
In order to prove this offense, the Commonwealth has to establish that you committed a Possession With Intent to Deliver offense first, and that the person died as a result of using the drug thereafter.
REMAIN SILENT AND CALL THE ZUCKERMAN LAW FIRM
Typically, the strongest evidence that leads to a person being charged with Drug Delivery Resulting in Death is their own admission to delivering the fatal dose of narcotics. If the police are investigating you for this offense, you should always remain silent and ask to speak with a lawyer immediately.
Police may also attempt to search your home in an attempt to find narcotics which match the fatal dose. For example, if a certain brand of heroin is found on the person who died, the police will attempt to locate stamp bags with a matching logo on your person, at your residence, or in your vehicle.
Call the Zuckerman Law Firm today at 412-447-5580 for a free, initial telephone consultation.