If the feds pick up a drug case and the common wealth convicts as well will the charges run concurrent?

Asked over 1 year ago - Biglerville, PA

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  1. William A. Jones Jr.


    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . Very similar to a question posted several minutes earlier although from different counties, so maybe it's a coincidence today. Possession, sale, possession with intent to deliver, and manufacture of a controlled substance is both a violation of our state and federal criminal statutes and they CAN legally prosecute in both arenas. Dual prosecutions are extremely rare; they waste money and drug violations in either jurisdiction present significant penalties. Normally when the Feds "pick up" a drug case already filed in state court it is done by means of a superseding indictment in Federal Court. The parallel state charges are normally withdrawn by the DA upon motion to the court. Hopefully the affected person here has a very good criminal defense attorney with lots of experience in handling drug cases in Federal Court.

  2. Daniel M. Myshin

    Contributor Level 17


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    Answered . The interplay between state and federal sentencing is extremely complicated. It cannot be answered in just a few sentences on a site like this. Mr. Jones correctly points out that convictions in both state and federal court are rare. However, it can happen that a defendant is convicted in both federal and state court for the same drug offense. The defendant is well advised to retain an experienced federal defense attorney. This is definitely not a run-of-the-mill situation. Feel free to contact me on Monday for a free initial consultation if you have additional questions on a specific case in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
    Dan Myshin

  3. William Emil Cassara


    Contributor Level 18


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    Answered . It is hard to answer that question without all the facts. He needs to speak to his attorney. Hopefully he has one experienced in both areas.

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  4. William Ray Pelger

    Contributor Level 14


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    Answered . as stated, unfortunately yes, but it is the exception, not the norm.

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