If you have been arrested for a drug crime under Pennsylvania law, you may also be charged with an additional drug crime known as “criminal use of a communication facility” if a communication device was used in the commission of a felony drug charge.
Criminal Use of a Communication Facility under PA Law
Pennsylvania law, at 18 Pa.C.S.A. §7512, states the following: “A person commits a felony of the third degree if that person uses a communication facility to commit, cause or facilitate the commission or the attempt thereof of any crime which constitutes a felony under this title or under the act of April 14, 1972 (P.L.233, No.64), known as The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act. Every instance where the communication facility is utilized constitutes a separate offense under this section.”
Under PA law, the term “communication facility” means a public or private instrumentality used or useful in the transmission of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part, including, but not limited to, telephone, wire, radio, electromagnetic, photo-electronic or photo-optical systems or the mail. In recent years, this section of PA law has come to include the use of a cell phone, text messages and email.
Contact our Criminal Defense Lawyers in Pennsylvania
The experienced criminal defense lawyers at The Martin Law Firm understand the stress and anxiety associated with an arrest for felony drug charges. Our criminal defense lawyers have been representing individuals charged with felony drug charges, including a charge of criminal use of a communication facility under PA law, for over a decade. Your criminal defense team will take the time to gain a thorough understanding of your case and will walk you through each stage of your criminal proceeding in the PA courts. Our criminal defense lawyers are committed to reaching the best possible outcome for you, including a reduction of your charges, acceptance into an alternative sentencing program such as ARD, or dismissal of the criminal charges against you.
Contact The Martin Law Firm today at 215-646-3980 for a free case evaluation for your alleged drug offense in Pennsylvania as well as the surrounding areas of Bucks County, Delaware County, Chester County and Philadelphia County.