CRIMINAL USE OF COMMUNICATION FACILITY (18 P.S. § 7512)
Pennsylvania law makes it a crime for any person to use a communication facility to commit, cause or facilitate the commission or the attempt thereof of any crime which constitutes a felony under The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act. These crimes include:
- Possession of a Controlled Substance
- Drug Paraphernalia
- Possession with Intent to Deliver
Each time a person uses a communication facility to further a drug crime, a person can be charged with a separate offense.
“Communication facility” means a public or private instrument 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 other words, using a cell phone, text messages or email to sell or purchase drugs is a crime.
GRADING AND PENALTIES
Felony of the Third Degree
Max Fine of $15,000.00
Max Jail of 7 years
DEFENSE LAWYER – THE MARTIN LAW FIRM, P.C.
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