Felony drug charges have become very common. Especially when dealing with Schedule I controlled substances like opiates, even a small amount can put one in the felony offense tier.
A felony drug conviction can truly be a life altering experience.
If you are facing a felony drug offense, this is a charge you need to take very seriously. Not only will be looking at years of imprisonment and heavy fines, you can also stand to lose your professional license.
You will lose your License as a Massage Therapist.
According to Pennsylvania law, a professional license will not be issued to an applicant who has been convicted of a felony under The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act for at least 10 years. The statute 63 P.S. §627.5(a)(6) states:
An applicant shall be considered to be qualified for a license if the applicant submits proof satisfactory to the board of all of that:
The applicant has not been convicted of a felony under the act of April 14, 1972 (P.L.233, No.64), 2 known as The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, or of an offense under the laws of another jurisdiction which, if committed in this Commonwealth, would be a felony under The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, unless the following apply:
(i) At least ten years have elapsed from the date of conviction.
(ii) The applicant satisfactorily demonstrates to the board that the applicant has made significant progress in personal rehabilitation since the conviction and that licensure of the applicant should not be expected to create a substantial risk of harm to the health and safety of the applicant’s clients or the public or a substantial risk of further criminal violations.
(iii) The applicant otherwise satisfies the qualifications required under this act.
If you are facing a felony drug charge, please call (717) 690-8643 to talk to one of the experienced attorneys at The McShane Firm so we can guide you through this trying time. We have helped many professionals keep their licenses and protected their future. Call Now.