Possession Of Red Phosphorous Or Causing Or Risking A Catastrophe In Pennsylvania

September 25, 2017By Brian Manchester

Have you or someone you know been charged with having a Possession of Red Phosphorous or Causing or Risking a Catastrophe in Pennsylvania? The charges associated with Possession of Red Phosphorous or Causing or Risking a Catastrophe in Pennsylvania can have very serious consequences that can include up to twenty years in prison and thousands in fines just for a single charge.

There are different offenses in Pennsylvania under the same statute; all of which are Felonies for Causing or Risking a Catastrophe that can result in, a maximum of 20 years in prison, and thousands of dollars in fines. Possession of Red Phosphorous is a felony punishable up to seven years and a fine of $15,000. The multiple different subsections for the charge of Causing or Risking a Catastrophe and Possession of Red Phosphorous in Pennsylvania they are as follows;

  1. Causing A Catastrophe:
    Is either a felony 1 or a felony 2, which can be punishable up to 20 years in prison and carries a $25,000 fine.The elements are that you causes a catastrophe by some manner fire, water, poison gas, etc. or by other means of causing potentially widespread injury or damage; including the dealing in licenses or permits for transporting hazardous materials. If the actions are done intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly.
  2. Risking A Catastrophe:
    Is a felony 3 with a max punishment of 7 years of incarceration and a $15,000 fine.The elements are that you created a risk of a catastrophe by using fire or explosives or other dangerous means that could have resulted in a fire, explosion, collapsed building, etc.
  3. Possession Of Red Phosphorous:
    Is a felony 3 with a max punishment of 7 years of incarceration and a $15,000 fine.The elements are that you possessed a precursor substance with intent to manufacture a controlled substance. There are multiple substances listed and included in that list is re phosphorous.

As you can see from these two statues to which I have trimmed down, being charged with Causing or Risking a Catastrophe or Possession of Red Phosphorous in Pennsylvania are very serious offenses. The results of a conviction can be felonies which could result in spending decades in prison. If the police arrest you Causing or Risking a Catastrophe or Possession of Red Phosphorous it is very important to be polite but remain silent and request to speak with your lawyer right away. Anything you say can and will be used against you. With so much at risk, it is important that you exercise your constitutional rights from the very beginning.

It is extremely important to contact an experienced law firm right away in you or someone you know is charged with Causing or Risking a Catastrophe or Possession of Red Phosphorous in Pennsylvania. If you, your son, daughter, or loved one in Pennsylvania has been arrested for a crime in state or federal court in Pennsylvania you need legal representation. Here at Manchester and Associates, we represent people across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For a free consultation, we can be contacted at 1-800-243-4878.

Posted in: Crimes , Criminal Defense Blog

Tags: Causing, Criminal Defense, Possession, Red Phosphorous, Risking A Catastrophe,

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Brian Manchester is the owner of Manchester and Associates in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. His law firm practices DUI and Criminal Defense exclusively throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania in both state and federal court. He has a team of two other lawyers with a combined 50 years of trial and courtroom experience are also trained in science and many other skills that are relevant to criminal defense to include the psychology of persuasion as well. One of his associates is a former District Attorney (chief prosecutor) in central Pennsylvania.   Mr. Manchester and his team routinely handle serious felony cases including murder, manslaughter, sex crimes, complex financial crimes, and serious assaults. A large part of Mr. Manchester’s practice is the defense of alcohol and drug-based DUI offenses as well as drug cases using science and analytical chemistry. Mr. Manchester has training as a Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor. He is one of a handful of Certified Lawyer-Scientists as recognized by the American Chemical Society in the United States. He is a member of NCDD and is a Founding Member of DUIDLA. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society with over 170,000 members across the world. To date, he is the only practicing criminal defense lawyer to belong to the Society of Forensic Toxicologist where he is an Associate Member. Mr. Manchester speaks nationally on the topic of blood and drug testing for alcohol as well as the metrological (measurement uncertainty) in forensic testing.

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