Q: I need help with the charge of promoting contraband in the 1st degree. I am scared to death, need advice
I have never been charged with nor have ever been in trouble in my life. I worked at the prison for almost a year with exceptional job performance appraisals. The morning I was charged, I was working a double shift that day and was in a hurry to make sure I had everything needed. I thought I picked up 2 tylonel pills with the intention to take them when I got gas and a drink on my way to work. I ultimately forgot all about it and when I arrived at work and went through the front door, it was discovered to be one tylonel and one norco pill, (that I do have a script for). I tried to explain the situation but was still charged with this and lost my job. I went to the first court date and am supposed to be appointed a public defender this coming Wednesday when I go back. I am beyond scared. I don’t know what to do or how to defend myself that it was just an honest mistake. Please help. I don’t have the money to hire anyone.
A: Normally most criminal statutes will require intent. You will need to speak with your public defender and advise of all facts. Appears intent will be difficult for the Commonwealth to prove.
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