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Mandatory Minimum Sentences in Pennsylvania

hands gripping jail barsIn the state of Pennsylvania, certain crimes carry a mandatory minimum sentence.  While the constitutionality of mandatory minimums has been recently challenged (See Alleyne v. United States), they are still used in court.

Mandatory minimums come into play on a regular basis.  Here is a list of some “mando mins.”  This list is not exhaustive. If you have questions call the Law Office of Mark D. Copoulos.

  • Murder of the first degree – Death or life imprisonment
  • Murder of a law enforcement officer of the first degree – Death or life imprisonment
  • First degree murder of an unborn child – Life imprisonment
  • Murder of the second degree – Life imprisonment
  • Murder of a law enforcement officer of the second degree – Life imprisonment
  • Second degree murder of an unborn child – Life imprisonment
  • Drug delivery resulting in death – 5 years total confinement
  • Assault by life prisoner – Life imprisonment
  • Certain drug offenses committed with firearms – 5 years total confinement
  • Rape – 5 years imprisonment
  • Drug trafficking of Marijuana 2 to <10 lbs. (first conviction) – 1 year
  • Drug trafficking of Marijuana 10 to <50 lbs. (first conviction) – 1 year
  • 2nd conviction for crime of violence – 10 years
  • Sentences for offenses committed on public transportation – 5 years

Source: Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing & Relevant Materials