What happens when you are charged with a drug offense in Pennsylvania?
In Pennsylvania, illegal possession of drugs or a controlled substance and trafficking illegal narcotics are taken very seriously and penalties are some of the toughest in the country. Prosecutors have a wide range of options in deciding what charges to file against you.
A conviction of even a minor drug charge can affect your ability to gain employment, not to mention cause harm to your family, your future, and, for college and university students, your eligibility to receive federal student loans, not to mention enrollment eligibility.
In Pennsylvania, even a first time drug offense can send you to jail, suspend your driver’s license and cost thousands of dollars in fines.The penalties you face upon conviction will depend on whether you are being charged with a summary offense, misdemeanor or a felony.
Federal and state legislators have worked very hard to crack down on drug offenses; as a result people convicted of drug crimes in Pennsylvania receive some of the harshest sentences possible, and those punishments tend to be rather extreme, often containing a lengthy period of imprisonment.
An Arrest is Not a Conviction – Know Your Rights
Being charged with any crime is very stressful, but it is important to remember that you are innocent until proven guilty – Until you are convicted, you still have the right to defend yourself against the charges.
An experienced and knowledgeable drug attorney is going to be able to help you through that process and select a defense strategy that could help to have your charges dismissed or withdrawn.
DON’T EVER THINK THAT JUST BECAUSE THE POLICE FOUND
DRUGS ON YOU THEY HAVE “PROOF” THAT YOU ARE GUILTY.
OUR PITTSBURGH DRUG ATTORNEYS CAN HELP
There are many defenses to drug crimes and our Pittsburgh Drug Lawyers have been successful in winning cases in Allegheny County and all throughout Western Pennsylvania.
We are here to help our clients and will look into every detail of your case to ensure we have covered all bases.
Several Drug Diversion, or “Alternative-to-Jail” programs exist, as well as the ARD program for first-time drug offenders. We can help you apply for acceptance into these programs and keep criminal charges off your permanent record.
We will do everything possible to either fight your drug charges for a full dismissal or have your charges reduced significantly. We are extremely diligent and attentive to our clients and will do a full investigation into the police reports and build the strongest case possible to defend your freedom.
We provide the best possible legal services to our clients. If you have been charged with a drug crime, or think you may be charged soon, call Ketchel Law today for a free legal consultation at 412-456-1221.
Our Pittsburgh drug lawyers have successfully handled cases involving the following drug offenses:
- First Time Drug Offenses in PA
- First Offense Marijuana / Cannabis
- Simple Possession of Drugs
- Possession with Intent to Deliver (PWID Drugs)
- Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance
- Importing, Distributing or Trafficking in Controlled Substances
- Marijuana Charges in PA
- Small Amount of Marijuana Charges
- Heroin Charges
- Opioid Drug Charges
- Cocaine Charges
- Illegal Steroid Charges
- Ecstasy, Meth & PCP Charges
- Drug Paraphernalia Charges
- Synthetic Drugs / Designer Drugs
- Prescription Fraud and Illegal Prescription Medication – OxyContin, Adderall and Other Un-prescribed Pharmaceutical Drugs
- Drug Trafficking
Learn more about drug charges in Pennsylvania:
- Fighting Drug Charges in Pennsylvania
- ARD Program for First Offenders
- Drug Sentencing in PA
- Drug Diversion Programs in Western Pennsylvania
- Pardons for Small Amount of Marijuana in Pennsylvania
- Property Forfeiture and Asset Seizure
- Federal Drug Charges
The PA criminal justice system must presume you are innocent of all charges unless a judge or jury finds you guilty. A skilled criminal attorney can assist you with every aspect of your case and will ferociously fight to protect your rights as guaranteed by the Constitution.
At Ketchel Law, our greatest strength lies in critically analyzing and dissecting the details of a police officer’s report looking for inherent weaknesses and questioning the testimony of any experts or witnesses.
There are many possible ways to fight drug charges in Pennsylvania.
If the police officer conducted an illegal search or seizure or arrested you without probable cause, I’ll immediately file a suppression motion seeking a dismissal of your charges.
CONSEQUENCES/PENALTIES OF A DRUG OFFENSE CONVICTION
Penalties for a Drug Crimes conviction could include:
- Lengthy PRISON SENTENCE
- Substantial Court COSTS, LEGAL EXPENSES AND FINES
- SUSPENSION of Driver’s License
- LOSS of Driver’s License
- FORFEITURE of Property and Assets
- PROHIBITED from Owning and Carrying a Firearm
- LOSS of Employment
- LOSS of Parental Rights
- SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER Insurance Premiums
- Unable to OBTAIN INSURANCE COVERAGE
- LOSS OF ELIGIBILITY for College Financial Aid
DEFEND YOUR RIGHTS—An Arrest is Not a Conviction.
If the cops catch you, call Ketchel at 412-456-1221 for a free legal consultation.
We will do everything we can to minimize your expenses. You are never charged for phone calls or emails and your initial consultation is always free.
We understand what you are going through and will tirelessly fight on your behalf to ensure that your arrest has a minimal impact on every aspect of your life.
FREE LEGAL CONSULTATION
We offer free legal consultations to anyone charged with a crime. Call us today to find out how we can help defend your rights.