Drug crimes can range from misdemeanors to felonies, depending on the quantity and type of drugs involved. Regardless, a drug crime conviction can alter the trajectory of your life, affecting your employment prospects and personal life.
At McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., our criminal defense attorneys provide client-focused legal care. We aren’t here to judge; we’re here to fight. Continue reading to learn more about how a Falls Township drug crimes lawyer can help.
Types of Drug Crimes in Falls Township
Our team works on several types of drug crimes cases, including:
- Possession: In most cases, possession refers to small amounts of drugs intended for personal use. Think a few grams of marijuana or less than a gram of cocaine.
- Trafficking: Trafficking crimes entail large quantities of drugs intended for distribution. These crimes are typically more severe than possession.
- Drug manufacturing: Manufacturing drugs, like growing marijuana or chemically synthesizing designer drugs, is a crime in Falls Township.
- Paraphernalia possession: Drug paraphernalia is a broad category, including devices used to snort, inhale, smoke, inject, or otherwise ingest drugs. This category also includes equipment used to produce drugs. Possession of paraphernalia with the intent to use or the delivery of paraphernalia to a minor is a crime.
The punishments associated with these crimes are specific, hinging on drug quantities, drug types, and previous criminal history. Therefore, the sentence for your charges could be a year in jail and a misdemeanor or ten years in prison and a felony. If you’re unsure of the specifics of your charges, our team can address them during an initial case evaluation.
Similarly, if your drug crime isn’t noted here, don’t fret. Our team can review your case and determine your eligibility for legal representation.
Federal Drug Crimes
Drug crimes fall into one of two categories: state and federal. Generally, the more serious a drug crime, the more likely it is to be charged at the federal level. For example, transporting large quantities of drugs across state lines could catch the attention of federal prosecutors, as could participating in a drug syndicate.
These crimes are typically investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), types of federal drug crimes include:
- Distribution, manufacturing, or intending to distribute large quantities of drugs: The possession, manufacturing, or distribution of large amounts of drugs is a federal crime, punishable by up to a lifetime sentence. The quantity of drugs in possession dictates the severity of the crime. For example, one gram of LSD is punishable by up to 40 years in prison, whereas 10 grams of LSD is punishable by a life sentence.
- Maintaining a property for drug distribution or drug manufacturing: Using a property for the express purpose of producing or selling drugs is punishable by up to 20 years in prison at the federal level.
- Managing a criminal drug syndicate: This law punishes those who manage an illegal drug dealing and distribution operation with five or more employees. To prosecute this crime, investigators must prove that the defendant made a substantial income from their drug business.
Federal drug crimes are severe. They often involve the DEA, which is well-funded, meaning they can dedicate considerable resources towards gathering evidence. Therefore, if you’ve been charged with a federal drug crime, it’s advisable to seek legal counsel with an experienced attorney. At McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., we’re not afraid to go toe-to-toe with federal prosecutors.
Do I Need to Hire a Falls Township Drug Crimes Lawyer?
Everyone in Falls Township has the right to legal representation. This means that if you don’t hire an attorney, you’ll be appointed a public defender. However, a public defender may have less time or resources to dedicate to your case.
At McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., we’re 100% in for our clients. We’ll make you our top priority throughout the duration of your case. We believe you deserve the best legal representation possible, and we’ll work tirelessly toward producing an ideal case outcome.
The Services We Provide
A Falls Township drug crimes lawyer from our team can provide you with the following services:
- Gathering evidence and contacting eyewitnesses to produce testimonies
- Negotiating with prosecutors to reduce your charges
- Aiming to reduce or eliminate your bail
- Discussing your legal options
- Fighting aggressively for your rights and future
These services have one goal—the preservation of your future. However, we also care about the legal experience we provide our clients. We don’t want you to feel stressed, confused, or frustrated with dealing with our firm. We prioritize transparency and accessibility by offering the following perks:
- Offering Attorney David C. McKenzie’s phone number to those who join our firm as clients
- Providing frequent case updates
- Addressing all of your burning questions
- Promptly answering your emails, calls, and texts
With us by your side, you’ll never feel alone.
Attorney McKenzie’s Leadership
Attorney McKenzie leads all our cases. He holds a Juris Doctorate and has several years of legal experience. Before founding McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., he worked both as a private lawyer and an Assistant District Attorney (ADA). During his tenure as an ADA, he prosecuted multiple cases.
Attorney McKenzie understands both sides of the court and is prepared to put this insider knowledge to work for you.
Our firm and Attorney McKenzie have secured several accolades and recognitions, including the following:
- 10 out of 10 Avvo rating
- Top 40 Under 40 from The National Trial Lawyers
- Top Rating from Martindale Hubbell Law Firm Rankings
Drug Crimes and Marijuana Use in Falls Township
Medical marijuana was legalized in Falls Township in 2016. However, despite this measure, it’s still possible to be charged with marijuana drug crimes. As of 2023, the rules for medical use include the following:
- Growing or distributing marijuana without a license is illegal
- Possessing large quantities of marijuana is illegal
- Traveling across state lines with marijuana is a federal crime
- You can only possess up to 90 days’ worth of medical marijuana
Violating these laws can result in prison time, probation, and fines. Therefore, it’s ideal to know the specifics of relevant medical marijuana laws, particularly if you were charged with a crime. A Falls Township drug crimes lawyer can represent those charged with a marijuana drug crime.
Work With a Falls Township Drug Crimes Lawyer Today
If you are wondering about your legal options when facing drug crime charges, we’re here to take your call. Contact our offices today for a no-obligation case evaluation.