Pennsylvania has strict drug crime laws. The penalty for a drug crime in Pennsylvania is often a jail term, a fine, or both. However, if you were charged with a drug crime, a drug crime lawyer in Montgomery County may be able to help.
Your lawyer may be able to help you avoid serious charges, like jail time. Contact our firm to learn more and to book a free consultation with a member of our team.
The Drug Crime Cases We Take On
We passionately defend those charged with drug crimes such as:
- Drug possession
- Conspiracy to traffic narcotics
- Marijuana crimes
- Methamphetamine crimes
- Drug manufacturing
- Drug trafficking
- Cocaine crimes
- LSD crimes
- Illegal drug use
- Possession with intent
- Drug distribution
- Heroin crimes
Give us a call today if you’re facing charges for any of those cases or another case.
Some of the Most Common Cases In Pennsylvania
We commonly see cases with charges like:
- Possession of drugs: Even just having an illegal drug in your possession is a crime, but you may not have to suffer a serious charge for this
- Possession with intent to deliver drugs: If you have a large amount of a drug in your possession, this could indicate you intend to sell it to other people
- Delivery of drugs: Distributing drugs to others if a crime unless you have a license to do so
- Manufacturing of drugs: Manufacturing drugs, like marijuana, is also a crime unless you have a license
We may be able to help you avoid or reduce your charges for any of those crimes.
Drug Sentencing Penalties: Factors and Federal Offenses
Drug crimes vary a lot in type and severity, so if you were charged with one, you could face a simple misdemeanor or a serious felony, like a federal offense. There can be many factors involved in charges, such as:
- Quantity in possession: Penalty depends on the quantity found in your possession.
- Selling: Penalties are more severe if you intended to sell drugs.
- Growing: Growing or cultivating drugs carries more severe penalties than mere possession.
- Location: The location where you are caught with drugs in your possession will also play a key role in determining the penalty. For example, if you are arrested near a school, you will face severe penalties.
- Prior convictions: If you have been previously convicted for drug crimes, the penalties will be more severe.
In Pennsylvania, each drug crime has a gravity score that indicates how serious the crime is. You may know the gravity score for your crime. However, Pennsylvania’s drug crime penalty schedule is complicated, so you should discuss your crime with a lawyer.
What Makes a Drug Crime a Federal Offense?
- Transporting drugs across a state line
- Distributing drugs across a state line
- Shipping drugs across a state line
- Shipping drugs in the US mail
- Transporting, shipping, or mailing illegal drugs across the US border
- Conspiracy with a person in another state to sell drugs or transport illegal drugs
- Using the internet to sell or distribute illegal drugs
- Transportation of illegal drugs on airplanes
- Transportation of illegal drugs in boats on federal waters
- Drug crimes involving large amounts of illegal drugs
- Money laundering of profits from drug crimes
How a Drug Crime Defense Lawyer Can Help You
Regardless of the circumstances, you deserve legal representation. Your lawyer will:
Protect Your Rights
For example, you have the right to challenge matters like the method of search and seizure. The United States Constitution protects you from unreasonable searches and seizures by law enforcement officers.
This is a part of your Fourth Amendment rights. If a search and seizure is conducted by police without a valid search warrant, and does not fall under an exception to the warrant requirement, then the search and seizure is considered unreasonable.
Push for No or Low Bail
Depending on the circumstances, your attorney may be able to ask the court to give you no bail or a low-cost bail. Your attorney will work to get you released from jail so you can get back to your other obligations and prepare for trial.
Help You Get Back On the Road
If you lost your license, your attorney may be able to appeal for the return of your driving privilages.
Look Into the Charges Against You
Your lawyer will investigate the charges you’re facing and review the procecution’s case on you. Any issues with the charges or the case could lead to your charges being dropped or reduced.
Seek Evidence and Testimonies for Your Case
Your lawyer will also look for evidence to support your case and witnesses to testify about it. A piece of evidence may be security camera footage, and a witness may be a bystander.
Help You Explore Your Other Options
You and your lawyer may decide to plead guilty to a lesser charge. This is called making a plea deal. It may be your best option, depending on the case and whether you had a clean record prior to the incident.
In your case, an alternative such as a drug court may be available. If you qualify for any alternative, our Montgomery drug crime attorney will help you explore the alternative.
You can expect your lawyer to give you all the information you’ll need to make the best decisions for your case. As a client, you can also expect a lawyer from our firm to be accessible to you whenever you need assistance or advice.
Contact Us Today for a Montgomery County Drug Crime Defense Lawyer
If you are facing drug charges, you should have the services of an experienced criminal attorney from McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. Do not forgo your rights. You may be able to fight the drug charges against you.
Contact our Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer now. Our experienced criminal attorney can fight the drug charge for you. Even if the evidence is overwhelmingly against you, our criminal attorney can use effective strategies to reduce the negative consequences. .From our office in Montgomery County, PA, we represent clients all over Pennsylvania. Call us for a free consultation.