Drug Charges may carry harsh mandatory prison sentences. An aggressive and experienced criminal defense lawyer is needed to protect your rights, your reputation and your liberty.
Now more than ever law enforcement has increased the amount of resources they are putting into investigating and prosecuting drug offenses. In order to successfully defend against any drug charge, every aspect of the case must be scrutinized. Often times these cases are won in pre-trial motions before they ever get to trial. This happens when evidence of the drug offense are seized or recovered in violation of one’s constitutional rights. When this happens, an attorney needs to analyze the law and circumstances of the arrest and seizure of evidence and fight aggressively to show that law enforcement went beyond the scope of what the law allows. The stakes are high for individuals charged with drug offenses. Sentences typically can involve harsh mandatory prison sentences and carry high monetary fines among other collateral consequences like driving license suspensions.
In Chester County, more serious drug cases are handled by a special unit within the prosecutors office. Because of the specialized knowledge that the Commonwealth Attorneys possess in these cases it is crucial that an accused individual retain a criminal defense lawyer with experience, knowledge and the ability to work through the complicated issues that often accompany these cases. In Chester County, along with every other county in Pennsylvania, drug charges oftentimes carry very severe mandatory prison sentences. An aggressive and experienced criminal defense lawyer is needed to protect your rights, your liberty, and fight for you – every step of the way.
DiCindio Law handles all types of drug offenses and is ready to evaluate your case, identify your defenses and fight for you. Contact us today to discuss your case.
Drug Offenses in Detail
Most Common Drug Offenses
35 P.S. § 780-113 (a)(16) – Possession of a Controlled Substance
Knowingly or intentionally possessing a controlled or counterfeit substance by a person not registered under this act, or a practitioner not registered or licensed by the appropriate State board, unless the substance was obtained directly from, or pursuant to, a valid prescription order or order of a practitioner, or except as otherwise authorized by this act.
35 P.S. § 780-113 (a)(30) – Possession With Intent to Deliver
Except as authorized by this act, the manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, a controlled substance by a person not registered under this act, or a practitioner not registered or licensed by the appropriate State board, or knowingly creating, delivering or possessing with intent to deliver, a counterfeit controlled substance.
35 P.S. § 780-113 (a)(31)(i) – Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana
The possession of a small amount of marihuana only for personal use
35 P.S. § 780-113 (a)(32) – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
The use of, or possession with intent to use, drug paraphernalia for the purpose of planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packing, repacking, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing into the human body a controlled substance in violation of this act.
The above listed information does not include the entire crimes code, annotations, amendments or any recent changes that may be relevant. The information provided is for informational purposes only and may not reflect the most current legal developments. These materials are not intended, and should not be taken, as legal advice on any particular set of facts or circumstances. Please contact DiCindio Law for a consultation and to discuss what law is relevant to your case.
Mike DiCindio is a criminal defense lawyer who represents individuals accused of crimes throughout all of Chester County, including West Chester, Phoenixville, Malvern, Coatesville, Paoli, Downingtown, Tredyffrin, West Goshen, Honey Brook, Oxford, Devon, Pottstown, Chesterbrook, Parkesburg, Kennett Square, and Avondale as well as in Montgomery County, Lancaster County, Delaware County, Philadelphia County, Bucks County and Berks County.