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Drug Crimes Defense Attorney in Chester County, PA

Drug charges can range from simple misdemeanor possession to serious felonies that are prosecuted on a federal level. Regardless of the type of charges you may be facing, it is critical to have a seasoned drug defense lawyer to protect your rights. Our drug crime lawyers have years of experience representing clients in cases involving all types of drug-related charges. We are well-versed in the nuances of the law and believe that anyone who is charged with a crime deserves the best defense possible.

A Drug Defense Lawyer Can Help You Understand Charges

There are different types of drug charges on state and federal levels, and the same event can result in changes in both state and federal court. In Pennsylvania, if you are in possession of a small amount of a controlled substance, you will likely be charged with a misdemeanor. You can also be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, which is usually in addition to a drug possession charge.
Manufacturing, delivering, or possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver or sell it typically comes with felony charges. You may also be charged with a felony if you forge a doctor’s signature or falsify a prescription to obtain drugs. Our drug defense attorneys clearly explain your charges and possible penalties to you in straightforward language that is easy to understand.

Drug Schedules

Drugs are separated into schedules based on the level of risk or addiction. The penalties for drug crimes depend on the schedule they fall under, the quantity you had in your possession, whether you have previous convictions, and the specific details of your case.

Schedule I drugs include:

  • Heroin
  • Marijuana
  • LSD
  • MDMA
  • Peyote

Schedule II Drugs Include:

  • Prescription opioids such as Oxycontin, Vicodin, and Percocet
  • Methamphetamine
  • Methadone
  • Cocaine
  • Fentanyl
  • Ritalin
  • Adderall

If you have been charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver (PWID) any of these drugs, you may face very serious charges on the state and federal levels. If you have been arrested, it is critical to contact a drug crime lawyer at Perna & Abracht, LLC right away. The courts may require you to prove the source of any funds used to pay a bail amount, invigorating this process immediately is crucial for a quick release from Prison.

Penalties for Drug Crimes

There are many different factors that affect sentencing for drug crimes in Pennsylvania. Each case is unique, and penalties depend on whether you are convicted of a misdemeanor or felony offense. Typically, if you are convicted of a drug crime, your driver’s license will be suspended for six months for a first offense, one year for a second offense, and two years for a third offense.

Additionally, the amount of fines and jail time you may be subject to will depend on your specific charges. They can range anywhere from a few thousand dollars and probation for a misdemeanor, to $25,000 and 15 years in prison for a felony conviction.

In addition to dealing with costly fines, loss of your license, and jail or prison time, a drug conviction can have an impact on all areas of your life. A criminal record can affect your ability to get a job, rent a home, obtain loans, and could result in loss of custodial rights if you have children.

Drug Crime Defense Lawyers Perna & Abracht

How Our Drug Crime Lawyers Can Help

Our drug defense lawyers ensure your rights are protected, fight for no or low bail, investigate the charges against you, gather evidence, and develop defense strategies to get charges dismissed or reduced. We can also assist you with negotiating a plea if that is your preference. We provide the legal counsel you can trust and give you all the information you need to make informed decisions.

Here is some more good information on what to do If you are facing prescription drug charges in Pennsylvania.


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If you or a loved one is facing drug crime charges in Southeastern Pennsylvania, contact us online or call 610-444-0933 to schedule a free consultation with our experienced Chester County criminal defense attorneys today.

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