Criminal Defense – Drug Charges
Have you been charged by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the Federal government in connection with a criminal drug offense? Do you believe you are under investigation by the police or have you been ask to either give a statement or to cooperate with the police or any state or federal authorities? If you answered yes to anyone of the previous questions you need to take immediate action and contact AAAL – Allegheny Attorneys At Law, P.C. @ 412.963.8495. Your career, livelihood, and most importantly your life may be at stake. Remember, anything you say or do can be used against you in a court of law.
Drug charges carry significant penalties including lengthy jail sentences (from probation up to life imprisonment), forfeiture of your property, driver license suspensions, lengthy probation, child custody problems, and significant fines (ranging from hundreds of dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars)! To protect yourself you need to talk with a proven criminal defense attorney about your case. Only after discussing your case with a criminal defense attorney will you be able to make an educated decision as to what should be your next step in the legal process.
List of Criminal Drug Charges
Have you been charged with one of the following drug charges either by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or by the Federal Government? If so contact AAAL – Allegheny Attorneys At Law, P.C. @ 412.963.8495 for additional information and assistance. Be aware that when charged by any state or federal authority, the penalty of each criminal charge is based upon several factors, which in turn can substantially either increase or decrease the penalty associated with each criminal drug charge.
■ Simple Possession
■ Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
■ Possession with Intent to Deliver
■ Drug Delivery or Sales Charges
■ Manufacture of a Controlled Substance
■ Possession of a Controlled Substance
■ Cultivation of drugs
Expungement of Drug Charges – Probation Without Verdict
The law offices of AAAL – Allegheny Attorneys At Law, P.C. may even be able to have your criminal drug charges expunged from Criminal record in the event you are a first time drug offender and meet other criteria.
First time drug offenders within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania may be eligible for a program known as Probation Without Verdict. This program allows for first time non-violent drug offenders to seek drug counseling and therapy along with having their criminal drug charge(s) expunged from their criminal record. In order to determine if you qualify for the plea of Probation Without Verdict you need to speak with an attorney from AAAL – Allegheny Attorneys At Law, P.C. who will discuss the criteria to this program and if you qualify.
Federal Criminal Charges vs. State Criminal Charges
The difference between Federal and State criminal charges depends on whether the charges are initiated either by Federal or State authorities. In most drug related cases the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (state) will proceed against you within the Court of Common Pleas in the county in which you were initially arrested or charged. The United States Government can attempt to prosecute you in Federal Court if you are alleged to have violated any federal law(s).
The attorneys of AAAL – Allegheny Attorneys At Law, P.C. focus their practice on defending your personal liberties against over zealous police and prosecutors. We will fight for your rights throughout the entire legal process and take the time to review your case with you personally. After reviewing your case, our attorneys will discuss with you any legitimate defense(s) you might have and discuss what options are available. In the event you desire to avoid a Jury or Non-Jury Trial our attorneys have been successful at negotiating reductions to criminal charges, as well as the possible withdrawal of charges, or waiver of minimum sentencing requirements. Our office looks forward to discussing your legal matters with you at your earliest convenience.