The criminal defense lawyers of Williamson, Friedberg & Jones represent clients facing a wide range of drug crimes, including the manufacture, possession, cultivation, trafficking, distribution and/or sale of controlled substances, including prescription drugs. Local law enforcement agencies, local drug task forces, the Pennsylvania State Police and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) handle the investigation of most of these charges. Regardless of the circumstances or events leading up to your criminal accusations, it is extremely important to hire a Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney to be by your side at every step throughout the legal process.
Some of the most common drug related offenses people face include:
- Possession of a controlled substance (cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, heroin
- Illegal possession of a prescription drug (oxycodone, lorcet, codine, and other drugs)
- Possession of marijuana
- Sale of a controlled substance
- Prescription fraud
- Driving under the influence of a controlled substance
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
There are numerous ways of defending drug cases. All law enforcement officers have to follow specific rules regarding searches and seizures. If drugs have been obtained through improper means, or if there is not enough evidence to establish “knowing” possession, a person may be able to present a valid defense to the drug charges. Additionally, your lawyer may investigate if the police have property handled any controlled substances or drugs in their possession and if the laboratory has properly analyzed the controlled substance.
It is also important to know that many drug-related charges result in sentencing enhancements, if the charge was alleged by the police to have been committed within one thousand feet of an elementary or secondary school. Due to the school zone enhancement laws, the charges committed within this area surrounding a school can face much longer jail terms if convicted.
A Schuylkill County criminal defense attorney will help you determine the best defense for your case. Also, in some instances, where drugs are the issue, programs are available that might allow an individual opportunities to avoid a conviction if he or she seeks help for addiction.
The Schuylkill County criminal defense lawyers of Williamson, Friedberg & Jones, LLC, represent those accused of committing drug crimes including defending cases at trial, or negotiating plea agreements when appropriate.
To learn more about our services, please contact us or call 1-888-4-WFJ-LAW for an appointment. We have offices conveniently located in Pottsville, Shenandoah, Pine Grove, Orwigsburg and Hegins.