People who have been charged with drug offenses, like narcotics possession, are often worried about the effects a conviction may have on their families and their futures. The truth is that the penalties for drug offense convictions differ by facts including the specific type and amount of controlled substance involved.
Talking about your particular situation with a criminal defense attorney experienced in handling drug cases is the only way to obtain information that is both reliable and applicable in your unique case.
Negotiating Drug Offense Penalties With Prosecutors
Prosecutors generally have a great amount of discretion when it comes to handling drug offenses. Depending on the circumstances and if the prosecutor requests it in your case, you may face mandatory minimum jail time. A skillful lawyer can give the prosecutor reasons — like the facts of your case, your lack of a prior criminal record, your upstanding role in the community and your family situation — to treat your case leniently. My extensive experience dealing with prosecutors in Montgomery County is an incredibly valuable asset to my clients.
When I handle your criminal defense, I negotiate with prosecutors to help them view your case in the best possible light. I begin by examining all the applicable facts and laws. How did the police conduct their search and seizure? Have you sought treatment for drug addiction? Using all the relevant facts, I advocate for you to have charges dismissed or reduced to lesser offenses. If necessary, I seek acquittal at trial to help my clients avoid drug offense penalties.
I Explore All The Options Available In Your Case
My goal is to help prevent a drug crime from having a long-term adverse effect on your life. Although drug offenses are treated very seriously in Pennsylvania, I understand from my decades of experience that there are a variety of reasons people end up facing a drug charge. Because I understand that being charged with a drug crime does not make you a bad person, I will treat you with respect and compassion throughout the process.
In certain cases, Section 17 probation may be available to you. This is an option for some individuals facing their first, nonviolent drug possession charge that allows for dismissal of the charge after successful completion of probation. I will help you obtain the best possible resolution based on your unique situation.
The Option Of Drug Addiction Treatment: Many drug offenses are committed by people who struggle with addiction. In these cases, it may be possible to work out an agreement that allows for time in treatment instead of jail. Through my many contacts in the field, I am able to refer you to numerous drug addiction programs, so you can get the help you need.
If you have been accused of a crime involving the sale or possession of narcotics, taking fast action is the best way to protect your rights and your freedom. Contact me — Michael F. Dunn — by calling 215-572-0955 or by completing my online contact form. Initial consultations are free and confidential.