Pennsylvania takes drug offenses seriously. If you have been arrested and charged, it is critical to work with a lawyer experienced with drug offenses who can prepare a serious defense. At my Glenside, Pennsylvania, law firm, I — Michael F. Dunn, Attorney at Law — will use my experience as a lawyer since 1980 to help you achieve the best possible results.
Providing A Strong Defense Without Judgment
I represent people in Montgomery County accused of drug offenses related to a wide range of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, crack, methamphetamine, heroin or prescription narcotics. Working closely with my clients every step of the way, I can help develop a strong defense strategy designed to achieve positive resolution — regardless of your current situation:
- Drug possession: I represent people charged with possession of all different types of drugs, from marijuana to pharmaceuticals without a prescription.
- Drug sales: If you have been charged with a crime related to the sale of drugs, you face harsh consequences. Working with an experienced drug defense attorney is important.
- Intent to deliver drugs: People often do not realize that they can be charged with intent to deliver drugs in situations where they give drugs to another instead of selling them— like passing a joint at a concert — as well as where an actual sale has occurred.
- Search and seizure: Drug offense cases often rely heavily on evidence of the quantity of drugs involved. For this reason, your lawyer’s knowledge of criminal procedure becomes critical. Successfully challenging an illegal search and seizure can mean the difference between a long jail sentence and your freedom.
- Drug offense penalties: Will I go to jail? This is one of the most common questions I hear from people facing drug charges. The truth is that it can be hard to predict the outcome of your case. Sentences often depend on your prior criminal record, the charges, the amount of drugs allegedly involved and the circumstances of your arrest. If you want to stay out of jail, you need the help of an attorney experienced in defending drug charges.
Fighting For The Best Possible Outcome
With certain drug crime charges in Pennsylvania, it is possible to take advantage of Section 17 of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act. In certain circumstances, Section 17 allows individuals charged with their first, nonviolent drug possession offense to receive a sentence of probation and to have their charge dismissed after successful completion of probation.
If you qualify, I will work to obtain this opportunity — known as Section 17 probation or Probation Without Verdict (PWV) — for you. I will explore the possibility of Section 17, as well as Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) when the facts of your case make either option available to you.
Contact My Glenside Law Firm For Drug Arrest Defense
If you have been accused of a crime in Montgomery County, taking fast action is the best way to protect your rights and your freedom. Contact me — Glenside, Pennsylvania, drug crime lawyer Michael F. Dunn — by calling 215-572-0955 or by completing my online contact form. Initial consultations are free and confidential.
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.
Have you been charged with possession of illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine or methamphetamine's? If so, I can help. Since 1980, I have stood up for the rights of people charged with drug offenses in Montgomery County, Bucks County, Philadelphia, Delaware County, Chester County and throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. I am ready to use my experience to defend you.
Charges involving the sale of illegal drugs and possession with intent to deliver carry mandatory jail sentences in Pennsylvania. These are serious matters, and many people are surprised to learn that delivering a controlled substance does not only involve sales; any type of transfer of drugs to another person can result in this charge.
A charge accusing you of distributing or manufacturing a controlled substance in Pennsylvania, also called trafficking, can result in harsh consequences. As in most states, Pennsylvania has a schedule of controlled substances, and the penalty of a drug sales charge is determined by where the drug in question falls within the schedule of controlled substances. The particular charges and potential penalties are incredibly fact-specific.
The legal requirements of search and seizure are some of the most important aspects of any drug charge case. As your criminal defense lawyer, I will thoroughly and carefully investigate the steps that were taken to determine whether or not your constitutional rights were violated at any point in the legal process.