Being arrested for a drug crime can be devastating and frustrating. You likely have more questions than answers. Here are some brief answers to some of the questions I'm often asked. For more information, contact me immediately for a free consultation.
Q: Will I lose my job? Will this stop me from getting a job? Will this keep me from getting into school? Or the military?
A: An arrest for a drug crime can cause many problems. Not only can a conviction result in fines, probation and/or incarceration, but having a conviction for a drug crime on your criminal record may affect your current employment and your future employability. Luckily, depending on your criminal record, you may be a candidate for programs like ARD (Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition) or PWV (Probation Without Verdict), two programs which may help you protect your record and preserve your employability. However, eligibility does not guarantee acceptance into either program as part of a plea agreement. The best plea agreements are the result of tireless out-of-court negotiation as well as diligent and skilled preparation of your case. Take these programs for granted at your own risk.
Q: What about suppression of evidence? Can my charges be thrown out?
A: The answer to this question obviously depends on the specific facts of your case. When evaluating a drug case, the first thing I look for are Constitutional problems with the police work. Protecting the Constitutional Rights of Pennsylvanians is the most rewarding part of my job. A free evaluation of the Constitutionality of your arrest is a public service I offer to all Pennsylvanians. It's only a phone call away!
Possession, Paraphernalia, Possession with Intent to Deliver (PWID), etc.
Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroine, Ecstasy, Prescription Pills, etc.