Luckily, a drug trafficking charge doesn’t have to be the end of the word, as our experienced criminal defense attorneys understand that drug trafficking charges can often be overstated and/or can be false or unfair accusations. Our attorneys have years of experience working in the legal system and can use their relationships, courtroom skills and knowledge to assist you in defusing or dismissing drug trafficking charges.
Understanding Drug Trafficking Charges in Pennsylvania
Drug trafficking is defined as the manufacturing, importing/exporting, distributing and/or dispensing of any controlled substance (And in some cases, counterfeit substances) in the US. Examples of controlled substances in the US include meth, heroin and cocaine. Pennsylvania can handle these charges differently compared to other state and federal courts though, as they lack a clear distinction between actual trafficking and possession with intent. This is because prosecutors who are unable to prove the delivering and/or sale of a drug will often try to prove that the alleged offender simply had the intent to distribute substances in their possession, when that may not be true. Although possession with the intent to distribute sounds like a lesser crime, courts in Pennsylvania will attempt to enforce similar penalties to that of drug trafficking.
The Consequences of an Alleged Drug Trafficking Charge
Drug trafficking and drug crimes in general carry some of the most diverse and harsh punishments in Pennsylvania. Luckily, state charges in Pennsylvania don’t follow mandatory minimums, but courts can still enforce strict and unfair punishments. There’s also the fact that this charge is typically a felony; This means that individuals who manage to get probation over prison will still face immense difficulties in academic and professional fields for the rest of their life. Factors that can change the punishment of a drug trafficking charge include past criminal history, the schedule of the substance that was allegedly involved in the trafficking, the amount of the substance and the type of the drug. If an individual is convicted of drug trafficking charges, they can face a sentence of up to 20 years in a state or federal prison.
How Our Pennsylvania-Based Lawyers Can Defuse and Dismiss Drug Trafficking Charges
One of our experienced criminal defense attorneys can help you explore a number of options to dispute or flat-out dismiss heavy drug trafficking charges. One effective strategy that can be used is claiming and proving that the substance involved in the charge didn’t belong to you in the first place. Some examples of this include claiming you were framed by a peer or law enforcement and/or claiming that you were in the wrong area at the wrong time and that you didn’t intend to distribute/traffic the substances in the first place. This strategy can dismiss charges or drop them to a smaller possession charge that will carry significantly less penalties.
Overall, our attorneys understand that drug trafficking charges can be absolutely terrifying for an individual and their family. We can help you understand the legal process and provide professional guidance through each step of an often lengthy and confusing process; Some examples of things we can do are devising a strategy and/or defense in the case, helping you consider when a plea bargain is “worth it” and standing up for you when a law enforcement officer violates your rights in any way. We are here for you in and out of the courtroom to passionately defend your rights and ensure the best possible outcome, so contact us today to schedule a free consultation.