When under investigation by the police for felony sale or manufacture of a controlled substance or misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, you should retain the services of competent counsel immediately. It is imperative that you make no statements until represented.
Any police officer telling you that it will go “easy for you” if you cooperate with them watches too many television shows. The only party who may make a deal regarding your charges or sentencing is the District Attorney of the local county where you have been arrested and/or charged. Police officers cannot make any deals for you unless approved by the District Attorney’s Office. Any statements you make will be used against you and shall make your situation worse.
Any time you have been charged with a drug offense, you can be sure of two things. These charges are very serious. And, they can alter the course of your life completely. The prosecutors and the police aggressively pursue and prosecute these crimes. It is so important for you to understand that you will be over charged with numerous counts of the same or similar offenses even from a single form of conduct.
Simply handing a single narcotic like a marijuana joint can result in many charges including felony delivery. In any drug offense, there are numerous offenses. Some of the charges for which you could be charged are the following:
- Sale and manufacture of a controlled substance when not licensed to do so (marijuana, cocaine, heroin, crack, methamphetamine, oxycodone, ecstasy, vicodine, percocets, xanax, valium)
- Possession of a controlled substance (marijuana, cocaine, heroin, crack, methamphetamine, oxycodone, ecstasy, vicodine, percocets, xanax, valium)
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Falsification of a prescription
“I was falsely accused of bringing drugs into a prison. They told me that they were felonies and I would go to prison for two years if I was found guilty. Mr. Steve fought these charges for me and the court dismissed them.” – Robert W.
Mandatory sentencing in the state of Pennsylvania has been a crutch the District Attorney’s Office has relied upon for well over a decade. Any prior drug offenses and convictions also will make your sentencing more difficult for you. It is absolutely imperative that you fight any type of drug related arrest for these and other reasons.
A charge for any drug offense will be a minimum of six months license suspension but this also increases with the number of offenses. You can lose your license. You could suffer a license suspension which increases with a second and third offense.
There are numerous programs for first time offenders which allow for problems with drug addiction, Veterans Court, Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition, and boot camp. These are usually for first time offenders and are included for felony offenses. However, you must have competent counsel to ensure that you consider these various options. They are not always for everyone who has contact with the police, but it is a consideration you must be willing to make.
If your matter cannot be resolved by a pre-trial disposition and you are forced to go to trial, there are still numerous things which can be done on your behalf. These include filings of discovery and suppression motions, questioning the probable cause for the investigation and your arrest.
You should realize that high level drug dealers are not the only persons prosecuted. This rarely occurs in the local system. Typically, the person doing a favor for a friend or just selling drugs to assist their own addiction are the ones that get arrested and prosecuted most frequently.
Please contact the Law Offices of Steven F. O’Meara at 610-565-9200 or email us now for your free phone consultation regarding these serious charges.