Pittsburgh Drug Crimes Attorneys
Find out more information about drug charges in Pennsylvania and what consequences you may face.
If you or a family member have been accused of a drug crime, you are probably worried and upset. Drug crimes make up a large part of the criminal cases on Pittsburgh-area court dockets. Often the people who are charged are fighting addictions, but they are still punished harshly and, unless they can qualify for a diversion program, are not treated for their dependency.
Drug crimes can draw both federal and Pennsylvania charges. You can draw consequences that range from fines to losing your driver’s license to having to spend months, or even years, in jail.
Working with an experienced defense attorney can make all the difference if you are charged.
An Attorney Can Make All the Difference
If you’ve been charged with a drug crime or you’re being investigated for one, it’s time to seriously consider finding an attorney. Drug charges vary widely in penalties, but they are serious charges no matter the conviction penalties. Attorneys with Worgul Law Firm have been working in the Pittsburgh and Allegheny County region for over a decade, handling drug charges from minor personal possession of marijuana charges up through felony cultivation and possession with intent to deliver charges.
You’ll need a defense lawyer with a clear understanding of the drug laws – local, state, and federal – in order to evaluate the evidence against you and experience negotiating with the prosecutors in this area with favorable outcomes like plea agreements and dismissals. Pennsylvania is a tough state on drug crime because of its minimum sentencing guidelines for certain types of crimes (including drug crimes) and gravity scoring. If you have even one prior criminal offense on your record, that could factor into a judge’s decision to increase your penalties if you’re convicted – all the more reason to avoid it in the first place.
Strong Defense for Drug Crimes
Building a defense for a drug crime depends a lot on the circumstances. Say you were pulled over for speeding, but when you rolled down your window there was a bag of something white poking out of your pocket. The officer noticed and had probable cause to search your vehicle and arrest you on the spot. Or say you were pulled over for speeding and there wasn’t a reason to search your vehicle – but the officer did anyway. The little things matter when it comes down to whether or not certain pieces of evidence can stand up in court. We’ll ask every question possible to understand your case from its fullest perspective, and use that to shape your defense.
A defense lawyer should be with you at your hearings and trials, but more importantly, when you have questions and when you’re worried about your future. It’s critical to act as a team, and clear and consistent communication will help your fight.
Scope of Drug Crimes
In Pittsburgh, drug crimes include everything from possessing a week’s worth of steroids to leading an operation that smuggles OxyContin from Mexico to the Pittsburgh suburbs.
- Possession of Cocaine — What to expect if you are charged with possessing cocaine.
- Possession of Heroin — What happens when you are charged with possessing heroin.
- MDMA, Methamphetamine and PCP — What to expect if you are charged with possessing drugs that include Molly and Ecstasy.
- Schedule I and II Drugs — A guide to the most dangerous controlled substances.
- Schedule III and IV Drugs — An overview of controlled substances with lesser danger.
- Schedule V Drugs — Information on the least dangerous controlled substance.
- Drug Conspiracy — What happens when you take part in a drug crime along with friends and/or family.
- Possession Or Sale Of Legal Precursor Chemicals — The seriousness of a legal precursor chemical charge.
- Smuggling And Importation Of Drugs — What happens when you are arrested for drug smuggling.
- Possession With Intent To Deliver (PWID) or Drug Trafficking — What to expect if you are charged with delivering or selling drugs.
- Criminal Use of a Communication Facility — How every text or call you make in a drug deal becomes a separate charge against you.
- Delivery of a Controlled Substance — The penalties for giving your friends drugs.
- Misbranding a Controlled Substance — The penalties for misrepresenting a drug.
- Acquiring a Controlled Substance by Fraud — The consequences of using a forged drug prescription.
- Possession of Steroids — What to expect if you are charged with steroid sales or possession.
- Drug Diversion Program — Allegheny County’s drug diversion program as an alternative to jail.