Why You Need an Attorney to Fight Drug Charges
Updated: Nov 24, 2020
Drug charges are a rather nebulous area of the law. They vary widely from state to state and sometimes come into conflict with federal law. This can make it difficult to understand exactly what a drug charge against you might mean, and how it could be used against you. A knowledgeable and caring defense attorney will protect you from such situations.
Interpreting the Laws
Aside from other state laws and federal laws, the consequences of a drug charge can vary widely within the laws of Pennsylvania depending on the circumstances. For example, a felony drug possession can result in up to $250,000 fines and 25 years in jail. It’s possible to receive an additional charge for possession of drug paraphernalia with a fine of up to $2,500 and one year in jail. Further, the laws are always changing. You will want to have a drug possession defense attorney in Southampton who is up-to-date on Pennsylvania statutes available to help negotiate any sentence you face.
Prevention of Illegal Evidence
An attorney will know what can and can’t be used in court and will be able to prevent the prosecution from trying to use certain items or information against you. This could include proving that the quantity of the drug in question is too small of an amount to be considered illegal, or by proving that police used unlawful search and seizure methods.
Challenge Weak Evidence
Without a good drug attorney at your side, it can be difficult to prove claims of ignorance or lack of understanding. This can include claims that the drug or paraphernalia don’t belong to you, you didn’t know you were using over the legal amount, or that you didn’t know you had illegal substances. Your attorney will be able to challenge weak evidence related to your drugs and defend you if the prosecution tries to refute your claims.
An Attorney Who Cares
You shouldn’t have your life ruined because of a mistake you made, or a mistake made by the authorities. Schatz and Stancu LLP are always available to take on drug cases in Warminster and beyond. If you or someone you know are facing a drug charge contact our office right away. We aren’t here to judge you or your actions, but we will make sure that any judgment given in a court of law is fair. Visit our website to learn more about the services we offer our communities.