Harrisburg Drug Crime Lawyers
Protecting Your Rights After Drug Crime Charges
A criminal conviction for drug possession, drug trafficking, or manufacturing
of methamphetamines can follow you for the rest of your life — separating
you from loved ones for years, branding you with a criminal record, and
ruining your personal and professional reputations.
At the Law Offices of Patrick F. Lauer, we can help you fight back against prosecutors and the serious charges
you are facing. Our Harrisburg drug crime attorneys have over 50 years
of combined experience and a proven track record of success. You can trust
our team to defend your rights and freedom.
Arrested for a drug crime? Don't face your charges alone.
Contact us today at
(717) 775-6110 for a free initial consultation.
Handling a Range of Drug Crime Cases in Pennsylvania
The Harrisburg drug crime lawyer at Law Offices of Patrick F. Lauer stands
ready to defend you against all types of drug crime charges, including:
- Drug possession
- Drug cultivation
- Drug trafficking
- Drug importation
- Drug manufacture
- Possession and distribution of illegally obtained prescription drugs, such
- Sale and delivery of party drugs, such as Ecstasy
- Criminal issues concerning medical marijuana
What Are the Drug Classifications in Pennsylvania?
Under federal and Pennsylvania state law, controlled substances are divided
into 5 different categories, called schedules. The division is based on
each drug’s potential for abuse and whether it has been approved
for medical usage. Controlled substances with a greater potential for
abuse and little to no medical value are placed under a higher schedule,
such as Schedule I or II. The higher the schedule, the more severe penalties
the defendant will face if convicted.
Examples of drugs that fall under each schedule include:
Schedule I: LSD, MDMA (ecstasy), heroin, and marijuana
Schedule II: Cocaine, oxycodone, and methamphetamines (crystal meth)
Schedule III: Vicodin, anabolic steroids, ketamine, and some barbiturates
Schedule IV: Xanax, Klonopin, valium, and Soma
Schedule V: Cough suppressants that contain specific amounts of codeine and other
Is Selling Drugs a Felony in Pennsylvania?
Selling drugs is typically a felony even if it is your first time. The
factors determining the severity of the charge are the type of drug, the
amount found in possession, and the classification the state puts them
in. Drug trafficking can carry prison sentences of seven to twenty years
in prison. In certain situations, a prosecutor may agree to a plea bargain
for a lesser charge in exchange for the defendant pleading guilty or for
information for a higher priority investigation. There are certain common
defenses to drug trafficking charges such as:
- Lack of intent to distribute or deliver the drugs to another person
- Lack of knowledge
- Unlawful search and seizure