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FBI reports indicate that nationwide, drug and drug-related offenses account for approximately one-third of all arrests. Additionally, drug use and abuse results in related crimes such as DUI, Retail Theft (shoplifting), property crimes and assault offenses. As a result, judges and prosecutors in Pennsylvania take drug charges seriously and convictions can result in lengthy jail sentences. If you are facing drug charges in Montgomery County, PA you need the help of our Norristown drug crime defense lawyers.
For anyone charged with a drug offense, it is important to retain a criminal defense attorney experienced in prosecuting and defending against drug charges. As a prosecutor in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and as a defense attorney, I have extensive experience in handling drug cases throughout all over Montgomery County including Abington, Cheltenham, Haverford, Plymouth Meeting, King of Prussia, Pottstown and Lower Merion.
Please feel free to contact me, Blue Bell Criminal Defense Lawyer V. Erik Petersen to discuss your case.
To properly defend people charged with a drug crime, it is important to have skill and experience litigating drug cases. Police and narcotics detectives do not simply stumble across drug-crime evidence. Such evidence is obtained by using confidential informants, surveillance and executing searches. There are specific rules and procedures that police must follow in using these techniques and a drug crime defense lawyer must understand the laws and be prepared to aggressively litigate on behalf of the client.
It is also equally important, however, that an attorney understands the alternative options available for persons charged with a drug offense in Pennsylvania. While it is sometimes necessary to fight drug charges, there are also cases where the better strategy is to negotiate the best possible result. In Pennsylvania, that can mean applying for admission into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD Program) or seeking Section 17 Probation.
While a plea bargain or alternative-sentence resolution is sometimes the best option, it is vital that you choose an attorney who is not hesitant to take a matter to trial. Prosecutors can sense when an attorney is afraid of trial and will be less inclined to offer the best possible deal.
As both a prosecutor and defense counsel, I have a great deal of experience in trying criminal cases. I have a thorough understanding of criminal defense practice and effective representation and am proud of my ability to “come up big” in big cases. I take every case seriously and work hard to give my clients outstanding representation.
Federal prosecutors and district attorneys put a great deal of effort and resources into the prosecution of drug offenses. A defense attorney cannot be surprised or intimidated by the resources involved in drug prosecutions. Rather, an attorney must be prepared to devote the necessary resources to ensure a zealous and successful defense.
As a former Assistant District Attorney in the Montgomery County, PA District Attorney’s Office and now a Montgomery County defense lawyer for those charged with state and federal crimes, I have handled many serious crimes including drug offenses. I have professional relationships with experts in many fields including private investigators, toxicologists, forensic psychologists, polygraphists (lie detector practitioners) and forensic computer experts.
I frequently use such experts to help me evaluate and defend Pennsylvania drug charges. Given my experience and my relationships with such experts, I have the knowledge and experience to obtain the best possible result for any client charged with a drug offense.
Local, state and federal law enforcement continue to be vigilant in America’s war against drugs. It is true that some jurisdictions, such as California, Colorado and New Jersey, have become more liberal with respect to marijuana laws. The reality, however, is that more drug-related cases are brought before the courts then ever before and prosecutors continue to push for maximum penalties.
For those charged with drug possession or any other drug-related crimes, it is important to work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
I am Norristown Drug Crime Defense Attorney V. Erik Petersen, a criminal defense attorney in Montgomery County, PA with significant experience handling drug-related cases. As a former prosecutor, I know how the judicial system works from both sides. This knowledge allows me to build an effective defense on behalf of my clients. Please click here to contact my law firm in Harleysville, Pennsylvania, to schedule a consultation.
As a Blue Bell criminal defense attorney with more 20 years of experience practicing law, I understand the implications a drug conviction will have on the lives of my clients. I have seen how a bad decision made by a juvenile, college or university student — or adult — can lead to prison time, a permanent criminal record and limited job opportunities.
In my criminal defense practice, it is my goal to protect the rights, the freedom and the future opportunities of my clients. I offer aggressive defense services for those charged with state and federal drug offenses, including:
I handle misdemeanor and felony drug cases involving all types and quantities of illegal drugs (including marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine) and prescription medications (including Xanax, Valium, Ambien, Lunesta, Vicodin, Norco, Oxy and Adderall).
If you have been accused of a felony drug charge or any other misdemeanor drug charge, it is important to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your rights. I have handled many drug cases — from major drug felony cases to misdemeanor possession cases — both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney. I understand the issues that often arise in felony drug cases. I strive to provide my clients with the highest-quality representation and fight to protect their constitutional rights.
A person who has been arrested on drug charges, including felony or misdemeanor drug arrests, should act quickly to hire a criminal defense lawyer who can protect their rights and represent their interests. Feel free to call me, Plymouth Meeting Criminal Defense Lawyer Erik Petersen.
Drug cases are prosecuted in both state and federal courts. I have extensive experience handling drug cases in both state and federal jurisdictions.
State court drug cases range from significant drug felonies to relatively minor drug possession cases. State court drug sentences are typically (but not always) less serious than in federal cases, although state court mandatory minimum sentences can be harsh.
The stakes in federal drug cases are usually very high. The sentencing guideline ranges for major felony drug cases can be severe. It is important to retain a lawyer with extensive experience representing defendants in all kinds of drug cases.
I handle cases involving marijuana, cocaine, crack, methamphetamine, crystal meth, OxyContin, heroin, ecstasy and other drugs. The specific charges that can be alleged include:
Achieving the best possible result in a drug case — or winning a drug case outright — is almost always a difficult process. Every case requires intense preparation and a unique legal strategy based on the facts and the law. Strategies for contesting a drug case can include:
The consequences of a drug offense conviction can vary from probation to decades in prison. Regardless of the severity of the offense, it is important to have a lawyer on your side who is experienced with drug cases and is ready and able to present an aggressive defense. Feel free to contact me, Collegeville Pennsylvania Criminal Lawyer V. Erik Petersen.
People who successfully complete the Section 17 Program or the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD Program) in Pennsylvania may petition the court to have their criminal record expunged. Such criminal records should be expunged so that employee background checks do not uncover records of the arrest or disposition.
To expunge your record, you must obtain a court order providing that all criminal agencies having any record connected with the charge or Section 17/ARD disposition be expunged and destroyed and that all information on any databases be deleted. This order should also direct all recipients to produce an affidavit assuring that all such information has been destroyed and/or deleted.
It is important to retain an attorney who will be thorough in ensuring that these state and federal agencies follow through with their court-ordered directives and destroy these records.
Narcotics crimes no longer solely involve street or recreational drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin or methamphetamines. Narcotics and medications typically used for medicinal purposes are now as common in drug crimes as marijuana or cocaine. Many of these medications are easily obtained in the home.
With increased computer technologies, and the increased use of the internet by all citizens, crimes involving forging prescriptions or possession of forged prescriptions are increasingly common. If you are not a doctor, being in possession of a forged prescription or prescription pad is a crime that can have serious legal penalties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Forging a medical prescription, or being in possession of a forged prescription, is a crime in the Pennsylvania. By definition, this crime involves using a false prescription to obtain prescription or controlled drugs.
People with drug problems can find themselves in a situation where a sense of severe addiction and desperation results in attempting to obtain prescription drugs by fraud. The problem is that this is a crime that has very serious ramifications. Indeed, lobbyists for pharmaceutical companies have succeeded in convincing the Pennsylvania legislature to dramatically increase the sentencing guidelines for such crimes.
The types of controlled substances typically involved in forged prescription charges include:
If you are caught with a forged prescription you can be charged with a felony. If convicted you will face possible jail time. It is important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to aggressively defend your rights and options.
I defend those accused of criminal charges, drug crimes, DUI, property crimes, violent crimes and sex offenses throughouth Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. This includes Abington, Ambler, Blue Bell, Collegeville, Conshohocken, Haverford, Jenkintown, Cheltenham Township, Pottstown, Upper Merion Township, Upper Dublin Township, Lower Providence Township, Upper Moreland Township and Horsham Township.
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