Attorneys You Can Trust When Facing Drug Charges in Western Pennsylvania
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Drug crime convictions are notorious for being extremely harsh, and people caught with even a small amount of marijuana can face large fines, jail time, loss of license and probation. If the alleged crime is more serious, such as manufacturing or distribution, you could be facing years in prison. In these situations, the experienced criminal defense lawyers at Bowers Fawcett & Hurst, LLC in Ambridge, Pennsylvania can help. We provide you with options as you address the charges against you. If there is any way we can help you avoid prison or other serious penalties, we pursue it diligently on your behalf.
Common drug crimes in the Pittsburgh area
Drug crimes vary significantly in terms of type and severity, so depending on the crime of which you’re accused, you could face either a misdemeanor or a felony. The most common drug crimes involve marijuana, heroin and crack cocaine, but there has also been an increase in the number of young adults inhaling nitrous from aerosol cans, called huffing.
Common types of drug charges in Pennsylvania include:
- Possession. Simply having an illegal drug in your possession is a crime.
- Possession with intent to deliver. This typically deals with larger amounts of a drug than a simple possession charge. The amount in possession may indicate that the suspect is selling the drug to others.
- Manufacturing. A common example is growing marijuana. Manufacturing is often done on a large scale, making it a major felony crime.
- Delivery. This refers to any distribution of a controlled substance by a person who is not licensed to do so.
How can an attorney protect defendants in drug crime cases?
Your defense attorney will analyze the facts in your case to determine if your constitutional rights have been violated by an illegal search or seizure. With limited exceptions, Police and drug enforcement agents can only search your property if they have a valid warrant or your written or verbal consent. Without permission or a warrant, any evidence they obtain may be excluded from use in court. Because of this, it’s extremely important that you never consent to a search of your property until you speak with a lawyer.
We can also analyze and advise you with regard to the validity of a search warrant. Again, if improperly issued, evidence obtained through the warrant may not be admissible at trial.
Call on a Beaver County criminal defense attorney today
Have you been accused of a drug-related crime in western Pennsylvania? Work with a dedicated criminal defense law firm by calling Bowers Fawcett & Hurst, LLC at 724-266-0290 or by contacting us online. We offer free initial consultations to people accused of crimes throughout Beaver County and the surrounding areas. Our office is located in Ambridge, about 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh.