If you are charged and convicted of a drug crime, the penalties for a conviction are not only severe, but it can change the course of your life. A first conviction for possession of a small amount of marijuana can result in a jail sentence of 30 days plus a mandatory 6 months license suspension. Being convicted of a drug crime can result in heavy fines, substantial jail time, and a permanent mark on your criminal record. This permanent record can make future employment, housing, and educational opportunities much more difficult for you. If you are charged with a felony drug offense, the penalties can be even more severe and you may lose certain freedoms such as the right to bear arms.
State and federal prosecutors are determined to punish those convicted of drug crimes to the maximum extent allowable by the law. At our firm, Ilkhanoff & Silverstein, we have more than 40 years of experience in the successful practice of the law, including the successful resolution of drug crimes and serious felonies. Considering the consequences of conviction, it becomes vital to have a proven and effective Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney leading the charge on your defense. Contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today.
Resolving Drug-Related Offenses
Due to our wide range of legal experience, we are able to bring about favorable results for our clients on a variety of drug-related offenses including:
- Possession of any sort of drug from marijuana to heroin, ecstasy, illegal prescription drugs, and many others
- Cultivation and manufacturing of drugs
- Trafficking of drugs which includes possession of a drug with the intent to deliver it
- Transportation or delivery of drugs including various controlled substances
Powerful Defense Against Drug Possession Charges
There are various levels of charges for the crime of drug possession, but in fact, all are serious, whether misdemeanor or felony. The impact on your opportunities can be very negative even if you have a misdemeanor conviction for marijuana possession. When a prospective employer does a background search and finds a drug crime conviction, it is bound to influence a decision. Drug users are considered to be a danger and most employers are not interested in hiring those who are in any way involved. At Ilkhanoff & Silverstein, we take on drug possession cases with the full intention of seeking out any possible flaw or error in the case against our client, and relentlessly exploiting these flaws, both in and out of court. If your rights were violated when searched, you can be confident that this will be brought to the attention of the court when we file a motion to have the evidence against you suppressed. Our Pennsylvania drug possession lawyer is in your corner, and we are prepared to fight at every step of the criminal justice process. Contact our firm today for answers to your questions.
For marijuana, less than 30 grams in possession is a misdemeanor, while over 30 grams, no matter how much, can lead to up to 1 year in jail. If you have a prior marijuana possession charge, you could face 3 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. For over 1,000 lbs of marijuana, the penalties are up to 10 years in prison and fines as high as $100,000 or more, depending upon the street value of the drugs.
For cocaine, a first offense could be filed as a misdemeanor, with fines up to $5,000. A second offense can mean a potential for 3 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. For trafficking the penalties are increased to up to 15 years and fines that could range as high as $250,000 or more, based upon the street value of the drugs involved. In cases of selling cocaine to a minor, the penalties are doubled. It is clear that no matter what drug is involved, you need to take action for your defense. Your future freedom is at risk. Don’t take any chances when retaining an attorney – make sure you have a seasoned professional on your side.
Contact a Drug Charges Attorney
Ilkhanoff & Silverstein offers you extensive courtroom and trial experience that has given us the hard-won knowledge needed to provide high quality, effective legal representation. The prosecutors who will try your case are highly motivated to win and obtain the maximum sentence. We want you to have a lawyer who is willing to do the necessary work to obtain the best possible outcome in your case. If you face drug charges, it is vital to contact a Pennsylvania drug crime defense lawyer who is reliable and proven to work on your defense.