Drug charges and drug crimes can have a lasting effect on your life, regardless of whether the charge is a misdemeanor or a felony. A conviction will automatically show up on a background check. A drug charge may cost you an occupational license or prevent you from certain careers. Last but not least, even a small quantity of drugs can result in serious jail or prison time. A situation as dire as this mandates the help of our experienced criminal defense attorneys.
The criminal defense attorneys of Bentley, Kopecki, Smith, P.C., understand the serious consequences you face, and they know how frightening and intimidating the criminal justice system can be. They have an understanding of how the system works and how to advocate for you at every stage of the process to limit the impact on your life. Our attorneys offer compassionate and competent counsel for those being accused of drug offenses. We have represented college students and juveniles accused of drug possession as well as adults prosecuted for serious felony drug crimes.
Experienced Defense For Drug Crimes
We can handle the full spectrum of drug crimes and related offenses:
- Drug possession — misdemeanor or felony amounts of marijuana, cocaine, meth or other controlled substances
- Prescription drug offenses — unlawful possession, prescription fraud
- Possession with intent to distribute — large quantities, dealer paraphernalia
- Manufacture or cultivation — marijuana plants, meth labs
- Distribution and trafficking — drug transactions, transporting, conspiracy
While drug crimes carry heavy penalties, our attorneys are knowledgeable about defense strategies and alternative sentencing opportunities such as drug court and accelerated rehabilitative disposition (ARD). These programs may avoid a conviction or spare clients from the worst consequences, and help people with addiction issues get the treatment they need.
Part of our job is damage control. The sooner we are hired as your legal counsel, the greater the opportunity for us to limit the amount of trouble you may be in. This may include representing you during initial interviews and hearings or negotiating the charges against you before they are filed.
Protecting Your Future with Drug Crimes
Many drug crimes are considered felonies in Pennsylvania, even if it is your first arrest. A felony charge can have serious consequences, including not being able to own a gun. A drug crime conviction can result in a sentencing enhancement if you are convicted of any other crimes further down the road. The criminal record may affect college scholarships or continued college enrollment, current or future employment, professional licenses and even volunteer activities.
Our experienced trial lawyers explore all possible defenses in your case, including Fourth Amendment search and seizure violations and other law enforcement tactics that infringe on your constitutional rights. We will be honest with you about the charges you face and your options, and our goal is to secure the best possible outcome for you.
Contact Our Experienced Attorneys
Call our drug crime attorneys at (610) 685-8000, or contact us online, to schedule a free 30-minute initial consultation. We can meet with you at our office in Reading and Lebanon, and we will come to you in jail, if necessary.