Lancaster, PA Criminal Defense Law — Drug Cases

Providing legal representation for individuals charged with drug offenses in Pennsylvania.

The law that applies to drug cases in Pennsylvania is complex. If you should find yourself under arrest for a violation of the drug laws, an attorney experienced in drug cases is vitally important. Some drug violations are considered relatively minor and may be handled like a drunk-driving case, with a fine and short period of probation. But most drug cases in Pennsylvania, especially those involving the sale of drugs, are extremely serious felonies. Many of these offenses carry mandatory jail sentences of 2 years or 5 years or more. To win the case, if possible, or to obtain the shortest sentence possible if trial is not a viable option, it is essential to retain the services of an Pennsylvania attorney experienced in trying drug cases like R. Russell Pugh.

Lancaster PA Drug Defense Lawyer in PennsylvaniaCases involving the sale of drugs within 1,000 feet of a public or private school or college carry a mandatory minimum sentence, if the prosecutor decides to invoke it. In many cities, like Lancaster, PA or Harrisburg, PA, there are few, if any, places that are not within this "drug-free school zone." This gives the prosecutor enormous leverage in negotiating with persons accused of selling drugs. A criminal defense attorney experienced in drug cases in Pennsylvania is vitally important to prevent the application of this mandatory sentence.

There are other mandatory sentences or sentence "enhancements" applicable to drug cases depending on the quantity of the drug sold or whether the accused has prior drug offenses. A judge in Pennsylvania has no power to impose a sentence less than the mandatory minimum if the District Attorney asks for the mandatory. In negotiating with the prosecutor, it may be possible for an experienced criminal defense attorney to convince the prosecutor not to invoke the mandatory sentence and spare his client a lengthy jail term. Criminal defense attorney R. Russell Pugh has more than 31 years experience representing persons accused of drug offenses.

If you have been charged with a drug-related crime, contact Lancaster County criminal defense lawyer R. Russell Pugh for a no-cost, no-obligation legal consultation regarding your case.