At the lower end of the spectrum “simple possession,” “small amount” and “paraphernalia” charges are certainly not as severe as felony drug manufacturing or delivery charges. However, a conviction for these misdemeanor offenses may still have a meaningful and lasting impact on your life including an impact on your current and future employment and education. As one example, a conviction for possession of a small amount of marijuana carries with it a mandatory six month license suspension.
Many individuals charged with drug offenses are often wrestling with addiction and may be better served drug and alcohol treatment in conjunction with their supervision or a treatment based “drug court” program rather than incarceration.
Drug Manufacture, Delivery and Distribution
Search and Seizure
Many drug cases are won or lost during the litigation of suppression motions on search and seizure issues. Did the police have a legitimate reason to stop the car or was the stop pre-textual? Was the warrant valid? Does the affidavit of probable cause stand up? Was the information received by the police reliable? If there was no warrant what was there legitimate exigent circumstances for the police to have acted without one? If the actions of the government that led to your arrest violated your constitutional protection from unreasonable searches and seizures, the some or all of the evidence at the heart of the government’s case against you may be suppressed. The result of such an occurrence is often that the charges are reduced, withdrawn or dismissed altogether.
Whether you are charged with simple possession or PWI; whether you had the contraband in your pocket or just happened to be in the room or car where drugs were found having an experienced attorney on your side is critical to your ability to defend yourself against the government’s allegations. I have the knowledge and experience to help you achieve the best possible results. Call 412-238-4050 or click here to schedule a free consultation and we can discuss the specific circumstances of your case. I offer flexible office hours, including evenings to work around your schedule. I look forward to meeting you and discussing with you how I can help.