Drug Trafficking & Distribution Lawyers in Erie, Pennsylvania

Seasoned Defense Lawyers Fight for Clients Accused of Drug Trafficking and Distribution in Erie County and Crawford County, PA

Drug trafficking and distribution is a crime that goes beyond mere possession of a drug. These charges apply when law enforcement and the prosecution believe they can prove that, under the circumstances, the person accused intended to deliver those drugs to another person, usually for a profit. Drug trafficking and distribution cases are often complex and, because of the severity of the penalties that can attach upon conviction, the stakes are high. The complications in these cases can be magnified exponentially if you have prior convictions, or if you crossed state lines so that federal charges could apply.

At Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., our defense lawyers have the experience, knowledge and resources necessary to formulate the most effective defense strategy possible to your Erie, PA drug trafficking and distribution charges. We fight tenaciously to protect your freedom, so call our offices to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our lawyers today. We have successfully defended clients accused of drug trafficking and drug distribution in Erie, Meadville, North East and throughout Western Pennsylvania for over two decades, and are ready to go to work in your case today.

Pennsylvania Drug Trafficking and Distribution Charges Are Almost Always Severe

Although the penalties that apply after conviction for drug trafficking and distribution can vary, these charges are almost always severe and can often result in jail time even for first offenders. Drug trafficking and distribution is almost always a felony charge because these cases tend to involve large quantities of the drug. This means that conviction can lead to a minimum of a one-year jail sentence and up to 20 years in prison for repeat offenders. Factors that influence the severity of the charge include:

  • The type of drug involved (in other words, how the drug is classified under Pennsylvania’s classification system),
  • The amount the person possessed, and
  • In some cases, prior criminal record.

Our lawyers handle all types of drug trafficking and distribution charges, including those involving:

  • Cocaine,
  • Heroin,
  • OxyContin,
  • Marijuana,
  • Crack cocaine,
  • Methamphetamine or crystal meth,
  • Adderall,
  • GHB,
  • Fentanyl,
  • Steroids,
  • Vicodin,
  • Xanax,
  • MDMA (ecstasy or molly)
  • And more.

Pennsylvania law generally classifies these drugs according to a tiered system based upon the perceived severity of the drug in question, and whether the drug is classified as a Schedule I (most serious) or Schedule V controlled substance can have a significant impact upon the penalties that may apply in your case.

Defense Lawyers at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. Work Tirelessly to Get Results Drug Trafficking and Distribution Cases in PA

At Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., our dedicated team of criminal defense lawyers will leave no stone unturned in investigating your case to determine whether we can fight to have the drug trafficking and distribution charges reduced or even dismissed. Some of the defense strategies that we will explore include:

  • The arresting officers lacked probable cause to search or arrest you,
  • You did not actually intend to distribute the drugs,
  • Your constitutional rights were violated so that evidence obtained by the prosecution cannot be legally used against you,
  • You were not aware that the drugs were even present in your home or vehicle,
  • You were entrapped by law enforcement officers.

The prosecution is required to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and we will take all actions possible to poke holes in their case and fight to establish that reasonable doubt does exist in your case. Importantly, when you are charged with drug trafficking and distribution, you can also be charged with drug possession based upon your possession of the same drugs. This means that you can be facing even longer jail sentences and higher monetary fines than the sole crime of drug trafficking would carry, making it even more important that you have a skilled criminal defense lawyer by your side every step of the way.

Contact a Trustworthy Criminal Defense Attorney to Discuss Your Erie, PA Drug Trafficking Charges Today

You need the strongest possible defense team if you have been accused of drug trafficking or distribution, and our lawyers have that necessary experience. In fact, one of our defense lawyers even formerly served as the assistant district attorney, giving us a unique insight into the tactics commonly employed by the prosecution in these cases.

Call our offices, fill out this online form or use our “live chat” feature, to schedule a confidential consultation with our Pennsylvania drug trafficking defense lawyers today. For your convenience, we have three office locations located at 2525 W.26th St., Erie, PA 16506, 310 Chestnut St., Suite 111, Meadville, PA 16335 (in the Masonic Building) and 68 East Main Street, North East, PA 16428.

Frequently Asked Questions About Drug Trafficking & Distribution

FAQ: How does the prosecution know that I was intending to distribute the drugs to anyone else, and why is this important?

The penalties that attach when you intend to sell or distribute the drugs to others are much more serious than if you had the drugs for your own personal use (although drug possession charges are nothing to be taken lightly). Usually, drug trafficking or distribution charges will be brought if you had such a large quantity of the drugs in your possession that it was unreasonable to believe you would be using those drugs personally. The way the drugs were packaged can also provide evidence that you intended to distribute those drugs to others.

FAQ: Why do I need a defense attorney if I intend to plead guilty to the drug trafficking and distribution charges against me?

In many cases, there is still room to negotiate even if you plan to plead guilty to the charges levied against you. Our lawyers will work to obtain a reduced jail sentence, reduced fines and can also negotiate the availability of probation in some cases. You still deserve to have your constitutional rights protected even if you decide to plead guilty, and our lawyers will be there to make sure your rights are upheld.

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