A drug conviction in Pennsylvania can have severe and lasting consequences. Many people do not how harsh punishments can be until they have been sentenced to jail and lose their license, even for a small amount of marijuana or illegal prescription drugs.
There are a several state and county programs that can help first-time drug offenders and/or people with drug addiction to avoid really harsh sentences and prison time.
These are sometimes called “drug diversion programs”, “alternative to sentencing programs”, or “pretrial services”. They usually will require a drug treatment program instead of going to jail.
Two such programs are the ARD Program (Accelerated Rehabilitation Diversion Program) for first-time offenders and the Pennsylvania Drug Court.
If you have been charged or arrested with Possession of Drugs you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible about your case and eligibility for the alternative to jail programs.
You may not automatically qualify for these programs and may need to apply and be accepted by the court system. We can help you with that process.
An experienced attorney can help you negotiate and plea your case so that you have the best chance possible of having your sentence reduced or your charges dropped.
Pittsburgh Drug Lawyer Christopher Thomas provides FREE legal case evaluations – he can answer your questions and help you figure out some options in your initial consultation.
On top of having a criminal record and no driver’s license, which makes everything in life more difficult – including finding a job, a place to live, and financial aid and loans – a drug conviction can put you in prison and cost a lot of money.
For example, below are just some of the sentencing guidelines judges in Pennsylvania
As experienced Pittsburgh drug lawyers, we can help explain your rights, your options and the best way to move forward with your life.
If you have been charged with a drug crime, contact our skilled and experienced drug lawyers today for a FREE consultation.
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We are aggressive and experienced Pittsburgh drug attorneys. We will thoroughly investigate your case and build a strong defense strategy in order to negotiate with the courts and plea your case for the best possible outcome.
We will try to have your charges reduced or withdrawn. We understand the needs of our clients and have compassion for the ordeal they are going through.
When your future and freedom are on the line, you need an excellent attorney who is going to work aggressively to defend your rights – someone who is compassionate and cares about you and your family.
Pittsburgh Attorney Christopher Thomas is skilled and experienced at winning tough cases and fighting for the charges to be reduced or dropped altogether.
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Call Pittsburgh Drug Lawyer Christopher Thomas for a free legal evaluation of your case.
Attorney Thomas and the SMA Law Criminal Defense Team are here to answer your questions, listen to your situation, explain your rights and offer the best steps to defend your rights and get your future on track.