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Pittsburgh Drug Crime Lawyer

Protecting Your Rights Against Serious Drug Charges

A criminal conviction for a drug crime often results in catastrophic consequences that may include a lengthy term of imprisonment, an extended period of probation, completion of a treatment programs, and loss of child custody rights. In addition, convictions of drug crimes will result in a mandatory suspension of driving privileges. In addition, you will have to pay outrageous fines, be subjected to community service requirements, face possible eviction from your home, and find it extremely difficult to obtain dignified housing and gainful employment. With a conviction for felony drug trafficking charges such as manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, it is vital that you defend yourself and your rights by acquiring a Pittsburgh drug charges lawyer who ensures that his clients are fairly represented, and given the quality defense services they deserve.

Pittsburgh drug crime lawyer Gary Gerson carefully examines police arrest records to determine whether an illegal search and seizure, or racial profiling, occurred. He has been consistently successful at negotiating reductions in charges, alternatives to jail time, probation without a verdict, boot camp for offenders (when eligible) and other options that mitigate the consequences of a drug crime conviction, especially when there have been violations of constitutional rights by charging officers.

People from all walks of life come to the Law Offices of Gary E. Gerson when accused of drug possession, possession with intent to deliver, sales, drug manufacturing, and various other drug-related crimes. We defend people in both state and federal courts against drug charges involving marijuana, crack or powder cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, designer drugs such as Ecstacy, MDMA, Molly, and Methylone, prescription medications such as Oxycontin and Vicodin, and all other narcotics.

Drug Charges & Convictions In Pennsylvania

Getting busted on drug charges can affect you for the rest of your life. While parts of the country have become more lenient on laws against marijuana, Pennsylvania remains unprogressive with the drug and comes down hard on people caught with other types of drugs as well. If you have been arrested for the manufacturing or cultivation, possession, or distribution of an unlawful substance in PA, you can expect to face serious consequences. In order to avoid the detriment of some, if not all, of these consequences, call drug charges attorney Gary E. Gerson and confidentially speak to a qualified intake specialist about the details of your case. Contingent upon how much and what type of illegal drugs with which you are arrested, several entities—such as the Drug Task Force or Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation (BNI)—can be called by prosecutors to dig deeper into the history the drugs you possess and can use that investigation to attempt to prove that you were part of a much larger criminal drug ring. Attorney Gary Gerson will be there to negate the inferences made about you and your role in a much bigger conspiracy, as well as to alleviate the penalties of your mistakes. He may even be able to entirely prevent a conviction of any kind. There are three important things to remember when considering your possible conviction. You should know whether your drug crimes are classified as felonies or misdemeanors. You should be made aware of whether there are mitigating or aggravating circumstances surrounding your case. And you should know whether or not you have a prior criminal record, especially with drug crimes, that would play a large part in the severity of your sentence if you are convicted.

Arrests, criminal charges and convictions – what are the real-world consequences? If asked this question, most people would focus on the possible jail sentence, fines, probation or parole. Limitations on freedom and financial harm – isn’t that enough? Apparently not. The real-world consequences of drug charges and drug crimes convictions extend far beyond a jail or prison sentence and the financial cost.

  • Lose your driver’s license: Conviction on a drug crimes charge results in mandatory suspension of your driver’s license by PennDOT. This is not a penalty ordered by the criminal court judge but an administrative penalty over which the judge has no control. The suspension period is at least six months for a first conviction and a year for a second conviction.
  • Lose your right to own or possess a firearm: If you are convicted of a felony drug crime, such as drug trafficking, delivery, or possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, you will lose your right to own or possess a firearm.
  • Lose job opportunities: Any potential employer can view your criminal record and find out you have a drug crime conviction.
  • Lose your access to college financial aid: If you are convicted of a drug trafficking crime such as manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, your application for federal financial student aid will most certainly be denied
  • Lose your right to vote: Another consequence of being a convicted felon is that you lose your right to vote.
  • Mandatory submission of DNA sample to a national data bank.
  • Lose your parental rights: Parents serving long prison sentences run the risk of losing their parental rights in favor of adoptive parents.

If you have been arrested for drug charges, call Pittsburgh defense lawyer Gary E. Gerson to talk about what you can do to save yourself from a discouraging drug crimes conviction. Call 412-219-6875 today.

Aggressive Pittsburgh Drug Crimes Lawyer Gary E. Gerson Fights For You

At the Law Offices of Gary E. Gerson, we have successfully defended individuals accused of a wide range of felony and misdemeanor drug charges, including drug delivery, possession of drug paraphernalia, cultivation and importation of controlled substances.

If you have been arrested on a serious drug charge that carries life-changing penalties, we urge you to contact a knowledgeable Pittsburgh drug crimes lawyer willing to challenge arrest procedures and asset forfeiture. Our phones are answered around the clock, 24 hours a day, seven days a week — 412-219-6875 or toll free at 866-791-3969. We offer a free confidential consultation in the privacy of your home or at our office.

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