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Downingtown, Pennsylvania, Drug Crimes Attorney

Drug addiction and the criminal charges that may result from it are unfortunate facts of life in Downington and the surrounding communities in Chester County. In Downington, for example, 10 persons faced drug charges in a recent year, predominantly for marijuana possession, while in Chester County as a whole, the number reached 107, including 10 for opioids, cocaine, or synthetics.

The first feeling that comes into the heads of such people facing arrest due to drug-related crimes is panic. If you find yourself in this dilemma, contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible.

Skinner Law Firm attorney Michael J. Skinner is a Pennsylvania native and has worked on hundreds of criminal cases. His vast knowledge base concerning criminal charges and his understanding of the strategies and tactics used by prosecutors are considerable benefits in defending your criminal charge.

Skinner Law Firm Cases

Michael Skinner is a former prosecutor. This previous experience is an excellent edge for an attorney because it means that your lawyer knows both sides of how the presentation of cases before the court unfold. When a defense lawyer has also prosecuted cases, he or she can often determine what the opposing attorney has up his or her sleeve.

Mr. Skinner is also proficient in understanding the ins and outs of the county drug courts and pre-trial diversion program options. Mike Skinner is well-versed in the types of controlled substances that are available in Pennsylvania—the schedule of controlled substances, the many drug crimes and penalties in the state, and the types of charges brought against those arrested for drug crimes. You can breathe a sigh of relief once you have Mike Skinner on your side.

Controlled Substance Offenses

You might face charges for controlled substances under state or federal laws. Either way, the punishments for this type of crime are often severe. These illegal activities include:

  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Drug trafficking
  • Possession with intent to deliver (PWID)
  • Prescription fraud
  • Unlawful manufacturing of controlled substances

Who Can Face Charges in Drug-Related Crimes?

Criminal responsibility for drug-associated offenses can include:

Possible Defenses for Drug-Related Crimes

A litany of defenses are available for drug possession crimes. Ultimately, the best defense for your case will defend on its own unique facts. However, common defenses include:

  • If an officer of the law finds evidence in your vehicle’s locked trunk, he or she must have had permission to pry the door open before they can seize the drugs; without permission or a warrant, any evidence found cannot be used in court
  • The illegal drugs may have belonged to someone else
  • A failure in the chain of custody for evidence handled by police or crime lab technicians
  • It is possible the drugs were planted by another person
  • Possessing a prescription for seized drugs or something similar (such as a medical marijuana card in relevant states).

Call Our Downingtown, Pennsylvania, Drug Crimes Lawyer Today

If you’re facing prosecution for a drug crime in the Downington area, email the Skinner Law Firm or call us at (610) 436-1410 as soon as possible. Skinner Law can protect your rights at every step of the process.

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