Were you accused of a drug crime after an illegal search and seizure by law enforcement? Were controlled substances found in your car during a traffic stop or in your home that belong to someone claiming to be your friend? Have you been offered a deal by police in exchange for dropping your drug charge?
Attorney Craig P. Kalinoski of Kalinoski Law Offices P.C. in Scranton is a former police officer who has first-hand knowledge of the rules and procedures that apply to criminal investigations. He does not accept the narrative used in a police report as the complete and final word. He knows how to read these reports to find the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. When you work with us to defend against drug possession and distribution charges, you are gaining access to a highly qualified lawyer who is willing to fight for your rights every step of the way.
Pennsylvania Drug Penalties and Defenses
In Pennsylvania, it is a crime to possess illegal or controlled substances such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines, etc. The prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant knowingly and intentionally possessed the controlled substance without a valid physician order for the drug.
If charged with drug possession, there are defenses available to you:
- Lack of intent or knowledge
- Insufficient quantity of the drug
- Drugs did not belong to the defendant
- It was found during an unlawful search and seizure
Addiction is not a defense for a drug crime.
Depending on the type of drug and the amount of the drug will determine the length and severity of the penalty.
- Possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana will be graded as a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to 30 days in prison and/or a fine of up to $500.
- For narcotics of a higher amount, you can be charged with a felony and may receive a sentence of up to fifteen years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000.
It is important to know that the larger the quantity of drugs you are found with, the more severe the punishment, especially if there is an intention to sell.
A Criminal Defense Lawyer Who Always Prepares For Trial
In criminal cases, early preparation is a valuable asset. We proactively investigate and analyze every detail — beginning on day one — to build a position of strength. Attorney Craig P. Kalinoski has earned a reputation for his drive to challenge the evidence in pretrial motions and willingness to go to trial when necessary to safeguard the rights of our clients.
Drug cases are not run-of-the-mill charges in Pennsylvania. Attorney Kalinoski draws on his background in law enforcement and more than a decade fighting for those charged with drug crimes to obtain the most favorable outcome possible. Drug cases often involve a complicated interplay between factual evidence and constitutional principles. It is critical that your attorney has the skills to fully analyze these kinds of cases.
Common friction points arise over search and seizure issues. We thoroughly analyze such issues as whether the police had a legal right to be present to affect a search or seizure. In cases involving a traffic stop, we fully review the legal basis of the stop. When a search warrant is involved, you need a lawyer who knows how to evaluate the validity of the warrant. Attorney Kalinoski is that lawyer.
We have the legal know-how and experience to aggressively defend against all types of drug charges in Pennsylvania, including:
- Felony drug distribution, sales or delivery
- Possession with intent to deliver
- Heroin trafficking
- Cultivation or growing of marijuana
- Drug manufacturing
Get A Free Consultation With An Effective Drug Possession and Drug Crime Lawyer in Scranton
We are dedicated to always being prepared for trial. To learn more about how our approach to building a strong defense can be your advantage in protecting your future, send us an email or call 570-207-4000. The initial consultation is free of charge.