Drug Offenses

Montgomery County Drug Crime Attorneys

FBI reports indicate that nationwide, drug and drug-related offenses account for approximately one-third of all arrests. Additionally, drug use and abuse results in related crimes such as DUIRetail Theft (shoplifting), property crimes and assault offenses. As a result, judges and prosecutors in Pennsylvania take drug charges seriously and convictions can result in lengthy jail sentences.

For anyone charged with a drug offense, it is important to retain a criminal defense attorney experienced in prosecuting and defending against drug charges. As a prosecutor in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and as a defense attorney, I have extensive experience in handling drug cases throughout all over Montgomery County including Abington, Cheltenham, Haverford, Pottstown and Lower Merion.

Please feel free to contact me, Blue Bell Criminal Defense Lawyer Henry S. Hilles, III at 610-270-8800 or click here to discuss your case.

Aggressive Drug Crimes Defense

To properly defend people charged with a drug crime, it is important to have skill and experience litigating drug cases. Police and narcotics detecives do not simply stumble across drug-crime evidence. Such evidence is obtained by using confidential informants, surveillance and executing searches. There are specific rules and procedures that police must follow in using these techniques and a drug crime defense lawyer must understant the laws and be prepared to aggressively litigate on behalf of the client.

It is also equally important, however, that an attorney understands the alternative options available for persons charged with a drug offense in Pennsylvania. While it is sometimes necessary to fight drug charges, there are also cases where the better strategy is to negotiate the best possible result. In Pennsylvania, that can mean applying for admission into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD Program) or seeking Section 17 Probation.

Former Prosecutor Now Fighting for You

While a plea bargain or alternative-sentence resolution is sometimes the best option, it is vital that you choose an attorney who is not hesitant to take a matter to trial. Prosecutors can sense when an attorney is afraid of trial and will be less inclined to offer the best possible deal.

As both a prosecutor and defense counsel, I have a great deal of experience in trying criminal cases. I have a thorough understanding of criminal defense practice and effective representation and am proud of my ability to “come up big” in big cases. I take every case seriously and work hard to give my clients outstanding representation.

Federal prosecutors and district attorneys put a great deal of effort and resources into the prosecution of drug offenses. A defense attorney cannot be surprised or intimidated by the resources involved in drug prosecutions. Rather, an attorney must be prepared to devote the necessary resources to ensure a zealous and successful defense.

Properly Defending a Drug Case

As a former Assistant District Attorney in the Montgomery County, PA District Attorney’s Office and now a Montgomery County defense lawyer for those charged with state and federal crimes, I have handled many serious crimes including drug offenses. I have professional relationships with experts in many fields including private investigators, toxicologists, forensic psychologists, polygraphists (lie detector practitioners) and forensic computer experts.

I frequently use such experts to help me evaluate and derfend cases.  Given my experience and my relationships with such experts, I have the knowledge and experience to obtain the best possible result for any client charged with a drug offense.

Defense for Drug Crime Charges

Local, state and federal law enforcement continue to be vigilant in America’s war against drugs. It is true that some jurisdictions, such as California, Colorado and New Jersey, have become more liberal with respect to marijuana laws. The reality, however, is that more drug-related cases are brought before the courts then ever before and prosecutors continue to push for maximum penalties.

For those charged with drug possession or any other drug-related crimes, it is important to work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

I am Pottstown Criminal Defense Attorney Henry S. Hilles, III, a criminal defense attorney in Montgomery County, PA with significant experience handling drug-related cases. As a former prosecutor, I know how the judicial system works from both sides. This knowledge allows me to build an effective defense on behalf of my clients. Contact my law firm in Norristown, Pennsylvania, to schedule a consultation.

State And Federal Drug Crimes

As a Blue Bell criminal defense attorney with more 20 years of experience practicing law, I understand the implications a drug conviction will have on the lives of my clients. I have seen how a bad decision made by a juvenile, college or university student — or adult — can lead to prison time, a permanent criminal record and limited job opportunities.

In my criminal defense practice, it is my goal to protect the rights, the freedom and the future opportunities of my clients. I offer aggressive defense services for those charged with state and federal drug offenses, including:

  • Possession
  • Possession with Intent to Deliver / Distribute
  • Manufacture
  • Transportation
  • Distribution/trafficking
  • Conspiracy

I handle misdemeanor and felony drug cases involving all types and quantities of illegal drugs (including marijuanacocaine and methamphetamine) and prescription medications (including Xanax, Valium, Ambien, Lunesta, Vicodin, Norco, Oxy and Adderall).

Possession With Intent to Deliver: Avoid Mandatory Sentencing

If you have been accused of a felony drug charge or any other misdemeanor drug charge, it is important to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your rights. I have handled many drug cases — from major drug felony cases to misdemeanor possession cases — both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney. I understand the issues that often arise in felony drug cases. I strive to provide my clients with the highest-quality representation and fight to protect their constitutional rights.

A person who has been arrested on drug charges, including felony or misdemeanor drug arrests, should act quickly to hire a criminal defense lawyer who can protect their rights and represent their interests.  Feel free to call me, Plymouth Meeting Criminal Defense Lawyer Henry S. Hilles III at 610-270-8800 or send us a secure and confidential e-mail.

Different Types of Drug Cases

Drug cases are prosecuted in both state and federal courts. I have extensive experience handling drug cases in both state and federal jurisdictions.

State court drug cases range from significant drug felonies to relatively minor drug possession cases. State court drug sentences are typically (but not always) less serious than in federal cases, although state court mandatory minimum sentences can be harsh.

The stakes in federal drug cases are usually very high. The sentencing guideline ranges for major felony drug cases can be severe. It is important to retain a lawyer with extensive experience representing defendants in all kinds of drug cases.

I handle cases involving marijuana, cocaine, crack, methamphetamine, crystal meth, OxyContin, heroin, ecstasy and other drugs. The specific charges that can be alleged include:

  • Possession with intent to deliver / distribute drugs
  • Drug trafficking or drug sales
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Manufacturing a controlled substance, including operating a meth lab
  • Criminal Conspiracy charges related to drugs

Defending Misdemeanor Drug Crimes

If you have been arrested on a misdemeanor drug charge, it is important to retain the counsel of an attorney, even if you believe the crime is minor or that you did nothing wrong. You need a lawyer to ensure that you receive the best possible result, including, perhaps, a Section 17 Probation, which can result in the dismissal of the charges.

Being convicted of a drug offense — even a minor drug charge — can result in jail time and a criminal record. Having a criminal convicion on you record can significantly impact your future endeavors. For instance, criminal records can:

  • Prevent you from obtaining student loans
  • Impede your chances of getting into the college of your choice
  • Deny you entry into certain professions
  • Affect your ability to get credit

If you are charged with a criminal offense or under investigation, it is important to hire an experienced Montgomery County, PA criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and options.

Protecting the Rights of Those Accused of Drug Crimes

The Law Office of Henry S. Hilles, III in Norristown, Montgomery County, PA, protects the rights of adults and juveniles accused of felony and misdemeanor drug crimes. With well over 20 years of experience as an attorney, I have the experience and track record to provide you with a strong, prepared and effective defense.

My experience ormer as a prosecutor in the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office gives me an advantage over other defense attorneys because I know how the system works from the inside out, and I use that advantage to ensure that my clients obtain the best possible outcome in their cases. I know how to prepare a case and provide zealous representation on behalf of my clients.

As a defense attorney experienced in defending juveniles, college students and adults against felony drug charges and misdemeanor drug charges, I have represented many clients charged with drug charges such as:

Montgomery County, PA Drug Court Program

Montgomery County and other counties in Pennsylvania now have a special Drug Court that supervises addicted, nonviolent drug offenders. If you are accepted into this Drug Court program, the focus is on rehabilitation and treatment rather than on punishment, and you can receive a lighter sentence or avoid jail time altogether.

I have represented many people who completed the Montgomery County Drug Court Program and proudly state that Drug Court have changed their lives. And, importantly, Drug Court can result in the charges against you being totally dismissed after which they can be expunged.

“Section 17” Probation

Depending on your misdemeanor charge, you may be eligible for the drug possession first-time offender program known as Section 17 Probation. This program essentially allows you to complete terms and conditions negotiated between your defense lawyer and the prosecution after which the charges against you are dismissed. Upon completion of the program, you can then seek to expunge your criminal record.

Montgomery County Felony Drug Charge Defense

Achieving the best possible result in a drug case — or winning a drug case outright — is almost always a difficult process. Every case requires intense preparation and a unique legal strategy based on the facts and the law. Strategies for contesting a drug case can include:

  • Suppression of evidence. Federal and Pennsylvania law dictates that citizens must be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. Frequently, the defense of drug cases involves contending that drugs or other evidence were seized illegally. In many drug cases, challenging searches and seizures can be the difference between a conviction and a “not guilty” verdict.
  • Possession with intent to deliver. In most felony drug cases, the prosecution must prove that the defendant not only possessed illegal drugs, but did so with the specific intent to distribute or deliver drugs to other people. In many cases, it is important to aggressively challenge whether the defendant actually intended to sell or deliver any drugs that may have been found in his or her possession.
  • Actual or constructive possession. In some cases, an effective argument can be made that the defendant was not in possession of any drugs and was not aware of any drugs that may have been found near the scene or in the possession of another person. The prosecution must prove that the defendant actually knew that drugs were present.
  • Alternatives to a drug case trial. In some cases, the best result in a drug case involves negotiating a nontrial disposition or guilty plea. Even in these cases, however, it is often important to aggressively prepare the case as if it may proceed to trial. Prosecutors rarely offer the best plea bargain offers to defense lawyers who they do not believe are prepared to vigorously fight the charges if necessary.

The consequences of a drug offense conviction can vary from probation to decades in prison. Regardless of the severity of the offense, it is important to have a lawyer on your side who is experienced with drug cases and is ready and able to present an aggressive defense. Feel free to call me, Collegeville Pennsylvania Criminal Lawyer Henry S. Hilles III at 610-270-8800. You can also send me a confidential e-mail at hilles@comcast.net.

Expungement of Criminal Records

People who successfully complete the Section 17 Program or Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD Program) in Pennsylvania may petition the court to have their criminal record expunged. Such criminal records should be expunged so that employee background checks do not uncover records of the arrest or disposition.

To expunge your record, you must obtain a court order providing that all criminal agencies having any record connected with the charge or Section 17/ARD disposition be expunged and destroyed and that all information on any databases be deleted. This order should also direct all recipients to produce an affidavit assuring that all such information has been destroyed and/or deleted.

It is important to retain an attorney who will be thorough in ensuring that these state and federal agencies follow through with their court-ordered directives and destroy these records.

Blue Bell PA Forged Prescription Lawyer

Narcotics crimes no longer solely involve street or recreational drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin or methamphetamines. Narcotics and medications typically used for medicinal purposes are now as common in drug crimes as marijuana or cocaine. Many of these medications are easily obtained in the home.

With increased computer technologies, and the increased use of the internet by all citizens, crimes involving forging prescriptions or possession of forged prescriptions are increasingly common. If you are not a doctor, being in possession of a forged prescription or prescription pad is a crime that can have serious legal penalties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

What Constitutes A Forged Prescription?

Forging a medical prescription, or being in possession of a forged prescription, is a crime in the Pennsylvania. By definition, this crime involves using a false prescription to obtain prescription or controlled drugs.

People with drug problems can find themselves in a situation where a sense of severe addiction and desperation results in attempting to obtain prescription drugs by fraud. The problem is that this is a crime that has very serious ramifications. Indeed, lobbyists for pharmaceutical companies have succeeded in convincing the Pennsylvania legislature to dramatically increase the sentencing guidelines for such crimes.

Medications That Are Commonly Obtained Via Forged Prescriptions

The types of controlled substances typically involved in forged prescription charges include:

  • Anti-anxiety Medications (Xanax, Valium, Benzo’s)
  • Painkillers (Percocet, Vicodin, Norco)
  • Anti-emetic medications (Phenergan)
  • ADD Medication (Aderal)
  • Hypnotics (AmbienLunesta)
  • Muscle Relaxers (Flexeril)
  • Sleeping pills such as Ambien and Lunesta

How A Lower Merion Drug Crime Lawyer Can Help You

If you are caught with a forged prescription you can be charged with a felony. If convicted you will face possible jail time. It is important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to aggressively defend your rights and options.

I defend those accused of criminal charges, drug crimes, DUI, property crimes, violent crimes and sex offenses throughouth Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. This includes Abington, Ambler, Blue Bell, Collegeville, Conshohocken, Haverford, Jenkintown, Cheltenham Township, Pottstown, Upper Merion Township, Upper Dublin Township, Lower Providence Township, Upper Moreland Township and Horsham Township.

Call Montgomery County PA Criminal Defense/ DUI lawyer Henry Hilles at 610-270-8800. Or email me for a free consultation.