West Chester, PA 19380
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Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.
Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Michael E. Houghton brings both passion and enthusiasm to criminal defense through his extensive knowledge and experience.
Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.
Since 1992, Ann has been advocating for her clients both in and out of tough courtrooms of Philadelphia, which has cultivated her craft.
David Strenfel is a highly experienced attorney who focuses on trial advocacy, constitutional law, and criminal defense.
Jonathon Luff has successfully represented countless clients and gain freedom for many wrongfully accused individuals.
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Pennsylvania is one of several states with harsh penalties for drug offenses. The more serious the drug is considered, the most severe the consequences. The state categorizes illegal substances based on schedules, ranging from those with a high potential for abuse to the least serious. Heroin has various nicknames, including smack, junk and scag, and is often mixed with other controlled substances like cocaine (“speedball”).
Heroin is considered a Schedule I drug under Pennsylvania’s Controlled Substances, Drugs, Device, and Cosmetic Act, which means it is likely to be abused and has no accepted medical use. These drugs often carry some of the harshest penalties, whether the charge is for possession or trafficking. If convicted, a person could face jail or prison time, expensive fines or both.
A conviction for a drug offense can change the rest of your life. If you are facing drug-related charges for heroin, contact a West Chester heroine defense lawyer at Ciccarelli Law Offices. Our attorneys are highly experienced in drug-related cases, and they can help you fight the heroin charges.
We will work with you to build a strong defense in your case, and we will fight to have the charges reduced or dropped. A charge does not have to mean a conviction, and the skilled lawyers at Ciccarelli Law Offices can help you fight to protect your future. Call (610) 719-3200 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your heroin charges.
We represent those facing heroin charges throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, including Exton, Coatesville, Lancaster, Downingtown and Media. We are based in West Chester, with offices in Kennett Square, Malvern, Springfield, King of Prussia, Lancaster, Radnor and Plymouth Meeting. We serve Chester County, Montgomery County, Lancaster County, Delaware County and Philadelphia.
It is illegal under state and federal law to possess any amount of any controlled substance, including heroin. Under Pennsylvania law, possession of less than one gram of heroin would be charged as a misdemeanor, which can carry a maximum penalty of one year in jail for a first offense.
A second conviction could mean up to two years imprisonment and up to $2,500 in fines. However, third or subsequent offenses can result in prison terms of up to three years and up to $50,000 in fines. This could apply whether it was actual or constructive possession.
State law also makes it illegal to possess any sort of drug paraphernalia. Paraphernalia is defined as any equipment, product or object used or intended to be used for the purpose of compounding, testing, preparing, analyzing, containing, ingesting or inhaling. For example, a spoon, syringe or lighter could be heroin paraphernalia.
Charges for those accused of selling or trafficking heroin often are more severe. The offenses typically are charges as felonies, but there are several factors that could affect the sentences. The criminal history of the person accused of the offense, the amount allegedly in possession and the schedule in which it is classified all could affect the punishments.
Typically, a charge for trafficking a Schedule I drug such as heroin could result in felony charges and up to 15 years in jail, up to $250,000 in fines or both. Additionally, if the trafficking is a substantial amount, the assets utilized in and the profits obtained from the illegal activity could be seized.
Subsequent offenses for the sale or trafficking of heroin and the sale of heroin to minors could lead to increased charges and doubled penalties.
Many states, including Pennsylvania, offer drug treatment programs for non-violent first-time offenders. This often is an alternative to incarceration, but there still are consequences. There still are certain requirements a person must meet to be enrolled in the program.
Drug court teams often are lead by a judge and are made up of a prosecutor, defense counsel, treatment provider, probation officers, law enforcement and court coordinator who work together to support and monitor a participant's recovery.
These strict programs often include frequent drug testing and court appearances, along with treatment options. However, it could be a beneficial way to avoid jail time. A heroin defense attorney can help determine if drug court could be a viable option for you.
Any time you are facing criminal charges, you should be prepared to defend yourself against tough and inflexible laws. A heroin defense attorney at Ciccarelli Law Offices can help you combat the drug charges and work with you to ensure your rights are represented. Call (610) 719-3200 today so we can start preparing your defense.