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Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Michael E. Houghton

Michael E. Houghton

Michael E. Houghton brings both passion and enthusiasm to criminal defense through his extensive knowledge and experience.

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.

Ann DelCollo

Ann DelCollo

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

David Strenfel

David Strenfel is a highly experienced attorney who focuses on trial advocacy, constitutional law, and criminal defense.

Jonathon Luff

Jonathon Luff

Jonathon Luff has successfully represented countless clients and gain freedom for many wrongfully accused individuals.

Office Locations
Our Locations
Primary Location
304 North High Street West Chester, PA 19380
Secondary Locations

These locations are available by appointment only

1515 Market St., #200 Philadelphia, PA 19102
135 East State St. Kennett Square, PA 19380
600 West Germantown Pike Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
1489 Baltimore Pike Ste 221 Springfield, PA 19064
101 Lindenwood Dr, Ste 225 Malvern, PA 19355
150 N. Radnor Chester Rd Ste. F200, Radnor, PA 19087
313 West Liberty St., Ste 341 Lancaster, PA 17603
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Our firm provides excellent services at reasonable fees and accepts a variety of payment methods, including most major credit card providers.

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Lee Ciccarelli has received a 10.0 (Superb) rating on Avvo, the highest possible rating for attorneys on the site. This rating is given based on client reviews, peer endorsements, and professional experience and credentials.

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Possession of a Controlled Substance

Possession of illegal drugs is a serious crime that often leads to time behind bars for those who are convicted. In most cases, arrests made for drug possession are based solely on the arresting officer’s interpretation of the circumstances. With the help of a skillful team of West Chester defense attorneys, you can weaken the prosecution’s case by challenging the officer’s interpretation of the events leading to the arrest.

Chester County Drug Possession Defense Lawyer

The tactical team of drug crime defense lawyers at Ciccarelli Law Offices are proud to serve individuals who are facing drug charges in Coatesville, Downingtown, Exton, Willow Street, Norristown, Newton Square, and the areas surrounding Southeastern Pennsylvania. Ciccarelli Law Offices provides quality legal representation with a team oriented approach.

The attorneys at Ciccarelli Law Offices look forward to serving you. Call us today at (610) 719-3200 to set up a consultation to discuss your case and begin preparing for your rigorous defense.

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Possession of a Controlled Substance in Pennsylvania

Under Pennsylvania law, it is illegal for anyone to be in possession of a controlled substance that he or she does not have a prescription for. A controlled substance is defined as any drug that has the potential to be addictive, abused, or mentally/physically harmful. Controlled substances that are commonly abused include:

  • Marijuana
  • LSD (Acid)
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamines
  • Opium
  • Codeine
  • Heroin
  • Morphine
  • Ecstasy
  • Anabolic Steroids

An individual, who is found to be in possession of a substance listed above, or any other substance defined in Pennsylvania’s drug schedule, can be charged with the illegal possession of a controlled substance.

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Punishment for Drug Possession in Chester County

For first offenses, individuals face up to a year in prison along with a minimum of $1,000 in fines. If convicted of illegal drug possession a second time, the offender must serve a minimum of 15 days behind bars, with a potential to serve a maxim of two years, and pay a fine of at least $2,500. 

For subsequent offenses, offenders will serve a minimum of 90 days and a maximum of three years in prison, and be forced to pay a fine of at least $5,000.

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Actual vs. Constructive Possession

In order to be convicted of possession of a controlled substance, the prosecution must be able to prove that the alleged offender was in either actual or constructive possession of the drugs.

Actual possession tends to be easier to prove. For example, if a law enforcement official allegedly found drugs in your pocket, hand, backpack, or otherwise on your body, you are said to be in actual possession of the drugs.

If drugs are found within close vicinity to you, or in a place where you have control over, an arresting officer might consider you to be in constructive possession of the substance. For instance, if an officer performs a search on your vehicle, and finds drugs in the trunk, glove compartment, center console, or under the seat, he or she may determine that you possessed the drugs constructively.

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Avoiding Jail Time after Being Charged with Drug Possession

If you have been arrested for the possession of illegal drugs in the Counties of Chester, Lancaster, Delaware, or Montgomery, contact Ciccarelli Law Offices.  With offices conveniently located in Radnor, Plymouth Meeting, Kennett Square, West Chester, Lancaster, Philadelphia, King of Prussia, and Malvern, these dedicated defense attorneys serve clients in the greater Philadelphia region who are looking for a team of skilled attorneys that will give them the best chance of avoiding jail time.  

Contact Ciccarelli Law Offices today at (610) 719-3200 to set up a consultation with the experienced team of West Chester defenses lawyer. Your consultation is an important part of the defense process, and will give you an opportunity to get legal advice form experienced attorneys.


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