Philadelphia Drug Charge Attorneys – What to Expect When You Have Been Arrested

If you’ve been arrested on drug charges in the city of Philadelphia, you need to know what to expect and you need competent, qualified Philadelphia drug charge attorneys on your side. The lawyers at Erik B. Jensen Attorneys at Law are experienced Philadelphia drug charge attorneys who will make sure that you know what you’re facing and work hard to get your charges reduced or dismissed and to clear your name.  We have successfully defended many people who have been accused of drug charges, and we can help you too.

One of the most important aspects of understanding the charges against you is to know that in some cases you may be facing charges from the state as well as from the federal government. This is because narcotics fall under both federal law and state law. Fortunately, in most cases the federal government limits their pursuit of illegal drugs to those who are charged with trafficking. If your drug charges pertain to simple possession – or even of possession with intent to deliver – you are likely to be facing charges in state court alone. Philadelphia drug charges are broken down into different levels that are referred to as schedules, with each level representing a different level of severity or type of drug. The schedules in Philadelphia are shown below:

  • Schedule I – These charges are for drugs that are defined as having no accepted medical use and having a high potential for abuse, and include heroin, LSD, ecstasy, and marijuana.
  • Schedule 2 – These charges are for drugs that do have medical applications but that still have a high potential for abuse and (as a result) come with severe restrictions. They include cocaine, methamphetamines and oxycodone.
  • Schedule 3 – These charges are for narcotics that have an accepted medical application and may still be abused but to a lesser degree. They include anabolic steroids, Vicodin, some barbiturates and ketamine.
  • Schedule 4 – These charges are for drugs that are considered controlled substances but have a lower potential for abuse and have an accepted medical use.
  • Schedule 5 – These charges are for prescription drugs such as cough suppressants that contain codeine. Though they have a medical application, they also hold the potential for abuse.

If you have been accused on drug charges it means that you possessed one of these types of drugs without a prescription or a license to possess them. Charges may be on a misdemeanor basis or considered a felony depending upon the drug involved, the amount in your possession and other circumstances. You can also be charged for possessing any equipment for the use of illegal drugs, for intending to pass drugs to somebody else, and for manufacturing drugs.

Whatever the charge against you, the Philadelphia drug charge attorneys at Erik B. Jensen Attorneys at Law are available to provide you with dedicated legal representation. Contact us today for an immediate appointment.

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