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Tough Defenses Against Tough Drug Prosecutions

Whether you experimented with drugs in one or two occasions, or you are dependent on drugs, a criminal arrest could affect you for the rest of your life. A conviction for a drug charge could impact your education and future job prospects. Prosecutors are tough on those accused of drug crimes in Pennsylvania. To protect your rights, it is important to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer before talking to anybody else.

At the Law Office of Lance T. Marshall in State College, I understand cases from the inside out. Having worked as a prosecutor for 10 years prior to opening my criminal defense practice, I know the tactics law enforcement will use to build a case against you. I know how to evaluate your case to identify any areas of weakness and how to challenge the evidence against you.

Effective Defenses Against All Types Of Drug Charges

My Central Pennsylvania law firm is dedicated to empowering my clients by making sure they understand their options in criminal cases. I listen to you and build an effective defense that is customized to address all of the details of your case. My goal is to obtain the best possible outcome for you.

I defend against a variety of different drug crimes, including:

  • Possession: Even misdemeanor possession of marijuana can have serious consequences. Defense in these cases is complicated, and it’s important to have an experienced possession attorney on your side.
  • Distribution-related charges: Pennsylvania law enforcement has increased its efforts to prevent distribution of marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine and heroin. Charges could include delivery, manufacturing, trafficking and conspiracy.

What You Should Do If You Are Stopped By A Police Officer

It can be intimidating to be approached by a police officer. Even so, you should never consent to a search of your home, person or vehicle. By refusing to give the police permission to conduct a search, you preserve an important defense. The police will have to show that they had probable cause to believe you were committing a crime.

Politely tell the police that you do not allow the search. Although the police will likely search anyway, you do not need to do any more. Do not physically resist the search. Always ask to speak to an attorney before talking with the police.

Get Advice About Your Rights And Options

If you have been arrested in Altoona or State College and want to speak with a skilled drug crime defense attorney, call me at 814-308-0422. You may also contact my firm by email. All meetings are confidential and there is no cost for your initial consultation.