Beating Drug Charges in Philadelphia
If you have been charged with possession of drugs in Philadelphia or possession with the intent to deliver drugs, also known as PWID, you need a criminal defense lawyer who has experience fighting cases where police claim to have observed the alleged sale or sales, conducted surveillance operations, stings, controlled purchases using a Confidential Informant or “CI”, and illegal searches and seizures of your person or property. If members of the Philadelphia Police Department or other police unit search your car without a warrant, you’ll want to hire a lawyer who knows how to fight your charges with a motion to suppress. Wimmer Criminal Defense Law is ready to win for you.
Drug charges like PWID can leave a lasting impression on your record, preventing you from gaining employment or housing even if you have simply been arrested and not convicted. At Wimmer Criminal Defense Law, we have successfully beat drug cases in Philadelphia Municipal Court at the preliminary hearing level and in the Court of Common Pleas. Through aggressive cross-examination, we have convinced judges that a police officer’s versions of events is not credible and that our client is innocent. When the police fail to get a warrant or make false statements in the warrant, we are prepared to show the judge that the evidence is tainted and should not be admitted if the case were to move any further.
If you’ve stumbled upon this blog, you or a loved one has likely been charged with drug related offenses in Philadelphia or one of the surrounding counties. Whether you are accused of selling, manufacturing, or simply possessing marijuana, cocaine, crack, heroin, fentanyl, or pills, we have the knowledge and experience to fight your charges to give you the best possible chance at remaining conviction free.
Hiring a Philadelphia Drug Lawyer
Whether this is your first arrest or you have been wrapped up in the Philadelphia criminal justice system on prior occasions, the stakes are the same. The goal is to avoid a conviction and prison at all possible costs. At Wimmer Criminal Defense Law, we provide each potential client with a consultation to discuss the arrest and the allegations surrounding the charges. Together, we work to come up with a solution to either beat your drug charges or negotiate the best possible offer. The goal is always to fight. If the search is clean with no legitimate legal issues to raise that might result in dismissal of the charges, we will be straightforward with you. Some lawyers will “talk the talk” and claim to be the best lawyer in Philly. Our clients appreciate the honesty that comes with hiring our law office.
How long each criminal case takes to resolve depends on the nature of the charges, the number of co-defendants, the length of the investigation and the circumstances surrounding how the investigation unfolded, the number of witnesses, laboratory reports, and so forth. If you have been charged with felony drug offenses in Philadelphia, the first hearing you will have after preliminary arraignment is the preliminary hearing. The preliminary hearing judge is not concerned with whether the search was legal or not or whether the police are lying or not. The purpose of the preliminary hearing is simply to establish if there is enough evidence at this very early stage of the case to move it forward.
If you are charged with drug offenses and the drugs were not recovered from you and were, for example, found in a vehicle, your criminal defense lawyer will cross-examine the Commonwealth’s witnesses to show the preliminary hearing judge that there is not enough to prove “constructive possession” and that the charges should be dismissed. If the drugs are alleged to have been recovered from your person, even if the cop is lying, we’ll be fighting to show that they were for personal use and that the felony level charges should be dismissed so that your case remains in Philadelphia Municipal Court.
Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer Lauren A. Wimmer has been recognized by SuperLawyers as one of the top criminal defense attorneys in the region. Every client of Wimmer Criminal Defense Law is represented by Ms. Wimmer personally. Navigating the criminal justice system is confusing and overwhelming. A drug conviction could follow you for the rest of your life. Allow us to explain the criminal process to you and show you how we can beat your drug case. Call (215) 712-1212 for a confidential consultation with a criminal defense attorney today.
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