Camden County Drug Possession Charges and Penalties
11/23/2020Lawmakers in New Jersey have enacted strict drug possession laws. If law enforcement officers charge you with the possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), you might be intimidated and overwhelmed at penalties like imprisonment and substantial fines. In such a difficult situation, you need a New Jersey criminal defense lawyer with the expertise and proven track record in fighting drug charges to help you. If there has ever been a time to protect your rights, that time is now. The outcome of your charges will impact the rest of your life. Contact a Camden County criminal defense lawyer today. Drug Possession as Defined by New Jersey Law If someone knowingly obtained, had on their person, or had constructive control over an illegal substance, they can be charged with various degrees of drug possession charges. An illegal substance can be hard drugs like cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl, as well as prescription drugs, such as Xanax or Percocet, for which the individual doesn't
Crack Cocaine Possession in Philadelphia
11/16/2020A crack cocaine possession charge in Philadelphia can be upsetting and overwhelming, leaving you worried about your future, reputation, job, and family. However, a possession of illegal drugs charge doesn’t always lead to a criminal conviction. Not every individual found to be in possession of narcotics receives a felony drug charge conviction, especially those that hire the right Philadelphia criminal defense attorney to protect their interests. Types of Crack Cocaine Possession Charges Two different types of crack cocaine possession charges exist: For personal use, known as “simple possession” For the purpose of selling or distributing the cocaine, known as “possession with intent to deliver” or PWID
Philly Gun Possession Penalties
11/9/2020Under the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution, you have the right to bear arms. Article 1, Section 21 of the Pennsylvania Constitution also upholds this right by stating: "The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned." However, state and local governments can apply regulations and stipulations to gun ownership and possession based on criminal history and other factors. It's imperative that you know your rights, legal obligations, and the requirements to own a gun and what types of gun charges you could be at risk for if you unlawfully possess a fi
Rule 35 Motions in Federal Court
11/2/2020If you have been sentenced in federal court and are now serving a sentence of incarceration in the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and have cooperated with the federal government to help them attempt to prosecute another individual, a skilled Philadelphia federal criminal defense attorney can file a Rule 35 motion to reduce your sentence or request the government file a Rule 35 motion on your behalf. Although this motion is not always successful and is no guarantee of receiving a reduced sentence, you can significantly improve your chances with the right legal counsel on your side. What Is a Rule 35 Federal Motion? Rule 35(b) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
How Can I Get House Arrest in Philadelphia?
10/29/2020You have been arraigned on new criminal charges and are stuck in jail with a high bail that you cannot afford to pay. Maybe you have already been convicted of criminal charges, and now you are prepared to go to jail. In either situation, you won't necessarily have to “do time” in a state or county prison. Some individuals are eligible to receive alternatives to prison, including a suspended sentence, probation, fines, community service, and house arrest. These alternatives can be beneficial to not only the person charged or convicted but also the criminal justice system. They help keep jail populations manageable and can be more economical. If you are curious about getting house arrest either pre-trial or after your conviction, don't delay speaking with an experienced Philadelphia criminal defense attorney. What Is House Arrest? The United States cri
Philadelphia Drug Court Program
10/21/2020As the war on drugs commenced in the 1980s and the criminal justice system began to clog with low-level drug cases, significant court delays and other problems developed. Philadelphia was home to one of the early drug court programs that reduced the days required for processing a case and increased annual case dispositions. Drug courts are grounded in the concept that not all criminal cases are alike or require the same investment of court resources or time. They are an ideal alternative to a jail sentence for many offenders and also save the courts time and money. If you are interested in pursuing admission into a drug court program in Philadelphia, talk to a Philadelphia criminal defense attorney today. You
What is a Waiver Trial in Philadelphia?
10/16/2020In the early 1980s, over 50 percent of federal trials were waiver trials. By 2016, only 29 percent of trials were waiver trials. With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, it's entirely possible that Pennsylvania courts including the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas could see the pendulum swing back the other way. The Philadelphia criminal court system was barely operating for nearly five months as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, creating an even more significant backlog of cases than previously existed. Cases that were scheduled for preliminary hearings, pre-trial conferences, and both jury and waiver trials were given status listings so that they could be scheduled for an uncertain date in the future. Many trials scheduled for this year have now been given dates in 2021. Forgoing a jury trial in favor of a waiver tri
PA GUN LAWS ABOUT MAGAZINE CAPACITY
10/5/2020In Pennsylvania, as in every other state, firearms and ammunition fall under a variety of state and federal laws. In some cases, Pennsylvania’s laws go further than federal laws do, imposing additional restrictions on the ability to possess firearms or carry a weapon in some public places. Understanding how both state and federal laws affect your rights to purchase, possess, and carry guns can help keep you out of legal trouble. One of the most commonly asked questions regarding gun laws in PA pertains to magazine capacity, specifically whether large capacity magazines are legal in Pennsylvania. An experienced criminal defense attorney in PA can provide you with direct answers regarding your case, and help you determine the best approach for dealing with any potential criminal charges related to gun ownership.
SIMPLE ASSAULT PUNISHMENT IN PENNSYLVANIA
9/28/2020If you are facing simple assault charges in PA, your potential punishment could be substantial. The Pennsylvania code regarding simple assault can be complex to interpret as the potential penalties can vary based on the nature of the charges. For any form of simple assault, however, you face substantial fines and the possibility of jail time, along with a variety of other potential penalties such as court costs. Perhaps the most daunting prospect is the permanent criminal record you will have upon conviction. Your offense will become a part of the public record and accessible to anyone who runs a background check on you, including potential employers, landlords, and others. If you have been charged with simple assault in PA, or you might be facing such charges, contact a Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer
WHAT HAPPENS IF A COP DOESN’T READ YOU YOUR RIGHTS
9/21/2020Have you or a loved one been arrested or interrogated without being read your Miranda rights? If so, the police may have violated your legal rights under the U.S. Constitution. Whether the police violated your legal rights depends on the details of your case. If your rights were violated, it could provide a legal basis for getting your case thrown out or for suppressing evidence at trial. A civil rights or criminal defense attorney can help determine whether your rights were violated and how it might affect your criminal case. If your arrest took place in Philadelphia or the surrounding areas, contact Philadelphia based civil rights and criminal defense law firm Wimmer Criminal Defense Law for help. What Are Miranda Rights? The