Unparalleled Criminal Defense Experience
- Focused exclusively on criminal defense
- Handled over 8,500 criminal defense cases
- Represented clients in more than 250 jury trials
- Represented clients in more than 1,000 non-jury trials and suppression hearings
Pennsylvania Drug Charge Attorney
Drug offenses are some of the most heavily prosecuted charges in both Pennsylvania state and federal courts. They also carry some of the stiffest penalties under the sentencing guidelines. If you are charged with a state or federal drug crime, you need aggressive legal representation from an experienced criminal law attorney.
I am John J. Kerrigan, Jr. Since 1972 I have represented people facing drug charges in Bucks County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia County. My experience ranges from state charges for simple possession to major federal trafficking charges. I have handled over 8500 cases, including 250 jury trials and over 1000 non-jury trials. In your case, I will leave no stone unturned in the effort to defend your rights and freedom. Contact me to schedule a free initial consultation about your case.
Defending Felony Drug Charges
If you have been charged with a felony drug crime, such as possession with intent to deliver, drug trafficking, or drug delivery (sale), you face serious consequences, including mandatory sentences for these crimes. You also face the life-long stigma of being a felony drug offender, which can affect your career prospects and employability.
Many drug cases hinge on search and seizure and other Fourth Amendment issues. I understand the law regarding these basic rights, and will explore every opportunity to suppress evidence against you.
If possible, I will work to get the charges dismissed or reduced to misdemeanors. If your decision is to go to trial, I will aggressively defend you at all stages of the legal process. If a conviction cannot be avoided, I will do everything I can to persuade the court to stay on the lower end of the sentencing guidelines.
Avoiding a Misdemeanor Conviction
Some people facing misdemeanor drug charges may be eligible for a Pennsylvania Section 17 outcome. This avoids a conviction, provided that you stay out of trouble and comply with the terms of the agreement. If you qualify and want that outcome, I can negotiate with the prosecutor to obtain a Section 17 disposition for you.
Preventing Forfeitures and Recovering Your Property
Both the state and federal justice systems have forfeiture laws that allow the government to seize any property involved in drug crimes. Even a car that belongs to the parents of a child accused of using drugs while in the car can be seized. I will work hard to prevent forfeiture or get your property back.
Free Consultation with a Lawyer
To arrange for a free consultation, contact me. I can review your case and discuss potential defense strategies with you. I represent clients throughout Bucks County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia County, and also Federal Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.