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PROBATION WITHOUT VERDICT PROGRAM (PWV)

PENNSYLVANIA’S SECTION 17 PROGRAM

Were you recently arrested and charged with a drug offense in Pennsylvania? Do you have a history of drug abuse and addiction?

If so, you may be highly stressed and wondering how you can beat your charges, your addiction and keep yourself out of prison. If you are a first-time drug offender in Pennsylvania, there may be another option available to you.

Section 17 of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, the Probation Without Verdict Program (PWV) allows some individuals with a first offense drug charge an option to serve their sentence outside of jail and possibly have their record cleared upon completion of the program. This program is alternately referred to as Pennsylvania’s Section 17 program.

Don’t be scared. Be prepared.

At Shrager Defense Attorneys we understand that good people make mistakes. We are here to help you understand the charges you face as well as the options you have under the law.

Call Attorney David J. Shrager today. He is personally available via his cell phone 24/7 and will give you a free initial legal consultationYou can call or text him anytime at 412-969-2540.

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BEING ARRESTED FOR DRUGS DOES NOT HAVE TO
MEAN THAT YOU WILL BE CONVICTED.

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FREE LEGAL CONSULTATION: 412-969-2540.
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QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE PROBATION WITHOUT VERDICT PROGRAM

The rules and qualifications for the PWV program are highly specific and very selective. You should seek the advisement of a qualified and experienced Pittsburgh Drug Crime Attorneys to see if this program is available to you.

In order to qualify for the Probation without Verdict Program in Pennsylvania, you must:

  • Not have ANY prior charges on your criminal record
  • It must be your first offense
  • It must be a non-violent drug charge
  • Provide testimony from a doctor or psychologist who is trained in substance abuse documenting your struggle with drug addiction/abuse
  • Be willing to plead “nolo contendere” or guilty to your charges

You are NOT qualified for the Probation without Verdict Program if any of the following apply to you:

  • Any person who has previously been convicted of an offense under this act or similar act of the United States or any other state.
  • Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony in this Commonwealth or an equivalent crime under the laws of any other state.
  • Any person who has been placed on Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition where the person was charged with a violation of this act or the commission of a misdemeanor or felony in this Commonwealth.
  • Any person who is charged with or has pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to multiple offenses which are based on separate conduct or arise from separate criminal episodes such that those offenses could be tried separately in accordance with 18 Pa.C.S. § 110 (relating to when prosecution barred by former prosecution for different offense).
  • Any person who is a dangerous juvenile offender under 42 Pa.C.S. § 6302 (relating to definitions) or who was adjudicated delinquent for conduct which would constitute a violation of clause (30) or (37) of subsection (a) of section 13 of this act.
  • Any person who is charged with violating clause (14), (30) or (37) of subsection (a) of section 13 of this act.

It is imperative that you are able to document and prove your dependency on drugs to the court. The purpose of the program is to help overcome addiction and keep your criminal record clean so you can move forward with your life.

You must successfully complete all of the requirements of the program. The term of probation shall be for a specific time period not to exceed the maximum for the offense upon such reasonable terms and conditions as the court may require.

Once all of the expectations have been met, you may then go back to court and petition to have the arrest and charges permanently erased from your record. However, if you fail to meet all of your obligations under the program, the court can enter a judgment against you and proceed with its typical sentencing.

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BEING ARRESTED FOR DRUGS DOES NOT HAVE TO
MEAN THAT YOU WILL BE CONVICTED.

CONTACT DAVID J. SHRAGER TODAY FOR A
FREE LEGAL CONSULTATION: 412-969-2540.
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What Shrager Defense Attorneys Can Do for You

Protect your future.

A drug charge is a serious threat to your future. Attorney Shrager can help you determine if the PWV program is the best option for you.

Our Pittsburgh Criminal Attorneys the experience and resources to use every strategy available in order to try to have your charges reduced or dropped.

We will examine your case closely and seek out details that may make all the difference in getting a positive outcome for your case.

We are dedicated to our clients and treat them with respect and dignity. We will work closely with you to help you understand your situation and your options and we are always available to answer your questions and address your concerns.

If you or a family member have been arrested or charged with a drug crime call Shrager Defense Attorneys today.

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Shrager Defense Attorneys in Pittsburgh, PA will attack your criminal charges in order to protect your good name. Have a sound and solid case prepared by David J. Shrager and his legal team so they can fight for your rights.