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Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers

Effectively Protecting You from Serious Charges

If you have been charged with a federal drug crime, the police and prosecutors are coming at you full force. With your reputation, future, and freedom at stake, you may not know where to turn for help.

At Shaffer & Engle, our senior partner and attorney, Jeffrey Engle, is a former prosecutor in the district attorney's office who handled drug crime cases and understands how the other side approaches and prosecutes these types of cases.

Skilled Representation against Federal Drug Charges

Clients who face misdemeanor or felony drug charges benefit from Mr. Engle's decades of experience, in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system, and relationships within the court and probation office. He knows all available community resources and alternative sentencing options.

Even in serious drug crime cases, there may be options that can allow you or your child to remain in the community rather than in jail or a detention facility. Shaffer & Engle’s defense lawyers represent adults and juveniles charged with drug and drug-related crimes for any type of narcotic or drug (such as cocaine, marijuana, heroin, PCP, mushrooms, or prescription drugs) in Pennsylvania state court,

Our federal criminal defense lawyers in Harrisburg can defend you against the following types of crimes:

  • Possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Possession with intent to sell or distribute
  • Drug manufacturing and cultivation
  • Prescription fraud
  • Drug trafficking
  • Distribution
  • RICO

Alternative Sentencing in Drug Crime Cases

A significant number of people who are picked up and charged with drug crimes have a problem with addiction. We work to get our clients the rehabilitation help they need. Starting into counseling before a trial begins demonstrates ownership and a willingness to address an addiction problem. This can play in your favor when your lawyer is negotiating a plea agreement or presenting your case in court.

We encourage our clients to get the help they need outside of court — we'll do our best for you in court.

If you have been charged with a crime, contact the Harrisburg criminal defense attorneys at Shaffer & Engle. Call (717) 268-4287 and schedule a free consultation.

White Collar Crimes Defense

White collar crime charges are often highly confusing and complex. Many people charged with these crimes aren't aware of exactly which law they broke. You shouldn't assume that the police and prosecutors have a rock-solid case against you. They might not have the evidence needed for a conviction, or they may have committed procedural errors that affect your rights.

At Shaffer & Engle, our lawyers will sort out the exact charges against you. We will comb through the evidence to identify any weaknesses in the prosecution's case. We will also help you understand exactly what to expect — and explain it to you in plain language.

What it Takes to Defend against Allegations of White Collar Crime

A solid strategy early in the process is often critical for fighting allegations of white-collar crime. In these cases, much of the legwork takes place during the investigation phase, when you have not yet been charged. The sooner you involve a lawyer, the better.

Our attorneys understand how to effectively fight these accusations at any stage of proceedings — whether you're under investigation or have already been charged. We possess more than 65 years of combined legal experience.

Our lawyers have successfully defended clients facing a wide range of white collar crimes, including:

  • Mail and wire fraud
  • Credit card fraud
  • Insurance fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Internet fraud
  • Identity theft
  • Check fraud
  • Bank fraud
  • Theft

Get Solid & Experienced Legal Representation

Sentencing guidelines have been promulgated for prosecutions in federal and many state courts. There are statutory minimum and maximum terms for all crimes. There are also mandatory minimums for particular crimes based upon certain facts. The sentencing guidelines provide both state and federal prosecutors and judges with objective criteria on how to apply such sentencing terms to crimes in an even manner to all defendants that are similarly situated.

The United States Sentencing Commission was established to promulgate guidelines to be used by the federal courts when determining the sentence to be imposed in a criminal case, and appropriate ranges for sentences. Many states also have sentencing guidelines, including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Speak to Harrisburg federal criminal defense lawyer Elisabeth K.H. Pasqualini if you have questions about the federal sentencing guidelines or if you have been charged with a serious federal crime.

Regardless of the type of federal crime you are charged with, you can count on our Dauphin County criminal defense lawyers to relentlessly fight for your rights and freedom. Call (717) 268-4287 today.

What Our
Clients Have to Say

  • Jeff advised me appropriately and always responded to my calls promptly.

    “At the law offices of Shaffer & Engle, my case was handled with professionalism, compassion, and dedication. Facing criminal charges was a very frightening experience to me, but I knew I was in good hands with Jeff Engle. I had no past experiences with the judicial system. I felt I was treated with courtesy and dignity. Jeff did everything within his legal powers to provide a great service when I was in need. From my experience with Jeff, he has been more than a lawyer; he is now considered a great new friend of my family. He took a personal interest in my case and for that I am eternally grateful. Jeff always delivered on what he said to me and did everything he set out to do. Jeff fought the prosecutor (DA) every step of the way without hesitation. Jeff advised me appropriately and always responded to my calls promptly. What could have been a truly awful situation was resolved completely to my satisfaction. I am available at any time to address any questions with respect to Jeff Engle as an attorney or as a person. I hold him in the highest regard. If anyone ever wanted to see the definition of what a true attorney is...they should be able to open up a dictionary and see a picture of Jeff next to it. I would and will recommend him and his law firm to anyone looking for a knowledgeable and aggressive law firm or criminal defense attorney.”

    Tara K

  • Thank you for going above and beyond for the client I referred to you, but more importantly, thank you for the fantastic result.

    “Thank you for going above and beyond for the client I referred to you, but more importantly, thank you for the fantastic result. She was my most important client, and you really came through.”

    Attorney John D.

  • We felt she was the strongest legal advocate we could have and feel very fortunate that she represented us.

    “We found Elizabeth Pasqualini to be fully engaged in all aspects of our case. She was proactive, caring and accessible. We felt she was the strongest legal advocate we could have and feel very fortunate that she represented us. We highly recommend her.”

    J.C.

  • We recommend Shaffer & Engle to everyone and anyone, even if you are unsure if you have a case.

    “Our experience with Shaffer & Engle was beyond our expectations. Elisabeth is absolutely an amazing attorney! We were expecting to get about a 50% reduction in our case, but she surpassed that and got BOTH of the traffic tickets completely thrown out! Saving us from a driver's license suspension of up to 18 months long! She's spectacular! We recommend Shaffer & Engle to everyone and anyone, even if you are unsure if you have a case. Just ask them, they will explain all of your options and in plain English so that it makes sense to you! Elisabeth is unlike any attorney we have ever met. Very open, honest and down-to- earth......she speaks her mind freely and loudly! It gave us a more comfortable feeling having her represent us and our case! Again, Thank you so much Elisabeth, we greatly appreciate all you did for us! We will call Shaffer & Engle first for all of our future legal matters!”

    Katie & Derrick

  • He has a great personality and makes you feel welcome and comfortable.

    “Mr. Engle took our case and worked diligently from the time we hired his firm until our case was resolved. In addition he kept us well informed throughout the process with emails, letters, and phone conversations. I have worked with a number of law firms in the past 10 plus years and Attorney Engle is one of the best. He does not make you feel as if you are a burden to him when you ask questions. He has a great personality and makes you feel welcome and comfortable. He makes no promises due to the fact he is not a fortune teller but he will do everything possible to have a positive outcome for your case. I recommend Attorney Engle and his Law Firm and hold nothing but positive praise for him and his team.”

    Paul W.