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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

  • Ms. Collins took our case, she made us feel like we were her only client.

    “From the first day Ms. Collins took our case, she made us feel like we were her only client. She keeps us in the loop at all times, has put such heart and dedication into the case, and really wants the best outcome. She is positive and makes an effort to keep our spirits up with humor and a different perspective. I know for a fact she puts a lot of her personal time into her work because she wants to do the best job possible, including weekends and holidays.”

    Janay

  • 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.

  • He follows up with his clients quickly so you are at ease knowing what the status of your situation is.

    “I can’t begin to say how great Mr. Engle was on SUPER short notice. I’m from out of state and I have to say he was quick to respond and had answers to my questions. It was an INCREDIBLE relief to have him in my corner, I can’t tell you how invaluable that is. He follows up with his clients quickly so you are at ease knowing what the status of your situation is. You are in fantastic and capable hands with Mr. Engle.”

    Jessie C.

  • He treated me with respect and always made me feel like my case was his only priority.

    “Because I live out of state, I needed representation that I could trust to best represent me and my interests. Jeff Engle provided regular, thorough counsel throughout the legal process. He treated me with respect and always made me feel like my case was his only priority.”

    KH

  • Very professional, knowledgeable and straight to the point. No hesitation what so ever on how or why they tackle your case.

    “Jeff and the practice Shaffer & Engle Law are outstanding at what they do in the court room. Very professional, knowledgeable and straight to the point. No hesitation what so ever on how or why they tackle your case. They answer their emails, phone and texts promptly as they should with any retainer lawyer. I highly recommend them for any judicial system issue.”

    Mike