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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

  • Elisabeth took our case and provided great counsel, direction, and splendid representation throughout the legal process.

    “I needed a criminal defense lawyer for a family member. So, having been represented by Shaffer & Engle previously, I contacted them. Elisabeth took our case and provided great counsel, direction, and splendid representation throughout the legal process. The case was dismissed which was the best verdict that could be achieved. We are so thankful and blessed to have had such a wonderful attorney!”

    Ernie M.

  • Very thankful to all of them

    “Working through legal issues can be stressful to say the least. The Firm of Shaffer & Engle was experienced, communicative, thorough and kind. Very thankful to all of them and glad to have had the pleasure to work with such a great team.”

    T.P.

  • 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.

  • She has my highest recommendation for her knowledge, analytical skills, and demeanor.

    “Attorney Collins represented me in the most professional manner. I had the best possible outcome. I am grateful for her insight, her promptness, and her support for me. She has my highest recommendation for her knowledge, analytical skills, and demeanor.”

    Glen

  • He took the time to explain the process, understand the facts of my case and provide suggestions like retaining a private investigator.

    “I came to Shaffer & Engle Law Offices searching for hope after I entered a plea in my criminal case. I had a false allegation filed against me for a sexual offense that I did not commit. I was involved with another lawyer for 2 ½ years, when it came down to day before court we felt he was not prepared to represent me. I either took the plea of "Nolo Contendere" or went to jail the day of the trial. I felt trapped. I had this allegation against me and I was innocent. I met with the Attorney Engle. He took the time to explain the process, understand the facts of my case and provide suggestions like retaining a private investigator. He offered to represent me and quickly moved to withdraw my guilty plea. That was granted by the court and we proceeded to prepare for trial. They uncovered many things that our other lawyer did not bother to investigate. They met with character witnesses after hours to make sure my defense would be solid. Long story short, the DA in my case withdrew the charges. I went from a convicted man to completely being vindicated. Shaffer and Engle Law Offices also were able to assist me in another matter relating to the criminal case, but in civil court. The same results, all charges were dismissed. I appreciate the work they did, their prompt service, care and attention they showed to me and my family. I found their services to be affordable when compared to what they did for me. I would highly recommend them for anyone charged with a crime that they did not do.”

    JH