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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 our Harrisburg attorneys 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

  • BEYOND AMAZING...

    “Shaffer & Engle helped me through the most traumatic turning point in my life where I felt so alone and had no support except the fact that I needed to get through my disposition to ensure I would be able to continue to excel in my college studies and provide a better life for my young daughter who I am raising alone. They provided me with encouraging words and any possible leads they had come across. I was amazed at how caring my attorney was regarding matters outside of the actual case! After court, I was able to come home and continue to be a rock for my family. Since, I have recently ran out of funding 29 credits shy of my degree but still proud to finish the last semester with a 4.0 gpa making the Deans List five times still maintain work having also begun raising my orphaned seventeen year old god daughter who I came to know as one of the trouble kids at my local Boys & Girls Club where I was hired after completing the community service requirements in my case. I do not receive any financial help from government programs for my budding family but I begged for them to take money for their exceptional service and they refused. I am forever grateful for their kindness and love each time that I look at my girls. Like my title says BEYOND AMAZING...”

    Jaimeen A.

  • They 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. They 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.

  • He treats you with respect, has a great personality, keeps you informed, makes you feel comfortable, and takes time to answer any questions.

    “Hired the Law Office to handle the new Adam Walsh Act law going into effect December 20, 2012. State of PA and State Police was requiring that I register under the new law. Not only required to register but also changing my Tier level from Tier 1 to Tier Pending. Originally was required to register as a Tier 1 for 10 years but under the new law they were requiring to register for life. Attorney Engle took the case and fought from the day he was hired until the case was resolved. This is the only Law Firm I have dealt with that work diligently and kept us well informed throughout the case. Our case Won on two levels: 1. I am no longer required to register under the new Adam Walsh Act. 2. Successfully removed my name from the Sex Offender Registry. I am no longer listed on State or Federal Megan Law web site. I have worked with several Law firms over the past 10 years and Attorney Engle is the best Attorney. He treats you with respect, has a great personality, keeps you informed, makes you feel comfortable, and takes time to answer any questions. He fought for my rights where not too many attorneys out there will. AND he WON our case against the State Attorney General and the Pennsylvania State Police. I will recommend this Law Firm to anyone that need legal representation no matter what the case might be. Big or small this is the law firm you want to hire. I cannot nor can anyone predict the same outcome but they will fight for your best interest.”

    Former client

  • 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

  • Mr. Engle was able to explain the laws in PA and got the job done in days.

    “I am an attorney in the state of Washington. I have a family law client who was in desperate need of legal assistance in PA. The case against him was affecting his ability to work. Mr. Engle contacted me as soon as my email was received and helped my client. Mr. Engle was able to explain the laws in PA and got the job done in days. I have never encountered another attorney as eager to help and get the job done. I would highly recommend Mr. Engle to anyone.”

    Pamela