Practice Areas


Being charged with possession of a controlled substance is an experience that likely brings up a flood of questions and worries. A possession charge can significantly hinder your future goals, whether they’re educational opportunities, employment prospects, or even housing applications.

At Chieppor & Egner LLC, we understand the gravity of these charges and are dedicated to providing you with a strong, comprehensive defense aimed at preserving your future and protecting your freedoms.

What Are the Implications of a Possession Charge?

Firstly, it’s important to understand what you’re up against. A possession charge can range from a simple misdemeanor involving a small amount of marijuana to a felony charge for possession of harder drugs like cocaine or methamphetamine. The penalties also vary significantly and can include fines, probation, mandatory drug treatment, and even jail or prison time.

Immediate Action is Key

One of the most effective ways to help your defense is to take immediate action. Voluntarily entering a substance abuse treatment program can provide a strong bargaining chip during plea negotiations. It can signal to the court and the prosecution that you are committed to reforming your behavior, potentially leading to lesser charges or more lenient sentencing. We can guide you through the process of selecting and enrolling in an appropriate program, ensuring that your proactive steps are documented and used in your defense.

Customized Defense Strategies

No two possession cases are the same. The type and amount of the substance, the circumstances of the arrest, and your prior criminal history all contribute to the complexity of your case.

Our team analyzes all these elements, from the initial police report to the eventual charges filed. We challenge any irregularities or procedural violations, such as unlawful search and seizures or lapses in chain-of-custody for the evidence, which could result in getting the case dismissed or the charges reduced.

Negotiating with the Prosecution

Negotiating with the prosecution is a critical aspect of any possession case and one where Chieppor & Egner LLC truly shines. Our unique background as former prosecutors for Lancaster County provides us with a deep understanding of the methods, motivations, and strategies used by the prosecution. This is actionable intelligence that we leverage to build a stronger defense for you.

When we sit across the table from the prosecution, we know the kinds of evidence they find compelling, the statutory limitations they must work within, and the pressures they’re under to resolve cases. This understanding informs every aspect of our negotiation strategy. We can predict with a high degree of accuracy what the prosecution is likely to do next, allowing us to counter their arguments, produce compelling alternative narratives, and propose favorable plea agreements that they are more likely to accept.

Our former roles have helped us build professional relationships with key players in the legal system, including prosecutors and judges. We understand their priorities and constraints, making us more effective advocates for you. These relationships can facilitate smoother, more productive negotiations and can sometimes result in quicker case resolutions, minimizing the emotional and financial toll on you.

Our objective in these negotiations is to reduce the immediate impact of the charge—be it through dropped charges, reduced sentences, or diversion programs—but also to mitigate the long-term repercussions on your criminal record. We want to leave you in a position where you can move forward, unhindered by the limitations that come with a criminal record.

Choosing Chieppor & Egner LLC means you’re getting a strategic partner equipped with the skills and insider knowledge to negotiate effectively with the prosecution. This approach has led to favorable outcomes for many of our clients, and it’s what sets us apart in the competitive landscape of criminal defense.

The Lasting Impact of a Possession Charge and How We Can Help

The lasting impact of a possession charge is an issue that impacts several aspects of your life, often in ways that may not be immediately obvious.
The initial concern most people have is, understandably, the immediate legal consequences—potential jail time, fines, and a mark on your criminal record. However, the collateral damage caused by a possession charge can be equally, if not more, devastating. At Chieppor & Egner LLC, we recognize this broader spectrum of challenges and are committed to offering a comprehensive legal service that goes beyond courtroom representation to help you regain control of your life.

It’s no secret that a criminal record can severely limit your employment prospects. Many employers perform background checks and may be hesitant to hire someone with a criminal record, particularly in fields like healthcare, education, and law enforcement. Even in less regulated industries, a criminal record can tip the balance in favor of another candidate. We understand these challenges, and part of our service includes advising you on navigating job searches post-conviction. Whether it’s understanding your rights concerning disclosure or identifying employers with more lenient hiring policies, our goal is to position you for success in the job market.

The challenges don’t stop at employment; housing can become another major hurdle. Many landlords require background checks and may be unwilling to rent to someone with a criminal history. This restriction can limit your housing options, forcing you to live in less desirable neighborhoods or under less-than-ideal living conditions. Our team can help you understand your rights and advocate for you where possible. We can also refer you to organizations and resources that assist people in your situation in finding suitable housing.

The repercussions of a possession charge can also extend into the educational world. A criminal record could disqualify you from certain educational opportunities and make it more challenging to secure financial aid or scholarships. Given the rising costs of education, this can be a serious setback. At Chieppor & Egner LLC, we’re committed to your long-term well-being. We can advise you on educational pathways that might be more accommodating of your circumstances and guide you on how to address your criminal record in college applications or interviews, allowing you to continue your educational journey.

Choosing Chieppor & Egner LLC gives you a full-spectrum support system. Our attorneys, Jonathan Chieppor and Alex Egner, bring years of legal experience and also a deep understanding of the challenges that come with a criminal charge. Armed with this perspective and our unique background as former prosecutors, we strive to put you back on the path to a life that is as fulfilling and free from restrictions as possible.

Contact a Lancaster Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you’re facing a possession charge, it’s not just your immediate freedom at stake but also your long-term future. At Chieppor & Egner LLC, we understand the life-altering implications of a possession charge and are committed to fighting for you every step of the way. Our goal is to help you come out of this experience with your dignity and future intact.

Don’t let a possession charge change the course of your life. With the right legal representation, you can move past this challenging situation toward a future that isn’t defined by a single mistake.

Take the first step by contacting Chieppor & Egner LLC today. Our team of defense attorneys is ready to provide you with the defense you need. Call us at 717-393-1400 or contact us online to schedule a consultation and discuss your case. Your future is worth it, and we’re here to help you protect it.