Email or Call (215) 564-0644

    Criminal Lawyers – Scranton Murder, Drug Cases

    Criminal Defense Lawyers

    Scranton Criminal Charges – FREE CONSULTATIONS (215) 564-0644

    Our criminal law firm handles major felony cases in the Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton area, including:

    Criminal Murder Cases in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre & Hazleton

    In the last decade, Lackawanna County (Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton) has seen an overall increase in the annual number of violent crimes, including murder and attempted murder. Many murder and attempted murder cases are related to drug dealing, which has greatly increased in the last decade. Lackawanna and Luzerne counties have seen increased rates of drug crime convictions. This is due in large part to an increase in the heroin trade and close proximity to the PA-NJ-NY drug corridor.

    Related News: Charges for Pennsylvania Teens, Drug Dealing Causing Death in East Stroudsburg

    Murder Charges in Lackawanna Cases

    Our criminal trial attorneys meticulously prepare each criminal case for trial. Our lawyers have defended a variety of murder charges in the greater Philadelphia area including:

    • First Degree Murder
    • Second Degree Murder (Felony Murder)
    • Third Degree Murder
    • Attempted Murder

    Preparing the best defense possible requires a skilled trial lawyer who will carefully analyze the legal and factual issues. Constitutional issues such as violations of the 4th, 5th or 6th Amendments often come into play, in favor of the accused. In addition, trial tactics showing weaknesses of the prosecution’s case may result in a favorable verdict.

    First & Second Degree Murder – Life in Prison

    Under Pennsylvania law, a conviction for first or second degree murder will result in a mandatory life sentence, without the possibility of parole. An alternative sentence for a first degree murder conviction is the death penalty. Given the gravity of the potential punishment, it is crucial to prepare and present the absolute best defense possible.

    Drug/Gun Cases in Scranton

    In the Scranton, Wilkes-Barre area, one of the most common types of cases are drug and gun charges, in both the state and federal courts. Drugs such as heroin, crack and marijuana are very common. Heroin dealing and possession charges have been increasing over the last few years. There has been a stark increase in the number of heroin overdose deaths in the area. Individuals who are charged with drug or gun related offenses often face steep prison sentences, depending on the amount of drugs involved, prior offenses, etc.

    Related: Heroin Possession and Drug Dealing Charges in Scranton, PA

    Facing Criminal Charges in Scranton? Call our criminal lawyers for a FREE consultation – (215) 564-0644

    Get More Criminal Legal Information

    Disclaimer: This website does not create any attorney-client relationship or provide legal advice. Our lawyers provide legal advice only after accepting a case. It is imperative that any action taken is done on advice of counsel. Read full disclaimer below.

    Page last reviewed and updated: June 8, 2020

    David S. Nenner

    "Top Rated Criminal Defense Lawyer"

    MURDER, Att. Murder CHARGES – Negotiated Significantly Lower prison sentence (Feb. 2022, PHILA)

    Mr. Anderson faced murder and attempted murder charges after an incident in Northeast Philadelphia involving the shooting death of Anderson’s sister’s boyfriend and the boyfriend’s roommate who was shot 5 times and survived. The decedent had previously beaten the...


    The Commonwealth alleged that Mr. Shelton shot and seriously injured a male in a bar in North Philadelphia called Circles. There was video of the shooting which happened outside the bar. However, Mr. Nenner presented witnesses who testified that the person in the bar...


    Mr. Nenner's client was charged with multiple crimes (murder, conspiracy, aggravated assault, robbery, etc.) after a shooting death occurred at a gambling house in North Philadelphia. At trial, Mr. Nenner successfully presented a self-defense argument and convinced...


    Mr. Nenner’s client was charged with murder and gun charges in Philadelphia. The client was accused of shooting and killing another male on Arch Street near the 5600 block of Ithan Street in Philadelphia. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty after deliberating...

    Drug Possession Case – Motion to Suppress Granted

    Mr. Nenner presented evidence that to show that the traffic stop was a pretextual stop. The officer had no reason to pull the car over. The judge agreed and suppressed the evidence. As a result, the prosecution withdrew the charges.

    Sentencing for 1st Degree Murder in PA

    In this article below we discuss sentencing for 1st degree murder cases in Pennsylvania. In later articles, we will discuss sentencing for 2nd and 3rd degree murder cases. If you or a loved one is facing murder charges in Philadelphia or the surrounding counties,...

    Philadelphia Criminal Trials – Evidence Pointing to Another Perpetrator in Drug Possession or Drug Manufacture Cases

    In criminal trials in Philadelphia, one pretty common defense tactic is pointing the finger at another person at trial. This can raise enough doubt to result in a not guilty verdict by the judge or jury that the defendant was not the perpetrator of the crime. Here’s...

    Philadelphia Murder & Gun Possession Cases Increasing in 2021 – A Look at Common Charges & Defenses

    A look at PA criminal law for Murder (1st, 2nd, 3rd Degree), Aggravated Assault, Robbery, Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Firearm Without a License, Carrying a Firearm in Philadelphia (misdemeanor).

    Pennsylvania Murder Charges, Deceased Person’s Statements Used to Prove Guilt

    Defense Trial Strategies – Excluding Statements That Accuse the Defendant Prosecutors often look to a deceased individual’s statements made prior to a murder to show that the defendant is guilty. These statements may point to a history of violence between the deceased...

    Pennsylvania (State) Drug Charges, Dog Sniffs & Constitutional Law

    Federal and Pennsylvania state courts treat narcotics dog searches differently. So different that the same scenario could result in different outcomes in federal versus state court. For example, a Philadelphia resident is pulled over for speeding. During the traffic...