No matter what your personal beliefs are on the legalization of drugs, the fact remains that the unlawful possession of any controlled substance in New York City is a crime. Prosecutors take a harsh stance on drug crimes, aggressively prosecuting possession of even a small amount of drugs. The best way to achieve a favorable result for your drug charges is to retain a skilled New York City drug defense lawyer.
For more than two decades, I’ve worked to defend the people of New York against drug charges. In many cases, what a person needs is not jail time, but treatment. I am committed to compassionate, honest representation of my clients who are facing drug charges. I take the time to listen to your concerns, and I’ll make sure that you understand the charges against you. Whenever possible, I’ll negotiate a deal to get the charges reduced or dismissed. But if we can’t reach an agreement, I’ll aggressively defend you in court, arguing all factual and legal defenses to the charge.
Drug Possession Is A Serious Crime
In the state of New York, the possession and distribution of drugs are considered serious crimes. The state maintains a schedule of drugs that classifies them according to how dangerous they are. If you are arrested for possession of any drug on the schedule of controlled substances, you may be facing significant jail time.
It is illegal to possess marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, Ecstasy and other street drugs. It is also unlawful to possess prescription drugs without a valid prescription; this includes Oxycontin, Vicodin, Xanax and other medications. While mere possession of these drugs can lead to charges, possession of a larger quantity of drugs can be charged with possession with intent to distribute — which carries far heavier sentences.
Penalties for drug charges vary considerably based on the type of controlled substance and the amount involved. If you have prior convictions or were caught with weapons in addition to drugs, the charges may be elevated.