Being charged with drug possession is serious. Not only do such charges come with serious penalties, but also the charges can be quite complex. A New Yorker needs to exert actual physical ownership over the drugs to be charged with a drug crime. For example, if the authorities find drugs in one’s home or vehicle, one could be facing constructive drug possession charges, even if the drugs were not their own.
In other cases, sometimes, one is just in the wrong place at the wrong time. For example, if one is found in the company of a person charged with possession of drugs, it may be possible to be charged with presumptive possession of drugs. This may not seem fair, but it is a possibility.
In any of these situations, it is important to seek the help of a criminal defense attorney. For example, the legal team at Braunfotel & Frendel has taken on hundreds of drug offense cases. They understand what it takes to defend against such charges. By having insight as to how prosecutors prepare drug offense cases, they can better counter such arguments, analyzing them for any errors, to formulate a strong defense.
Drug charges, whether they involve heroin, marijuana, cocaine or even prescription drugs, can have a disastrous effect on a person’s life. Not only can a conviction lead to serious penalties, including jail time and fines, but also accused of such crimes can affect a person’s reputation. Therefore, if one is facing drug charges in New York, it is important to secure knowledgeable legal advice as soon as possible.