In New York, possession or distribution of an illegal substance is a crime and can result in years in prison and significant fines. If you have been arrested on drug charges for possession or sale of an illegal substance, you may be facing serious consequences that can affect the rest of your life. If you have a past criminal history, your punishment can be even more serious.
If you were arrested for drug possession or distribution, you could face a number of misdemeanor and felony charges. Generally, possession with intent to distribute may result in more severe penalties than simple possession for personal use. Selling drugs such as cocaine and heroin will often result in harsher penalties than marijuana possession.
The prosecution is responsible for proving that you are guilty of the crimes you are charged with. This means that they have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you had the requisite possession, knowledge and intent to commit the crime. Defending drug charges can be challenging, but there are many ways to stand up for your rights in court. For example, it may be possible to suppress evidence if law enforcement officials violated your Fourth Amendment rights via illegal searches and seizures.
New York has some of the toughest and most complex drug laws in the nation. At our law firm, we do our best to assist you without judgment and do our best to have your penalties reduced or the charges dropped. For more information on how our law firm might be able to help you, please visit our website.