Drug charges can run the full gamut; some drug charges are misdemeanors while others are felonies. New York law closely mirrors federal law, and it’s easy to run afoul of either one if you’re involved with drugs at all.
If you’re facing charges of possession, paraphernalia, sale or trafficking you need the best representation you can get. You also need to understand what you should do in the event of an arrest, what your options are, and what you can do to give yourself the best chance of securing your freedom.
Isn’t marijuana legal now?
Many states have legalized marijuana. As of this writing, New York isn’t one of them. However, medical marijuana is legal for some patients, including those with Parkinson’s, HIV, and PTSD.
If you do not have one of these conditions and a prescription you may still be convicted of a crime for using pot.
Police officers found drugs on my person. Is it even possible to defend this case?
It depends. No aspect of criminal law is ever that straightforward. For example, if your defense attorney can prove police officers engaged in illegal search and seizure to make their case against you it may be possible to get the case thrown out of court. You’ll need a skilled, experienced attorney to make this defense stick.
You’ll want a defense attorney by your side even if your drug lawyer can’t get the case thrown out of court. A good defense attorney may be able to get your charges reduced or your sentence mitigated.
I only had a little on me. How worried should I be?
Pretty worried. Any possession of a controlled substance could lead to a criminal conviction. The amount and type of drugs could certainly impact the severity of your case, and you may only be charged with the least severe degree of criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Nevertheless, a conviction is a conviction. Any conviction could have massive lifelong consequences. Employers are especially leery of candidates with a record of drug use, for example.
Are drug offenses a state offense or a federal one?
Functionally, they can be either or both, depending on the severity of the crime, the law enforcement agency bringing charges against you, and more. Sometimes state and federal prosecutors will make agreements with one another that will impact your case as well. If the case goes to federal courts it grows even more severe, as it will ensure you don’t get an appeal if you’re found guilty. Federal drug sentences are also more severe.
It’s smart to work with a lawyer who is well versed in both state and federal law. Technically any drug offense is always both a state and a federal crime.
What’s the right time to contact a defense lawyer during a drug case?
You should contact a drug defense lawyer the moment you suspect you may be in trouble with the law. The earlier we make it into your case the more options will be available to you.
Here at Greco Neyland we’ve got the experience and passion to fight for you. Contact us today, and protect your rights.
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