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Rockland County Drug Crime Attorney

If you’ve been arrested for drug possession in Rockland County, this is undoubtedly a difficult time for you. Naturally, you may have many questions. Fortunately, a skilled Rockland County drug crime lawyer from Greco Neyland, PC, can answer those questions and provide an effective defense against your drug charges.

Rockland County Drug Crime Lawyer

Greco Neyland, PC: Trusted and Experienced Rockland County Drug Crime Lawyers

If you’re accused of a drug crime, it’s important to have a trusted legal advocate in your corner. At Greco Neyland, PC, criminal defense is our primary focus. We have spent years practicing criminal law and are prepared to fight on your behalf.

Greco Neyland, PC, has represented countless clients across the boroughs of New York City and in Rockland County who have been charged with drug-related crimes by the state or federal government. Our attorneys, Jeffery L. Greco, Dustan O. Neyland, and Eli Crozier, are former New York County prosecutors with in-depth knowledge of the key elements required for a successful prosecution. They can leverage this experience to construct a full, comprehensive defense by meticulously investigating your charges.

If you have been charged with drug possession, you need a lawyer on your side with the experience to represent you and understand all the possible defenses that can be used in this case. Our team regularly handles cases ranging from possession of a small quantity of drugs to serious felony drug offenses. We are familiar with the drug laws in New York, the tactics employed by prosecutors, and how to mount a defense for you to handle whatever charges you are facing.

Types of Drug Possession Charges in New York

Drug possession charges in New York can vary significantly based on the type and quantity of the drug, along with the circumstances surrounding the arrest. Some common charges include:

  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance: This charge can range from the seventh degree (a misdemeanor) to higher degrees (felonies), depending on the amount and type of the drug.
  • Possession With Intent to Distribute: Charges are enhanced if there is evidence that the drugs were gained with the intent to distribute rather than for personal use.
  • Possession of Marijuana: While New York has decriminalized small amounts of marijuana, possession of larger quantities or with the intent to sell still carries serious penalties.

Defense Strategies for Drug Possession Charges

We adapt our defenses according to the specific details of the case. One common defense is questioning the search and seizure. We investigate the circumstances of your arrest to make sure that your rights under the Fourth Amendment were not violated. If your rights were not observed and the evidence was obtained illegally, we can move to suppress the evidence.

We also look for issues in the prosecution’s evidence, looking for any opening that can be exploited in your defense. In some cases, we can get you into an alternative program, such as drug treatment court, which can lead to lesser charges or a dismissal of the charges after the program.

The Importance of Early Legal Intervention

If you’ve been charged with possession of drugs, early intervention by experienced counsel can help you obtain a more favorable outcome. It is important to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible, either when you know that an investigation is being done or as soon as you are charged. This allows us to preserve evidence and witnesses. It also helps us begin negotiations with the prosecutor prior to the charges being filed.

The earlier we are involved, the sooner we can begin building a defense, which frequently can and often does make all the difference.


Q: What Is the Statute of Limitations on Drug Charges in NY?

A: In New York, the statute of limitations depends on the kind of drug crime that is alleged and the circumstances surrounding it. For misdemeanor drug charges, the statute of limitations is typically shorter than the statute for felony drug charges.

Under specified circumstances, the statute of limitations is tolled or even extended. For instance, if the defendant leaves the state, the statute’s clock might stop running until the defendant returns. This way, a defendant can’t simply check out of the jurisdiction to escape prosecution.

Q: What Is Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree in NY?

A: The charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree in New York is a misdemeanor. This charge usually applies when someone is knowingly in possession of a small amount of a controlled substance in violation of New York law. While it is a misdemeanor, the conviction can have significant consequences, such as up to a year in jail, probation, and a criminal record.

Q: What Is the Penal Law for Possession of Drugs in NY?

A: The penal law for possession of drugs in New York is outlined in Article 220 of the New York Penal Law. This article defines and identifies crimes that involve the manufacture, sale, and possession of controlled substances in New York. The article also describes the classifications and penalties for possession of controlled substances.

Q: What Is a Class 1 Drug Felony in NY?

A: People who are charged with drug felonies in New York have the charges categorized in Classes A through E, with A being the most serious. A Class A-I felony, commonly called a Class 1 drug felony, is the most serious in the Class A category. A Class A-I felony includes, among other offenses, operating as a major trafficker. Convictions can range from several years to life, depending on the particulars of a given case and the defendant’s record.

Contact a Rockland County Drug Crime Lawyer Today

Greco Neyland, PC, is here to help you navigate the complexities of drug possession charges and ensure that your rights are protected every step of the way. Let our experience and dedication work for you in your time of need.

We understand the impact that drug possession charges can have on your personal relationships, employment, and future opportunities. Our legal team is ready to assist you today. Our firm can work tirelessly to challenge the prosecution’s case and negotiate for reduced charges or alternative sentencing. Contact us today for a consultation.

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