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Aside from potential criminal penalties, going forward with a drug conviction on your record can be a serious disadvantage. Our firm is here to help you fight back against drug charges at any level. Our team has decades of combined experience handling criminal cases from both sides of the law as prosecutors and defenders. If you or someone you know is under investigation or has been arrested for a drug offense, the sooner you contact us, the sooner we can protect your legal rights and work aggressively on your behalf.
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Drug crimes in New York include both those involving controlled substances as well as marijuana offenses. Controlled substances include such drugs as cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, methamphetamine, and other street drugs as well as prescription drugs obtained illegally. Marijuana has its own set of offenses that are mostly related to its possession or sales.
Drug crimes can also be charged and prosecuted at the federal level. These crimes mostly involve large-scale drug operations such as manufacturing and interstate drug trafficking. Crimes of this nature are often investigated by such aggressive and thorough agencies as the FBI and the DEA.
Drug crimes can include:
- Sales or distribution
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
Depending on the circumstances, drug crime convictions carry penalties of up to 90 days in jail to life imprisonment and fines of up to $100,000 for the most serious offenses. Drug crime convictions at the federal level are generally subject to mandatory minimums based on federal sentencing guidelines.
The factors that will affect how you are charged and the penalties you will face include whether you are a repeat offender, what type of drugs were involved, the quantity involved, whether guns were part of the crime, and whether the alleged crime occurred near a school zone.
Marijuana Offenses in New York
Possession of less than three ounces of marijuana carries no penalties in the state. However, more than three ounces may lead to a misdemeanor or felony charge, depending on the amount. Sales and trafficking of marijuana can also be charged as misdemeanors or felonies.