New York has strict drug laws, and convicted offenders can face fines, lengthy prison sentences and other consequences. According to Drug War Facts, 83.1 percent of all arrests involving drugs in 2014 were for possession. Sale and distribution accounted for 16.9 percent of drug crime arrests.
If you are facing drug charges, it is critical that you take immediate steps to protect your interests. There may be a defense that convinces the court to reduce the charges or penalties, or to dismiss the case altogether.
A New York City drug crime attorney from Goldberg & Allen, LLP can evaluate your arrest, gather evidence and construct an aggressive defense. Call 212-766-3366 to schedule a consultation.
Until then, read on for a brief overview of nine drug charges in New York:
- Drug Possession
Possession is the most common crime involving drugs, as the Bureau of Justice Statistics explains. The consequences depend on several factors including the type of drug and the amount in your possession.
- Drug Manufacture
If you create, produce or otherwise involve yourself in the manufacturing of drugs, such as growing marijuana or operating a meth lab, then you may face charges for drug manufacturing.
- Drug Delivery
It is against the law to deliver or intend to deliver any controlled substance, regardless of whether you actually or constructively make the transfer.
- Drug Conspiracy
The crime of conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with the intention of distributing it is a serious charge. People typically face this charge when they plan drug operations.
- Cocaine Possession
Possessing less than 500 milligrams of cocaine is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable with up to one year in jail. Possessing more than that amount is a felony, the consequences of which depend on the amount in your possession and your criminal history.
- Methamphetamine Possession
Possession of less than a half-ounce of meth is a Class A misdemeanor. Possessing more than that amount is a felony.
- Prescription Drug Charges
It is illegal to give prescription drugs to another person and to possess prescription drugs without a prescription.
- Drug Paraphernalia Charges
It is a crime to deliver or possess any form of drug paraphernalia. If police can connect an item in your possession with promoting or using drugs, you could face paraphernalia charges.
- Marijuana Charges
Although New York legislators are gradually decriminalizing certain marijuana laws, it is still illegal to possess, distribute or cultivate marijuana. If police catch you with less than 4 ounces, you will face misdemeanor charges.
If you are facing drug charges, contact Goldberg & Allen, LLP. A New York City criminal lawyer can aggressively fight for a positive outcome to your case. Both Mr. Goldberg and Mr. Allen have many years of experience as prosecutors, giving them a unique skillset when it comes to defending clients. Call 212-766-3366 to schedule a consultation.