Each state has a unique set of laws when it comes to drugs and other prohibited substances. In New York, marijuana is considered an illegal drug and anyone who is caught carrying any amount could face drug charges.
Drug charges vary from simple possession to more serious offenses, such as drug dealing. If you get caught with a small amount of drugs such as OxyContin, ecstasy, methamphetamine, heroin or marijuana, you can be charged with drug possession. If police confiscate a large amount of drugs, you can be charged with drug trafficking, which is an even more serious offense. Each drug offense could bring a different sentence, which often includes prison time, fines, and other penalties.
If you are arrested for a drug-related offense, you need to understand that a conviction can lead to life-altering consequences. A conviction can lead to a permanent criminal record, which may affect employment and other opportunities. Drug charges also come with the risk of public scrutiny, and even an arrest could damage your personal reputation.
However, a person who is facing drug charges does have the chance to fight the charges. An accused person should consider using an aggressive approach in dealing with the case. First, the accused person should determine the type of charge that is relevant in that case: misdemeanor, felony or federal charge. Then, the accused person should consider which type of court will handle the case -- state or federal -- and take note of what evidence the authorities confiscated.
You do not have to deal with the case alone. Choosing to handle the case alone may decrease your chances of the case being dismissed. Our experienced attorneys can help mount an appropriate defense for your particular situation in hopes of paving the way for an optimal outcome.
To learn more about how to deal with drug charges, visit our Westchester County Drug Possession and Sales Lawyers page.