Bronx Drug Crime Lawyer
A drug is defined as a type of biological substance that people take either for medical or dietary purposes. However, some drugs are taken for recreational purposes. In America, drugs are categorized as either legal or illegal. Possessing an illegal drug is a crime and if a person is caught, they can face stiff penalties including imprisonment and monetary fines. Both state and federal governments prohibit the sale, use and manufacture of illegal narcotics. According to our Bronx Drug Crime Lawyer group at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, a person caught in possession of or selling an illegal narcotic can be charged with a drug crime.Types of Drug Crimes
In New York, as in the rest of the country, there are a multitude of drug crimes. However, the most common types of drug crimes committed are:
Drug Possession: Possession means that a person possesses a quantity of an illegal drug for personal use or for distribution.
Possession with intent to sell: This means that a person is in possession of a quantity of drugs and intends to sell them on the street.
Drug trafficking: Means that a person is transporting or selling illegal drugs or other controlled substances.
Drug paraphernalia: Possessing items that can be used for taking or using drugs or for manufacturing drugs is a crime. These items can be bongs, pipes, plastic bags and chemicals used to make drugs.
Just as there are a variety of drug crimes there are also a variety of punishments. Common punishments for drug crime and drug offenses include imprisonment, monetary fines, court mandated drug rehab, and probation.
Because of the serious nature of drug crimes, it's important for a person charged with a drug-related offense to speak to our experienced Bronx Drug Crime Lawyer team as early in the process as possible. Being convicted of a drug crime can mean jail time and a black mark on your criminal record that will follow you for the rest of your life. In addition, having a drug conviction on your record may mean that you'll have a tough time getting gainful employment, getting a loan and buying a firearm.
If you or someone close to you has been arrested and charged with a drug crime, it's imperative that you speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney. At Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, our legal team can help you in defending against charges of drug possession, drug possession with intent to distribute, illegal sale of drug cases and paraphernalia, drug manufacturing, drug cultivation or conspiracy.
Because of the government's “War on Drugs” drug laws and the enforcement thereof have become much more aggressive in the past several decades. And regardless of whether the public opinion on drugs is leaning more in favor of legalization, the fact remains that illegal narcotic possession, manufacture and distribution and possession of a controlled substance are aggressively prosecuted. While the law will usually take into account the nature of the crime, the amount of drugs involved and whether the person has a criminal history, any drug-related conviction can spell disaster for a person's future. Our Bronx Drug Crime Lawyer team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC will thoroughly examine the evidence against you and determine if that evidence was gathered in violation of your Fourth Amendment rights.
Depending on the nature of a drug crime, a person can face a variety of consequences, including:
- Drug treatment court
- Substantial time in prison
- Forfeiture of assets and money
- Mandatory drug treatment programs
An effective criminal defense lawyer is essential in helping you throughout your legal process. Contact our New York Drug Crime Lawyer group with Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW for a free consultation or contact one of our New York City offices serving Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, the Bronx or Brooklyn, or in Westchester County or one of our Long Island offices in Nassau County or Suffolk County.