Nassau County Drug Crime Lawyer
In recent years it appears, the crackdown on illegal drugs has become harsher. Today, state and federal law enforcement officials are being more aggressive in their pursuit of those using and dealing drugs, whether it is someone who is using drugs for recreational purposes or someone who is dealing in large quantities of illegal narcotics. Because of this crackdown, drug crimes should be taken very seriously. Our Nassau County Drug Crime Lawyer team states that a person who is arrested and accused of any type of drug-related crime can face consequences that may affect them for the rest of their lives.
In New York, there are many drug crimes committed every year, however, the most common drug crimes are drug possession, drug possession with the intent to distribute and drug manufacturing.
Drug possession is the crime of possessing some quantity of illegal drugs or controlled substances.
Drug possession with the intent to distribute is the crime of possessing some quantity of illegal drugs with the intent to sell them.
Drug manufacturing is the crime of producing illegal narcotics for sale or for personal use.
All of these crimes are felony offenses and a person found guilty of committing these crimes can face a variety of punishments not limited to imprisonment, court-ordered ordered drug counseling, probation, heavy financial fines and community service. In most cases, the prosecutors will take into account the nature of the crime, the amount of drugs involved and whether there is any involvement with minors when charging suspects and recommending punishments. Because these crimes are so serious, and because of the devastating effect a conviction can have on a person, it's imperative that a person accused of violating a drug law contact our Nassau County Drug Crime Lawyer staff as soon as possible to help them prepare a defense.
Because of the aggressive pursuit by law enforcement on those in violation of drug laws, the Nassau county District attorney and the Nassau County Police department have set up a task forces to deal with the problem. This law enforcement team works closely with New York law enforcement to help arrest and prosecute those who are responsible for possessing or dealing in illegal narcotics, such as marijuana, LSD, methamphetamine, Ecstasy, Cocaine and prescription drugs. While penalties for committing drug crimes will depend largely on the type of drug involved and the amount, prosecutors will come down more heavily if a person is dealing drugs to and/or near minors.
At Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, our Nassau County Drug Crime Lawyer team has the experience and background to defend people accused of committing drug crimes in state and federal courts. This is important because although state and federal drug laws do overlap, federal courts are notoriously tough on drug offenders. Our legal team can assist with people who are charged with drug possession, drug possession with the intent to sell, drug offense, drug trafficking, drug manufacturing, possession of drug paraphernalia and dealing in prescription drugs.
Our Criminal lawyers will investigate your case and closely examine the evidence against you paying particular attention to how the evidence was gathered. Because law enforcement agents are so aggressive in their pursuit of people dealing in illegal drugs, they oftentimes obtain evidence without a warrant. This is a violation of your Fourth Amendment rights which guarantees American citizens to be free from illegal searches and seizures. If evidence is found to have been obtained illegally, our Nassau County Drug Crime Lawyers will quickly move to have that evidence thrown out.
Each of our experienced Nassau County Drug Crime Lawyer may be able to argue with prosecutors to have charges lessened or dropped based on the nature of the offense and the defendant's criminal past.
Getting professional legal help is vital when it comes to drug-related crimes because the consequences can be so damaging to a person's life going forward. Types of punishments handed out for drug-related crimes are:
- Forfeiture of money and assets
- Mandatory drug counseling
- Random drug tests
Any drug conviction may go on your permanent criminal record, which can make it very difficult for a person to find a good job, get a home or loan, buy a firearm, and it may ruin one's reputation within the community.
At Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, our Nassau County Drug Crime Lawyer team is experienced in handling a variety of drug crime cases, including:
- Marijuana possession, sale and related crimes
- Cocaine or crack cocaine possession, sale and related crimes
- Methamphetamine possession
- Drug possession
- Drug possession with intent to sell
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Drug cultivation and drug manufacturing
- Enterprise Corruption (Conspiracy)
If you or someone close to you is arrested and charged with a drug crime, no matter how minor it may seem, it's important to remember not to say anything that may incriminate you to the police. Ask to speak to one of our criminal defense lawyers as soon as possible. Please call Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC at 800.696.9529 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.