New York City Drug Crime Lawyer
Drug crimes in the United States and New York are taken very seriously by both the police and the courts. According to U.S. law, drugs are classified into different categories or schedules with Schedule I drugs being the most addictive and having the least medical benefit to Schedule V drugs, which do have some medical merit. Consequently, a person arrested for a Schedule I drug offense can face much harsher penalties than someone convicted of a Schedule V offense. However, being charged with any drug crime can be a harrowing experience and is one that no one should take lightly.
Being convicted of a drug crime can have serious ramifications for a person's life. Depending on the nature of the crime, they may face significant prison time, heavy fines and may have to live with a black mark on their criminal record. The consequences of a drug conviction can mean that a person mayl have difficulty getting a good job, getting loans for a car, house or college and even owning a firearm. Because of the government's War on Drugs, drug laws and punishments have become harsher over the past two decades. If you're ever arrested and charged with a drug offense, it's important that you consult with our New York City Drug Crime Lawyer staff to prepare a defense.Types of Drug Crimes
While there are a multitude of laws concerning drugs, the most common offenses in New York City are:
Drug Possession – The crime of having one or more illegal drugs or controlled substances in your possession either for personal use or for distribution.
Drug Possession With Intent To Sell or distribute– The crime of possessing one or more illegal drugs or controlled substances with the intention of transporting or selling.
Drug Manufacturing – The crime of making illegal narcotics for personal use or for sale.
These are all very serious felony offenses and a person who is convicted may be looking at spending many years in prison. Of course, the punishment for a particular drug-related crime will depend largely on the nature of the crime. For example, , a person who is drug selling on the street, particularly to minors, will be looking at a much harsher sentence then someone caught possessing a small amount of a narcotic for personal use. Prosecutors will look carefully at the amount of drugs involved, if any weapons were used in the crime and whether any minors were involved when deciding charges. Regardless, any drug-related crime needs to be taken seriously because of the impact it can have on your life, which is why you need an experienced New York City Drug Crime Lawyer working to defend you.
While punishments vary, it's not uncommon for a drug crime offender to be sentenced to imprisonment, financial penalties, forfeiture of assets, court-ordered drug rehabilitation programs, probation, and community service. In addition, many people convicted of drug crimes will have to register as a drug offender.
If you or someone you know is currently facing charges in a drug-related crime, our New York City Drug Crime Lawyer team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC can review your case and advise you of your legal options. Our criminal defense lawyers will defend you regardless of whether you're charged with drug possession, drug possession with intent to sell, trafficking, conspiracy, cultivation, manufacturing or any other criminal offense.
While it's common to think that only people who deal in marijuana, LSD,, vicodin, oxycondon, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy or other 'hard drugs' are being arrested and charged, prescription drugs are also considered controlled substances. It is against the law for someone to give or sell a prescription drug to someone who isn't prescribed that particular medication by a physician. The possession of any controlled substance is illegal and can land you in trouble.
At Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, our New York City Drug Crime Lawyer team has years of combined experience in defending people accused of committing drug-related crimes in both the state courts and the federal courts. Whether you've been arrested for possessing a small amount of marijuana for personal use, or have been accused of drug distribution, our criminal defense lawyers can prepare and organize a proper defense for you.
Please call our New York Drug Crime Lawyer group at 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, our office in Westchester County or one of our Long Island offices in Nassau County or Suffolk County.