New York Drug Offense Lawyer
According to recent data, nearly half of all prison inmates are in jail for drug-related offenses or for a drug crime. This is in large part to the so called, War on Drugs, which has prompted law enforcement officials to step up their arrests and prosecutions of drug crimes. Because of the increased pressure on law enforcement, police are often overzealous and will sometimes overstep their boundaries when making arrests.
A drug offense actually encompasses a host of drug-related offenses, from possession of a controlled substance to trafficking. At Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, our New York Drug Offense Lawyer team has the experience in defending people on a wide range of drug offenses.
Our legal team is capable of defending those accused of:
- Drug Manufacturing
- Prescription fraud
- Marijuana Possession
- Possession with intent to sell
Naturally, the punishment for a particular drug crime will depend on several factors. The first will be the type of drug that the individual is found to be in possession of. The second will be where the crime took place and if it involved minors. The third will be the accused person's criminal record. A drug conviction can result in probation and mandatory drug counseling for small offenses or it can include lengthy prison sentences and heavy financial penalties for hardcore offenders. A conviction in federal court may also carry much stiffer penalties than a conviction in a state court, although regardless of where a drug case is tried, the accused will need the help of an experienced New York Drug Offense Lawyer to help them with their defense. Our Criminal attorneys at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC will review your drug offense case and determine if the police violated your rights to an unlawful search and seizure. Our legal team will work to get your charges and/or punishment reduced or dropped altogether.Consequences of a drug conviction.
The penalties for a drug conviction can be rather mild to very harsh depending on the nature of the crime and a person's past criminal record. However, it's important to keep in mind that the ramifications of any drug conviction can be devastating to a person's future. If you're convicted of a drug-related offense, you may find it difficult to find a good job, have difficulty getting a loan or have difficulty renting a house. In addition, you may lose your driver's license and you may lose your ability to purchase a firearm. This is why it's so vital that you contact our New York Drug Offense Lawyer staff as soon as possible should you be arrested and accused of a drug-related crime.
According to the law, there are three basic crimes that exist within the drug statute. These are:
- Intent to Distribute
If you're convicted of any one of these crimes you may find yourself having to spend time in prison and having to pay hefty fines. A drug conviction can make it very difficult for you to put your life back together once your debt to society is paid. A drug conviction may stay on your criminal record permanently.
Because drug-related crimes are taken so seriously, even possessing a small amount of marijuana can damage your reputation and your future because of overzealous prosecution. If you're ever arrested for a drug-related offense, it's vital that you say nothing to the police and ask to speak to a New York Drug Crime defense attorney. It's important that you let your lawyer handle the case for you.
If you or someone you love is in trouble for a drug crime, please call our New York Drug Offense Lawyer group at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC for a consultation about your case. Our Criminal lawyers will review the case, and the evidence, and advise you of your legal options. Please call 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.