New York Drug Selling Lawyer
A drug crime charge can be prosecuted in a number of ways. For example, a simple possession charge usually resides at the lower level of prosecution; however, even a simple possession charge can become more complex if it's combined with additional charges of drug dealing and possessing drug paraphernalia.
According to our New York Drug Selling Defense Lawyer group at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, it is not uncommon for someone to be arrested for a personal amount of marijuana only to find themselves going to prison for several years once the additional charges are added on. These can include the fact that the defendant has a large amount of cash on their person, multiple baggies which could be used for storing and/or distributing drugs, the possession of scales or other devices used for measuring precise amounts of drugs, etc. What's important to note is that a person may be charged as a party and punished in the same manner as the actual dealer provided they did something that could be considered aiding or abetting the dealer in the sale of controlled substances.
Being convicted of any type of drug crime is a serious matter and can severely impact a person's future. A person convicted may not only be looking at jail time and substantial fines, but may also find life very tough once their debt to society is paid. Upon release from jail, they may find that it's difficult to get a good job, get into college, get a loan, legally obtain a firearm and rent an apartment or house. That's because drug-related crimes are felonies, which means that a conviction may remain on your criminal record permanently.
What is Meant by Drug Dealing?
In most states, the crime of delivering a controlled substance and the possession of a controlled substance is virtually the same. This can be confusing to those charged because they don't understand how they can be charged with a delivery that they didn't make. However, the law tries to punish people with the intent to distribute. While an actual exchange of money for drugs may not have taken place, the law may still be able to prosecute someone based on their intent to commit that crime. In order to prove someone possesses drugs and intends to sell, the state must look at a variety of factors.
A person who is charged with intent to distribute will usually face much tougher penalties than a person who is charged with mere possession. To prove intent to sell, a prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused sold and delivered a controlled substance. These prosecutors often rely on eyewitnesses or people who have previously been charged and then agreed to turn state's evidence, and sometimes the use of informants or undercover officers will be used.
Because of the so called, War on Drugs, U.S. law enforcement officials are extremely zealous in their prosecution of drug-related cases. A prosecutor will usually bring about a charge of intent to sell if the accused has a sufficient quantity of the controlled substance. If you or someone you love has been arrested and accused of possessing drugs with the intent to sell or drug selling, it's vital that they get experienced legal help from our New York Drug Selling Lawyer staff. At Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, our legal team will review your case and determine what the best legal strategy is as they prepare a defense.
Contact our New York Drug Selling Lawyer staff at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW to schedule a free consultation. Or you may contact one of our New York City offices serving the Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, or Brooklyn, or in Westchester County or one of our Long Island offices in Nassau County or Suffolk County.