Suffolk County Drug Crime Lawyer
Drug possession, drug trafficking and drug manufacturing are all very serious crimes with serious consequences for anyone who is convicted. Law enforcement agencies in New York as well as across the country are becoming more aggressive in their arrest and prosecution of people who violate drug laws. In the United States, drugs are classified as either legal or illegal. While illegal drugs are commonly known as marijuana, cocaine, LSD, methamphetamine, crack cocaine, and others, people can also be arrested for selling legal drugs such as Vicodin or other prescription medication.
Because of the tough stance that government and law enforcement has taken on people who violate drug laws, it's important to get in touch with our Suffolk County Drug Crime Lawyer if you're ever arrested and charged with a drug-related crime.
The most common drug crimes in New York are drug possession, drug possession with intent to distribute and drug manufacturing. These can be felony offenses and if you're convicted, you mayl have the crime on your permanent criminal record in addition to facing other penalties.
Drug possession is defined as having a quantity of an illegal drug or controlled substance. This quantity can either be for personal use or for distribution.
Drug possession with intent to distribute is similar to drug possession, but included in the charge is the fact that the person has more than a personal use amount of drugs and intends to sell them for profit.
Drug manufacturing is defined as knowingly making illegal drugs and/or controlled substances. This can either be done for personal use or for sale to others.
Just as there are many different drug crimes, there are also a multitude of punishments an individual can receive. In most cases, the punishment will be relative to the crime, the amount of drugs involved and whether the accused has a past criminal drug conviction. Regardless, it's not uncommon for a person convicted of a drug crime to be sentenced to prison time, probation, and financial fines and be ordered to attend a drug treatment program.
Because of the serious nature of drug crimes, and the punishments that come with them, a person may suffer life-altering consequences if they're convicted of a drug crime. In any drug case, it's important to have a good defense, which is why it's vital to contact our experienced Suffolk County Drug Crime Lawyer staff to assist in defending you against drug crime charges. At Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, our Criminal lawyers are experienced at defending against a multitude of drug-related crimes, including: marijuana possession, drug possession with intent to sell, drug selling, drug manufacturing and drug paraphernalia possession.
While it's common to think that criminal charges only apply to drugs like cocaine, marijuana, LSD, methamphetamine, and others, a person can be charged with a crime for illegally selling or distributing prescription medication. This drug crime carries similar penalties to selling illegal drugs. Selling any drugs can become a federal drug crime. While state laws and federal laws regarding drugs often overlap, many drug-related cases are turned over to federal courts for prosecution. Federal judges may have mandatory sentencing guidelines they must follow, which can mean much harsher sentences in federal courts than in state courts, where judges have more discretion.
Because a conviction on a drug charge can be so devastating to your life, it's important to obtain the services of our experienced Suffolk County Drug Crime Lawyer team. At Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, our Criminal Defense team will help you in your defense against drug possession, drug possession with intent to sell, drug trafficking, criminal sale of drugs, conspiracy and other drug-related crimes. Our Suffolk County Drug lawyers are able to defend clients accused of drug crimes in both state and federal courts. Whether your case involves possession of crystal meth, marijuana, Ecstasy and other 'club drugs', drug trafficking, drug manufacturing, possessing drug paraphernalia, or another drug crime, our Suffolk County Drug Crime Lawyer team will provide thorough and aggressive defense.
As in any other crime, the facts of the case are vital in drug crimes too. Every detail can impact your case and our Criminal defense lawyers will scrutinize the evidence against you and look at every detail. In particular, our lawyers will look at whether the evidence against you was obtained legally or illegally. In many instances, overzealous cops will gather evidence by either knowingly or unknowingly violating a person's Fourth Amendment rights that protects citizens against unlawful searches and seizures. If Suffolk County Drug Crime Lawyer staff discovers that any evidence was obtained illegally, they will fight to have that evidence suppressed and thrown out.
Make no mistake; a conviction on a drug crime charge can have long term negative effects. If you or a loved one is ever arrested and charged with any type of drug crime, don't say anything to the police until you've spoken with our Suffolk County Drug Crime Lawyer team. Please call Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC at 800.696.9529 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.