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The New York police and Federal DEA officers would agree that New York is a popular drug trafficking center in the U.S. Due to its large population and a multinational influence, law enforcement keeps a close watch on New York. Both Federal law enforcement and local police focus much of their attention on Columbian and Mexican drug cartels, and they are thought to be largely responsible for drug trafficking activities in the state. Each year, massive quantities of illegal drugs are shipped in to the city via train, truck, U.S. mail and by boat. Often police will target smaller street dealers in hopes to reach the larger drug importers who are supplying them. If you have been charged with drug possession, it is important to seek legal guidance as soon as possible. If you are convicted, the penalties can be serious and include jail time, fines and probation. Contact the legal team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC for legal guidance and to ensure that your rights are protected.
Statistics state that between the years 2000 and 20007, there were approximately 200,000 misdemeanor drug arrests and 30,000 drug arrests each year. The drugs involved ranged from cocaine to meth, to marijuana. Some of these crimes included prescription pad fraud, where the defendants would steal a prescription pad in order to obtain narcotics such as oxycontin. A vast majority of the arrests resulted in a criminal conviction. If you have been charged with a drug crime, it is important to seek legal guidance. Your defense lawyer may be able to strike a plea bargain with the prosecutor, which can result in an alternative sentence such as a drug treatment program.
In New York, a drug offense will be prosecuted based on the seriousness of the crime, the type of drug involved, the defendant’s intent and their previous criminal record. In cases where there is possession of an illegal drug without intent to deliver the substance, the legal punishments can bring up to one year in jail, hefty fines and probation. A felony offense would include matters such as possession and delivery and manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance such as LSD, amphetamines or hallucinogens.
A controlled substance is defined as” “any substance listed in schedule I, II, III, IV, or V of section 3306 of the public health law other than marijuana but including concentrated cannabis as defined in paragraph (a) of subdivision 4 of section 3302 of such law.”
Types of Possession
There are a variety of ways one could be charged with possession, even when they do not have drugs physically on their person. For instance if you are with several people in a car or in an apartment and illegal drugs are found, all of the parties can be charged with presumptive possession.
In the case of constructive possession, if drugs are found in an area that is under your exclusive dominion and control, you could be charged with possession.
In every possession case, the discovery of evidence is crucial. Also it is good to be aware that what may appear to be acceptable behavior by the police may not be. If drugs were seized via an unlawful search and seizure, the evidence obtained against you could be suppressed.
If you have been charged with a drug offense, our team can explain that the sooner you obtain legal guidance the better. Contact our team for legal guidance and a free consultation at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW. We have office locations to serve you throughout New York, including offices in Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island. We also have locations in Nassau County and Suffolk County on Long Island and Westchester County.