The state of New York has strict laws against those who are caught in possession of drugs and even stricter laws for those who are caught selling drugs. If you have been arrested in a drug involved crime, it is best to reach out for legal help. You will need an attorney to help argue your case. Otherwise, you may be charged with a felony.
In the state and across the country, different drugs have a different level of consequences. Although marijuana is legal in some states for recreational use and legal in other states for medical use, it is not legal in New York for either medicinal or recreational purposes. The state still charges people for possession of marijuana. Marijuana is still considered to be a Schedule I drug, along with heroin, ecstasy, LSD, peyote and Quaaludes. If enough of the drug is found in your possession, you may even be charged with intent to sell. This may lead to worse consequences.
Prescription drugs can become a problem if you obtain them illegally. If you are found in possession of prescription drugs and cannot present a prescription for them, you can be charged as a criminal. Although prescription drugs are legal, they can be abused by those who do not have the proper documentation for them. Drugs such as Oxycodone and Percocet are abused and people can become addicted to them. The Controlled Substances Act classifies these drugs based on their medical use, their rate of abuse and the addictiveness of them. They are arranged from Schedule II to Schedule IV based off of these aspects.
Cocaine and Heroin are more highly addictive drugs that may lead to a felony charge. Depending on how much of each drug are found decides if you will get a misdemeanor or felony charge. If enough of these drugs are found, a case can be built that your intent was to distribute and sell these drugs. This may lead to even more consequences that may be life-changing.
If you are charged with drug trafficking, the consequences may be even more threatening. Drug trafficking is the sale, distribution, transportation and production of a large amount of drugs. It can include drugs such as cocaine, heroin, prescription drugs, marijuana and more.
If you are in need of experienced legal counsel for a criminal defense matter on Long Island or throughout New York State, please contact Grunwald & Seman, P.C. to schedule a consultation and we would be happy to assist you.