One of the most common drug charges seen today is the possession of prescription drugs, as the abuse of such drugs continues to rise. The addictive qualities of prescription drugs including Percocet, Xanax, and oxycodone are well known by law enforcement agencies who are doing what they can to crack down on the abuse. If charged with a crime of this nature, you will face a myriad of penalties that may have serious impacts on your future.
For a first-degree illegal possession of prescription drug charge in New York State, you may face a Class C felony and the potential of up to 15 years of jail time. This charge would be administered if the offender was found to have at least $50,000 or more worth of drugs. Any person who was found to have a value of $1,000 of drugs, they are facing a Class E felony and may face up to 4 years in jail.
Like any crime, the number of offenses you have already faced and the value of the prescription drug in question are taken into consideration when determining your penalties. Some people who have been convicted of a drug charge may be eligible to participate in New York State’s drug courts. These courts exist to assist persons who are addicted to prescription drugs work towards becoming drug-free in the future and beating their addiction. Some people may be able to avoid incarceration through the participation of a drug court program.
If you have been charged with a prescription drug-related offense, it is important that you consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can provide you with the legal defense you need.
If you are in need of experienced legal counsel in New York State, please contact Grunwald & Seman, P.C. and we would be happy to assist you.