What are the drug crime consequences in New York?



    It is important to learn what you might be facing if you have been charged with a drug crime. The state of New York does not take drug crimes lightly. If you are facing a drug crime charge, the first step you should take is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who will fight for your rights in court. Continue reading to discover what drugs are classified as Schedule I and Schedule II and what type of possession will result in jail sentences. Do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today to discuss our services and how we can assist your upcoming legal process.

    What drugs are classified as Schedule I in New York?

    Schedule I drugs are dangerous, high potential for abuse drugs with highly addictive qualities and no medical use. To combat the ongoing opioid crisis in our country, New Jersey courts aggressively prosecute Schedule I drug cases.

    Heroin is considered a Schedule I drug and depending on the amount you were found in possession of, charges can range from a misdemeanor to a felony. A fine and possible jail time are potential consequences for a small amount of heroin found in possession. For larger amounts, you may face a felony charge with longer jail time and fines. It is also possible for consequences to increase if you had an intent to sell heroin.

    What is a Schedule II drug?

    Schedule II drugs are highly addictive and have next to no medical benefits such as methamphetamine and cocaine. You may face felony charges or jail time depending on how much of the substance you are caught in possession of. If it is believed that there was an intent to distribute a Schedule II drug, felony charges may be possible as well.

    Can I go to jail for the possession of prescription drugs in New York State?

    Prescription drugs can range from Schedule II to Schedule IV depending on the rate of abuse. Depending on the degree of the crime, you may face heavy fines of thousands of dollars plus jail time from months to years when caught in possession or selling prescription drugs. It is important to understand that just because a substance is legal does not make it free from consequences for selling.

    Can I go to jail for marijuana possession in New York State?

    New York state has largely decriminalized marijuana. You are subject to a $50 fine if caught with under an ounce and $200 if you are caught with anywhere between one and two ounces, regardless of criminal history of possession. You may face serious penalties if you are charged with growing, selling, or trafficking marijuana. If you are facing charges such as this it is crucial to gain the services of an experienced New York criminal defense attorney to fight for your rights.

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