Cocaine is illegal in all 50 states. The possession and sale of cocaine continue to be a serious offense. Law enforcement in New York and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) continue to proactively combat the effects of cocaine in the hamlets, villages, towns, and cities of Rockland County and New York State. Cocaine and its different forms are very addictive. The justice system is hostile towards violations of possession, sales, and trafficking. If you are caught with cocaine in New York, you are facing serious charges. Depending on the amount of the drug and where you were caught, you could be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. This means that you could be subject to incarceration and a permanent criminal record. If you have been caught with cocaine, you need to speak to an attorney immediately. The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway has years of experience defending clients against drug possession charges. If you are facing a Rockland County drug possession charge, contact our office for a consultation.
According to the Controlled Substance Act, cocaine, and its different forms, are considered Schedule II drugs. Schedule II drugs under the Act means that cocaine and its various forms are highly addictive and come with some medical benefits. Obviously, modern medicine does not use cocaine anymore, but history proves otherwise. Cocaine was used as a topical anesthetic. Even though drug laws are a bit confusing, speaking to an experienced attorney can help. If you are caught with cocaine under 500 milligrams, you may be charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. This is a class A misdemeanor. This is a serious criminal offense that comes with severe fines and possible jail time. If you are caught with over 500 grams of cocaine or its various forms, you could be charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. This is a class D felony. If you are caught selling cocaine, you may be charged with a class B felony. Felonies come with overwhelming fines and years of possible jail time. All of these charges subject you to a criminal record that will follow you around for the rest of your life, impacting your ability to keep and attain employment. New York does not believe in expungement, so it is imperative that you deal with these charges immediately and avoid conviction.
If you have been charged with a drug offense related to cocaine, you are looking at a very serious matter. Cocaine possession is a crime and you could be subject to imprisonment and a criminal record. You need to discuss your case with an experienced criminal attorney. The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway has been a legal resource to Rockland County for over 25 years. Our firm prides itself on the ability to explore all legal defenses to lessen the charges or see that they are dismissed. If you are charged with a drug possession charge in Spring Valley or Rockland County, contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway.