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Consequences of Unlawful Prescription Drug Possession

New York State recognizes that unlawful prescription drug possession is a serious problem that is resulting in higher levels of addiction and death to many people who abuse them. If you have a prescription drug in your possession, it must be rightfully prescribed to you by a medical professional. Those who choose to violate state laws regarding prescription drug possession will face serious consequences.

If you are charged with the simple possession of prescription drugs that are valued under $1,000 are a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted, you may be facing up to $1,000 in fines and/or up to 1 year in jail. Drugs that are valued above $1,000 are considered Class E felonies and may result in up to 4 years of jail time.

Like anything else, when the value increases, so do the consequences. Drugs with a value of over $3,000 may result in being charged with a Class D felony and the potential for up to 7 years in jail. When the drugs you are charged with possessing are worth over $50,000, you are facing a Class C felony charge and up to 15 years in jail.

Crimes of this nature are very serious and should not be taken lightly. If you have been caught with unlawfully possessing prescription drugs, you will require the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney who can provide you with assistance and work towards protecting your future.

Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.  

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