There are few things more frightening than being arrested. Unfortunately, if you are someone who has recently been charged with a drug crime in New York, there is a very good chance that you are now looking at a wide range of very serious penalties that may affect you for the months and years to come. That being said, our experienced Rockland County criminal defense attorney is here to help. Please continue reading and give our seasoned firm a call to learn more about drug crimes in New York State and how we can help you fight the consequences you are facing. Here are some of the questions you may have:
Fortunately, New York State recently revised its position on the penalties for marijuana possession. Though it is not yet legal for recreational use here in New York, the penalties for being caught with one ounce or less of marijuana have recently been dropped down to a simply $50 fine. That being said, if you are arrested for having more than one ounce but less than two ounces, you will have to pay a $200 fine. Finally, if you are caught with more than two ounces of marijuana in New York State, or if you are charged with growing/selling/trafficking the drug, you will face very serious penalties that may land you in jail without the assistance of a knowledgeable New York criminal defense attorney.
The government assigns schedules to drugs based on their danger. Schedule I drugs are those with no medical benefit and pose a high risk of addiction. Heroin is considered a Schedule II drug. Schedule I drug possession is a felony charge.
Schedule II drugs are highly addictive and have next to no medical benefits, and possessing them is a felony offense. Methamphetamine and cocaine are both Schedule II drugs.
Depending on the drug, you may very well go to jail. While certain prescription drugs in NYS are Schedule IV, many are Schedule II, and in today’s day and age, both state and federal government agencies are cracking down hard on prescription drug abuse, so you can expect to face very serious consequences.
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. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.