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What You Need to Know About Drug Crime Consequences in NYS

The state of New York takes drug crime consequences very seriously. If you have been charged with a drug crime, it is important to take the first step and learn what you are up against. If you are facing any of the below drug crime charges, protect yourself by hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney who will fight for your rights in court. Do not hesitate to reach out to our knowledgeable criminal attorney to learn how our services can benefit you. Give our firm a call today to schedule an initial consultation.

What drugs are classified as Schedule I in New York?

If you are caught in possession of one or more Schedule I Drugs, you may be facing serious consequences. Schedule I drugs are considered to be dangerous drugs with a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are highly addictive and have no medical use. New Jersey courts are aggressive in prosecuting Schedule I drug cases to combat the opioid crisis in our state and country.

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

What is a Schedule II drug?

Drugs that are highly addictive and have next to no medical benefits are considered Schedule II drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine. Depending on how much of the substance you are caught with, you may face felony charges along with jail time. Felony charges may be possible if it is believed that there was an intent to distribute the drug.

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

It is possible for prescription drugs to range anywhere from Schedule II to Schedule IV depending on the rate of abuse. Simply because a substance is legal does not make it safe for use and does not mean you will be safe from consequences if you are caught selling it. Depending on the degree of the crime, the individual may face heavy fines worth thousands of dollars and jail time from months to years. Being caught in possession or selling prescription drugs requires the assistance of an experienced attorney.

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

Marijuana was recently largely decriminalized in New York State. Being caught with under one ounce was reduced to a $50 fine regardless of the criminal history of possession. You are subject to a $200 fine if you are caught with anywhere between one and two ounces, regardless of any criminal history of possession. However, if you are charged with selling, growing, or trafficking marijuana, you may face serious penalties that have the potential to land you in jail without the assistance of an understanding and skilled New York criminal defense attorney.


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.

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