The State of New York has some of the toughest drugs laws in the entire country. The state considers the sale of a controlled substance a very serious crime, and any individual caught selling drugs may be subject to serious penalties. Those penalties can include hefty fines and/or lengthy prison sentences.
Sale of Drugs in New York
New York treats the sale of a controlled substance as a more serious offense than possession of a controlled substance. There are five different categories for felony charges related to the sale of a controlled substance, which range from fifth-degree to first degree. The degree of the charge will indicate the penalty associated with the charge. Any penalty an individual may face if charged with the sale of a controlled can be dependent on a number of factors, including but not limited to:
- The type of controlled substance;
- The amount of the controlled substance;
- The purity of the controlled substance; and/or
- If the defendant has any prior convictions.
A conviction can also lead to a negative mark on the individual’s permanent record. On top of the harsh legal consequences, a conviction may also cause the individual to experience difficulties when trying to obtain a job or housing, for example.
Drugs laws in the New York are complex and can seem very convoluted. If you are charged with the sale of a controlled substance, you should consult with a criminal defense attorney. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you understand your rights and guide you through the court process.
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.