How can a drug charge affect me?

In New York state, drugs are illegal. The law forbids the buying and selling of drugs. Even prescription drugs should not be possessed by anyone other than the individual who the prescription is for. The consequences of these crimes can be very harsh. It is important for police to monitor drug crimes, especially during a time when opioids are causing addiction to climb. If you are caught in possession of drugs, you can face serious penalties. There are even stricter laws for those who are caught selling drugs. If you have been arrested in a drug involved crime, it is best to reach out for an attorney to help argue your case. Otherwise, you may be charged with a felony that can have penalties that affect your life.

Throughout the state, different drugs can have a different level of consequences for someone found with them in their possession. Although marijuana is legal in some states for recreational use and legal in other states for medical use, it is not legal in New York for either medicinal or recreational purposes. The state charges people for possession of marijuana since it is not legal. Marijuana is still considered to be a Schedule I drug. This includes other drugs, such as heroin, ecstasy, LSD, peyote and Quaaludes. If you have an amount of marijuana in your possession that is more than individual use,  you may be charged with intent to sell and distribute this drug. This can lead to worse consequences since this charge is worse than just a possession charge.

Prescription drugs can become a problem if you obtain them illegally by using someone else’s prescription. Although prescription drugs are legal, they can be abused by those who do not have the proper documentation for them. If they are found in your possession and you cannot show a prescription, you can be charged with possession. Drugs such as Oxycodone and Percocet are abused by people that can then become addicted. The Controlled Substances Act classifies these drugs based on their medical use, their rate of abuse and the addictiveness of them. They are arranged from Schedule II to Schedule IV based off of these aspects.

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.