Drug crimes in New York City
Drug crime is a pervasive national problem and despite the best efforts of local police and governmental agencies, illegal drugs continue being trafficked and consumed across all of America. Which means, if you’ve been arrested for possession or sale of illegal drugs, you are far from the only one. At Kaplan Lawyers, we understand this. We know the struggle many Americans go through, battling drug addiction and succumbing to the temptation of other drug-related entanglements.
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Drug Laws in New York
It’s well known that New York drug laws are among the strictest in the country. That means that if you’ve been arrested on drug charges, you’re going to need help. There are many variables in drug cases: the quantity of drugs found on your person, your prior arrest record, etc. As you proceed through your legal process, you’re going to want a compassionate, knowledgeable, and hard-working team of attorneys alongside you.
New York’s jails are filled with defendants who went with subpar representation. In the hands of an inexperienced attorney, simple non-violent drug crimes can result in lengthy prison stays, enormous fines, and everlasting terms of probation. At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we know how to utilize the facts and turn court cases in your favor.
If you’ve been charged with intent to distribute drugs, that complicates matters. The penalties for drug distribution are far more severe than those for simple possession. That’s not to say that there is no working out of a tough spot. By suggesting drug rehabilitation programs, and foretelling a changed future, the attorneys of Kaplan Lawyers PC can create a strong redemptive narrative, which will help shape a judge and jury’s opinion on the character of a defendant, and lead to leniency during judgment.
The penalties for holding different drugs varies. Here are a few tables detailing the consequences for being caught with some of the most common street drugs:
|Amount of Marijuana||Penalty|
|25 grams or less||Unlawful possession of marijuana: Violation. (Likely a ticket + ~$100fee for the first offense)
Marijuana possession in the 5th degree: However, if you are knowingly and unlawfully in public view, you may be charged with a (Class-B) misdemeanor. You may also receive this charge if you are holding between 25 grams and 2 ounces of marijuana. (Up to $500 fine + up to 3 months in jail)
|Between 2 and 8 ounces||Marijuana possession in the 4th degree.
(Up to $1,000 fine + up 1 year in jail)
|Between 8 and 16 ounces||Marijuana possession in the 3rd degree.
(Up to $5,000 fine + up to 4 years in jail)
|Between 16 ounces and 10 pounds||Marijuana possession in the 2nd degree.
(Up to $5,000 fine + up to 7 years in jail)
|Over 10 pounds||Marijuana possession in the 1st degree.
(Up to $15,000 fine + up to 15 years in jail)
|Less than 500 milligrams||Possession in the Seventh Degree
|Up to 1 year in jail|
|Over 500 milligrams||Possession in the Fifth Degree
|Up to 7 years in jail|
|Over 1/8 an ounce||Possession in the Fourth Degree
|Up to 15 years in jail|
|Over 1/2 an ounce||Possession in the Third Degree
|Up to 25 years in jail|
|Over 4 ounces||Possession in the Second Degree
|Possible life sentence +
Fine up to $50,000
|Over 8 ounces||Possession in the First Degree
|Possible life sentence + Fine up to $100,000|
|Amount of Heroin (In Ounces)||Class of Felony|
|≥ ¼ oz.||D|
|≥ 1 oz.||C|
|≥ 2 oz.||B|
|≥ 4 oz.||A|
Contact our New York Drug Crime Lawyers
To err is human, and sacrificing the entirety of your life’s work as repayment for one mistake is unnecessary. Don’t let one drug arrest negatively alter the course of your future. You owe it to yourself to enlist the services of Kaplan Lawyers PC. Timeliness, though, is vital. Every moment that you delay seeking out representation is time that we could be spending building a strong defense. A long and thorough investigation of the details in your case may be necessary, and we pride ourselves on amassing in-depth, airtight counters to any tactic a prosecutor may try and throw your way. Our consultations are free, so contact us today.
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