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Common Drug Crimes

Drug crimes are taken very seriously in New York State. If convicted, you could be facing harsh penalties, including hefty fines and lengthy prison sentences. You will need a trustworthy Buffalo criminal defense attorney to represent you in court. Here is some information on some of the most common drug crimes in New York.

Common Drug Crimes | Possession and Trafficking

There is a wide spectrum of drug crimes of which one can be charged with committing. The types of criminal drug cases include:

  • Sale of controlled substance — Conviction of selling drugs is an offense that could lead to extensive jail or prison time.
  • Drug possession — Possession of 500mg or more is already a Class D felony punishable by one to two and a half years in prison.
  • Drug trafficking — Like most states, New York has laws that strictly punish those convicted of producing, distributing, or selling controlled substances.
  • Marijuana charges — Marijuana charges vary significantly. Possessing a few joints, cultivating a field and trafficking marijuana are examples of marijuana drug charges.
  • Narcotics charges — There are certain drugs that are very dangerous to society. Legislatures have enacted laws that make the possession of these drugs, in even small amounts, a felony offense. Heroin, ecstasy and cocaine are examples of these drugs.

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Common Drug Crimes | Marijuana

The penalties for drug possession vary drastically depending on the type of drug found on your person. They may involve minimum mandatory state prison sentences and substantial fines and penalties. Unlike states in Colorado or Washington or the District of Columbia, it is still illegal to possess marijuana, especially in quantities over 28 grams.  First-time possession doesn’t carry much consequence, a citation and a $100 fine.  It is a non-criminal charge in New York State. We have decriminalized certain amounts of marijuana. In most cases I will be able to get you a delayed dismissal.  If you possess marijuana in a quantity over 28 grams, you will be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony.

People often underestimate the impact of having even a misdemeanor on their record. The reality is that any type of crime can go on your permanent record and can surface in the future and be used in future employment evaluations. For experienced criminal defense, contact Buffalo drug crime lawyer Arthur Pressman today to schedule a free consultation and protect your freedom.

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