Drug Possession Penalties
New York State is in the process of somewhat decriminalizing marijuana, but there are still several drug possession penalties that you need to avoid at all costs. Anyone who is facing a drug charge will no doubt be very concerned about what the future might hold. Attorney Arthur Pressman is here to protect your rights and help put the past behind you. Call our office today to learn how we can make your drug possession penalties disappear.
Drug Possession Penalties | Marijuana
Unlike Colorado and Washington, it is still illegal to possess marijuana in New York, especially in quantities over 28 grams. First-time possession doesn’t carry much consequence, maybe a citation and a $100 fine. It is essentially a non-criminal charge in New York State. Certain amounts of marijuana have been decriminalized.
In most cases, Buffalo attorney Arthur Pressman 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.
Drug Possession Penalties | Cocaine
Cocaine, on the other hand, carries a much stiffer penalty. Even if you are only found to be in possession of a very small amount, penalties can be several months to 15 years in prison, and fines can be up to $500,000. Prosecutors and police will look at the type of cocaine and the amount to determine whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony.
Possession with intent to distribute may be determined based on the number of drugs found on your person. The quantity required to increase the charge from simple possession to possession with intent to distribute varies between the drugs found and their weight. Penalties for this offense are very serious. They range from a misdemeanor to a Class A felony.
Drug Possession Penalties | Trafficking
Individuals are usually charged with distribution if they are caught with a larger quantity of drugs than would warrant a possession charge, but not enough to necessitate a drug trafficking charge. The heavier the drug, the steeper the penalty. And for a significant amount, an individual can face years behind bars.
If you have any questions about New York drug possession penalties, please call our Buffalo criminal defense attorney today for a free consultation.