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Rockland County Possession Lawyer

Drug Crimes in Rockland County, NY

Since 1970, the federal government and individual state governments have aggressively regulated the production, use and sale of drugs. If an individual has physical control over a controlled substance or has constructive control over a controlled substance by having control over the person or place where the drugs were found, he or she is committing the crime of possession. Possession is a serious criminal offense that carries harsh consequences, which is why it is imperative to enlist the counsel of a Rockland County criminal defense lawyer to fight these charges.

Types of Controlled Substances

The Controlled Substances Act, which regulates the manufacture, importation, possession, use and distribution of certain substances, divides drugs into five schedules, numbered I through IV based on their potential for abuse, medical use and potential for psychological or physical dependence. Possessing drugs from schedule I are the most serious types of offenses because those drugs, such as MDMA and heroin, have a high potential for abuse and currently no accepted medical use for treatment in the United States. It is important to note, however, that marijuana-related offenses are considered different from controlled-substances offenses under New York law.

Penalties for Possession in New York

Possession, which is often coupled with other drug crimes, can lead to serious penalties. If you are convicted of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree, such as an eight ounce mixture that contains a narcotic drug, you are guilty of a class A-1 felony and may face 20 years imprisonment and/or a fine of $100,000. Even unlawful possession of marijuana can lead to fines of $250 and incarceration for up to 15 days.

Enlist the Assistance of the Law Office of Brian Berkowitz

Were you subjected to unlawful search and seizure? Did you not know that you were in possession of an illegal drug? Regardless of the specifics of your case, a skilled Rockland County possession lawyer from the Law Office of Brian Berkowitz can help you. I have been assisting New York residents with their legal matters since 1998, and I am prepared to help defend you against your drug crime charges. As a former prosecutor I know what the other side must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were aware that you unlawfully possessed a controlled substance, and I can help you create a strong defense. If you have been arrested and charged with possession, complete a free case evaluation form or contact a Rockland County drug lawyer today to learn more about your legal options!

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