Rockland County Drug Lawyer
Fighting Serious Potential Consequences if Convicted
The federal government and the state of New York have stringent regulations regarding the use, manufacturing, possession, and distribution of drugs. The Controlled Substances Act divides drugs into five schedules, numbered I through IV based on their potential for abuse, medical use and potential for psychological or physical dependence.
Drug crimes vary in severity and are punished according to the schedule and amount of the drug as well as the type of crime, but all carry harsh penalties, which is why it is imperative to retain the representation of an experienced Rockland County criminal defense lawyer.
Types of Drug Crimes
There are many different types of drug crimes because every state as well as the federal government prohibits the possession, manufacture and sale of certain controlled substances.
- Drug crimes include the following:
- Marijuana possession
- Prescription fraud
Penalties for Drug Crimes
Penalties for drug crimes can include long prison sentences and expensive fees. Selling a controlled substance, for example, is a felony in the state of New York. Penalties for selling drugs range from one year in prison or $5,000 in fines for first-time offenders convicted of fifth-degree offenses to life imprisonment or $100,000 in fines for major drug traffickers. Possession, the least serious of drug crimes in New York, can still lead to 20 years imprisonment or a fine of $100,000.
Recreational Marijuana in New York
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo legalized recreational cannabis use, possession, sale, and cultivation on March 31, 2021. Adults who are at least 21 years old may possess up to three (3) ounces of marijuana or up to 24 grams of concentrated cannabis for personal use.
In addition, residents may grow up to six (6) plants per person or 12 plants per household. Lastly, it is legal to smoke marijuana in places where smoking tobacco is legal, unless specifically restricted by specific municipalities.
Possession of more than the legal amount or sale of cannabis without a license can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony.
Enlist the Assistance of the Law Office of Brian Berkowitz
If you have been arrested and charged with a drug crime, you should seek legal counsel from an experienced Rockland County Criminal Defense Attorney as soon as possible. I worked for four years in the Rockland County District Attorney's office and I know what prosecutors are looking for when handling cases involving controlled substances.
They 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. I understand that this is a difficult time for you and your loved ones, but I can personally walk you through your case with my client-centered approach.
If you need assistance from a Rockland County drug attorney, complete a free case evaluation to learn more about protecting your freedom today!