Drug Charge Criminal Defense Attorney
Drug charges can range from simple misdemeanors to felonies that can lead to long prison sentences. New York State drug laws are extremely complex. Charges vary depending on the kind of drug involved, the total quantity of the substance found, if it was near public school grounds and also the overall intent – personal use vs distribution. Regardless of the charge, you need a competent and experienced criminal defense attorney to aggressively protect your rights and help you get the most favorable outcome.
The Law Office of Andrew DeLuca represents individuals charged with a variety of drug charges including:
- Cultivation or manufacturing of illegal drugs
- Possession of illegal drugs
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Drug trafficking and distribution
Charges for Drug Possession and Distribution
If convicted of a drug crime, the maximum sentence is up to life in prison for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree. Other penalties include:
- Class B misdemeanor
- Class A misdemeanor
- Class E Felony
- Class D Felony
- Class C Felony
- Class B Felony
- Class A-II Felony
- Class A-I Felony
Drug Laws in New York State
Although New York State has a history of harsh drug laws, started under the Nelson Rockefeller administration, New York now has an alternative sentencing program to prison. It may be made available for individuals who have a substance abuse problem, and have been arrested for possession under class B, C, D, or E. By completing the program the judge may reduce your charges or even dismiss them. Drug cases are often more complex than the other criminal matters and require an attorney that is experienced in challenging confidential informant evidence.
The most common drug offenses include sale or possession of cocaine, crack, ecstasy, fentanyl, heroin, illegally obtained prescription painkillers, LSD and marijuana. The possession of drug paraphernalia such as syringes, crack pipes, and scales is also illegal and could lead to additional charges if there is evidence found that you have manufactured or trafficked the illegal drug.
Upstate New York Drug Crime Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug related crime in Upstate New York including Saratoga Springs, Albany, Troy, Latham, Schenectady, Glens Falls, Gloversville, Amsterdam, then contact criminal defense attorney Andrew DeLuca for a free consultation. We will explore your options and establish a strategy to obtain the best possible results for your case.
Call Andrew DeLuca today at 518-245-9109 or fill out the form below.