Charged with Drug Distribution in Queens?
Queens & Manhattan Drug Crime Defense Lawyer
Criminal distribution of a controlled substance is a type of drug crime
that involves the knowing and unlawful distribution of a substance listed
in the New York State Controlled Substances Act § 3306: Schedules
of Controlled Substances. This may include prescription drugs distributed
without a lawful license to do so or illegal street drugs that are unlawful to
possess and/or distribute in any scenario. This offense is typically charged as
a felony, with the classification of the felony and specific penalties
imposed varying depending on the type and amount of drug involved as well
as the defendant's criminal history, if any.
Have you been arrested for allegedly transporting, selling or otherwise
distributing a controlled substance in Queens? The NYPD, DEA and all state
and federal law enforcement agencies take these charges very seriously.
If formally charged, you could face years behind bars. This is why it
is essential to exercise your right to legal counsel as soon as possible.
Even if you have been brought in for "questioning" and have
not yet been charged with a drug crime, you may be in danger of being
charged at any moment. Anything you say and do at this time may be used
against you; the best chance you have at protecting your freedom is a
criminal defense lawyer.
100 years of combined experience and founded by an attorney who is a former prosecutor, Musa-Obregon &
Associates can provide the criminal defense counsel you need. With a
New York City drug crime defense lawyer from the firm by your side, you can feel confident that your constitutional
rights will be protected to the fullest extent as you face questioning
and searches by law enforcement, bail hearings and all other proceedings
related to your case.
Distribution vs. Possession
Possession of a controlled substance may be charged as a misdemeanor in
certain situations, usually if a small amount of a controlled substance
is involved. With distribution, however, even a first offense and smaller
amounts of controlled substances may result in felony charges. A defendant
may face felony charges and enhanced penalties even if there is no evidence
that the distribution or
sale of the drugs actually took place: intent is enough to warrant felony drug
charges under New York law.
How does law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney determine whether
a defendant should be charged with an "intent to sell" or distribute
a controlled substance? They may look at the evidence that was found at
the scene, such as baggies that could be used to hold small amounts of
drugs to be sold more easily, scales used to measure drugs, client lists,
cash and other items that may indicate that the drugs were meant to be
distributed to others.
Get an Aggressive Defense from Our Queens Criminal Defense Firm
This can create somewhat of a grey area in drug cases, and your criminal
defense lawyer may be able to use this to your advantage. Criminal charges
must be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt for a defendant to be found
guilty. In challenging drug distribution charges, your lawyer can use
various strategies to create doubt in the jurors' minds. This doubt
may stem from a lack of evidence that would indicate intent to distribute.
Another strategy may be proving that evidence was recovered in violation
of a defendant's search and seizure rights. Your attorney should use
any means necessary to uphold your rights and protect your interests.
Get the legal counsel you deserve –
contact an NYC drug crime attorney at the firm.
We serve clients facing drug distribution charges throughout all of New
York, including Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Rockland County
and Westchester County.