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Defense Against Possession, Sales, Distribution & Manufacturing Charges

Drug-related offenses are some of the most common crimes in New York City and throughout the state. These crimes involve the illegal possession, cultivation, sales, distribution, transportation, and manufacturing of certain controlled substances, which are regulated by the government. Some controlled substances, such as cocaine, are completely illegal to possess or manufacture. Others, such as prescription drugs, are legal in certain circumstances. If you are facing charges for drug crimes in New York City or Queens, you need a strong advocate on your side to defend your freedom and protect your rights.

At Musa-Obregon Law PC, we take an aggressive stance in defending clients facing all types of drug crime offenses in state, federal, and juvenile court, including:

Contact Musa-Obregon Law PC today to request a free and confidential consultation. We represent clients throughout New York, including both Westchester and Rockland County, as well as The Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn.

Penalties for Drug Crimes in New York

The specific penalties a defendant may face for a drug crime will vary depending on four primary factors:

  • The type of drug
  • The amount of drug
  • The nature of the offense
  • The defendant's criminal record, if any

Enhanced penalties and even mandatory jail or prison time may apply if large quantities of a controlled substance are discovered. When law enforcement finds a significant amount of one or more controlled substances during a search, this may also lead to distribution or trafficking charges instead of simple possession. In addition to incarceration, a drug crime conviction can also lead to fines reaching into the thousands of dollars as well as a criminal record that may harm your reputation and future prospects.

Five Drug Schedules of Controlled Substances

Drugs are classified under state and federal law according to their tendency to lead to abuse, their medicinal value (if any), and their perceived danger to those who take them. According to the New York State Controlled Substances Act, there are five schedules of controlled substances. The most dangerous are classified as Schedule I substances, with Schedule V drugs being the least serious. The most severe penalties will apply to Schedule I drugs, such as heroin, peyote, and ecstasy.

Drug Crimes Charged as Felonies

Possession with the intent to distribute, distribution, manufacturing and trafficking are serious drug crimes that are often charged as felonies, and under New York drug laws, a defendant may face a mandatory prison sentence and heavy fines. First time, non-violent offenders may qualify for alternative sentencing in the form of treatment or rehabilitation in lieu of jail time.

Felony drug crimes fall under the following classifications:

  • Class A-I felony: Includes operating as a major trafficker, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree, and criminal sale of a controlled substance in the first degree.
  • Class A-II felony: Includes criminal sale of a controlled substance in the second degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree
  • Class B felony: Includes criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the first degree
  • Class C felony: Includes criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance and criminal possession or sale of marijuana in the first degree
  • Class D felony: Includes criminal possession or sale of marijuana in the second degree, criminal possession or sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, and criminally using drug paraphernalia in the first degree
  • Class E felony: Includes criminal possession or sale of marijuana in the third degree, criminal injection of a narcotic drug, and criminal possession of precursors of controlled substances

Call Musa-Obregon Law PC for a Free Case Evaluation

If you have been arrested and are facing drug charges, all is not lost. Search and seizure violations or other errors or infringements upon your constitutional rights may pave the way for a successful defense against possession, distribution, or even trafficking charges.

It takes a legal team that has the resources to investigate your case and the dedication to build the most compelling defense on your behalf, in spite of what seems to be an "open and shut" case to the prosecution. With 100 years of collective legal experience, the attorneys at Musa-Obregon Law PC are ready to fight for you. Get your free initial case evaluation with our highly experienced Queens criminal defense attorneys today.

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