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Drug charges are the most common crime brought in state and federal courts in New York. There is a huge variety of drug charges that prosecutors may seek with penalties ranging from a small monetary fine to possibly life in prison. As a result, it is extremely important that you work with an experienced New York drug lawyer for your defense.
Generally, the severity of the penalties you face such as whether you face a misdemeanor or felony charge will depend upon three factors. These include the type of drug you are accused of possessing, the amount of the drug involved, and whether the drug was for your own use or the use of others.
There are many different types of drug crimes in New York. Some of the most common charges that a New York drug lawyer defends against include:
Prosecutors oftentimes build weak cases against drug crime defendants or use unscrupulous methods. Many drug cases feature two recurring themes of police error that can seriously damage a prosecutor’s case, says a New York drug lawyer.
First, law enforcement officials may violate your rights with an illegal search and seizure. Police generally need probable cause to make a stop or to search your possessions. In addition, police may need a warrant to enter your home. Probable cause can be difficult to prove and prosecutors have the burden to show that the police reasonably believed a crime was being committed. An experienced attorney can introduce evidence and help demonstrate why such belief by the police was, in fact, unreasonable. The police similarly need probable cause to receive a search warrant. Getting a proper warrant can take some time, and many law enforcement personnel wrongly skip this important step, jeopardizing their case.
The second error that many law enforcement personnel engage in is the use of untrustworthy informants to gather information. Many of these informers are far from reliable. The informers may have their own motives to point the finger at you. For example, an informer may be absolved of his or her own crime or may get a reduced sentence as an exchange. As a result, an experienced New York drug lawyer knows how to chip away at the credibility of many of these informers.
From a misdemeanor possession charge to a felony drug distribution charge, you should be aware that you face very serious penalties if you are convicted of a drug charge. This is true even for first-time offenders. The exact penalty that you face generally depends upon the following three factors:
If you have been charged with a drug offense in New York, it is important that you contact an experienced New York drug attorney. The penalties for a drug crime can be very severe. As a result, you will want experienced attorney Frederick L. Sosinsky on your side. With over 27 years’ experience, Mr. Sosinsky has handled hundreds of drug cases in the federal and state courts in New York. To discuss the specifics of your case with Mr. Sosinsky, call (212) 285-2270.
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