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If you are charged with drug distribution in New York, then you could be ordered to spend a significant length of time in jail as this is often one of the most serious drug crimes in the state. After being charged, you should contact an experienced attorney who can handle your case, look at the evidence and the method of how the evidence was gathered by officers, and present the defense in court. If convicted of the crime of drug distribution, then your life could be impacted in numerous ways. You could lose your job, your relationships with those you love could change, or you could be placed on supervision after spending time in jail or instead of being sentenced to jail. Supervision often means that the things you do each day are limited and that you would need to take random drug tests to show that you are not using drugs.
If you consult with your attorney and present details about how drugs were found in your possession or if you have a solid alibi regarding the distribution charge, then your attorney could be able to reach a deal with the prosecution so that your charges are reduced or dropped altogether. It’s important to maintain contact with your attorney throughout your trial process so that you can supply any additional information that might be needed.
There are several drugs that are illegal to possess in New York and that can often result in a felony charge. These drugs include cocaine, heroin, prescription drugs, and meth. In order to be charged and convicted of drug distribution, the prosecution must be able to show that you possessed drugs and had the intent to give or sell them to other people. One of the ways that your attorney can defend a drug distribution charge is by approaching the court and stating that you were not aware that drugs were in the vehicle you were operating or in the home you were in at the time officers arrived to search the property. If you can clearly show that you had no knowledge of the drugs being present, then you could be cleared of the charges and not have the charge on your criminal record at all.
If you’re charged with possession of a drug, especially one like marijuana, then it will usually be a misdemeanor instead of a felony. However, since distribution often means that you’re getting drugs out to other people, it’s a charge that’s often considered a felony. You could also be charged with a felony if you have a large number of drugs in your possession without the intent to distribute. Charges could range from a class D felony to a class B felony with each having their own consequences. Some consequences could include years in jail if you are convicted in a court of law. As long as the prosecution has evidence of intent to distribute drugs, then you could be charged with the crime even if there isn’t clear evidence that drugs exchanged hands.
When you consult with your attorney about your charges, you’ll often be asked about the type of drugs that you were accused of distributing. This is an important detail as some drugs could result in a longer jail sentence than others. Another factor that the court will consider is the amount of drugs in your possession. Your attorney will look at how the officer found the drugs if there were any present and how the officer obtained evidence that you could have been distributing drugs as the process of recovering evidence has to be completed in a legal manner. The court will often take into consideration your criminal record before giving a sentence if you are convicted of the crime.
An attorney will understand the legal process of drug distribution charges and will be able to offer the advice so that the results are delivered in court. Sometimes, representing yourself in court might not be the option if you are facing significant jail time as you might not be aware of the legal proceedings and how to negotiate plea deals in court. Your attorney can sometimes meet with the prosecution before you go in front of a judge to reach an agreement outside of court as well.