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Drug Crimes

Drug Crimes Attorney in Manhattan

Defense for Drug & Narcotic Crimes in NYC & The Five Boroughs

The United States has the world's biggest prison population because of its draconian drugs laws. While there is a movement to reform the harsh penalties associated with the country's narcotics laws, police and prosecutors are as aggressive as ever in enforcing them. If you find yourself accused of violating any of New York's numerous drug laws, you will need a proven Manhattan drug crimes defense attorney defending your rights.

The New York Penal Code divides its drug laws into three categories:

  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Marijuana (spelled "marihuana" by the legislature)

Click below for a detailed explanation regarding the commonly charged drug crimes in New York:

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Controlled Substances & Narcotics

Under New York law, the substances that are "controlled" are listed in New York Public Health Law Article 33. All of the drugs that are commonly known as being illegal, like heroin, cocaine, LSD, etc, are on this list. Public Health Law 33 also delineates that some "controlled substances" are considered "narcotics," which include substances like cocaine or heroin.

Whether a controlled substance is classified as a narcotic is significant because the particular sanctions can be greater for possessing or selling a narcotic in certain contexts. For example:

  • If a person sells LSD to someone else, he or she is guilty of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree. The maximum sentence for a first-arrest, in this case, is 30 months in prison.
  • If a person sells heroin to someone else, he or she is guilty of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in Third Degree. The maximum period of incarceration for a first-arrest heroin sale is nine years in prison.

For a simple possession charge, however, the legal significance is the same. Both narcotics and controlled substances are class A misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail.

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Criminal Sale and Possession of a Controlled Substance in any degree is a serious crime and may include a substantial prison sentence.

Contact our skilled Manhattan drug crime defense attorney for a free consultation if you, or a loved one, is accused of any sale or possession charges.

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