Regardless of if an individual is charged in federal or New York State Court, any case involving illegal drugs can result in penalties that will negatively impact a person’s life forever. Every single drug crimes case is different. There are nuances to some cases that do not appear in others. It is imperative that an individual who is charged with a drug crime contact us at Raiser & Kenniff. We have years of experience dealing with drug crimes throughout the state of New York in both local and federal court.
Drug Crimes in New York City
For decades, New York City has been renowned for its strict anti-drug laws. It has some of the strictest drug laws in the entire country. Recently there has been some changes to New York penal law, lowering mandatory minimums and giving sentencing judges more flexibility when handling drug cases. In some cases, individuals battling drug problems are given the option to enter treatment programs as opposed to doing jail time. However, these options are not automatic. For this reason, anyone charged with a drug crime in New York City should contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to get the best outcome from their day in court.
Anyone who has been arrested in New York City while possessing the following substances must contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately:
• Crystal Meth
• Crack Cocaine
• Illegal Prescription Drugs
There are other circumstances that can compound arrest associated with drug crimes. These factors can include:
• Crimes Committed near a School
• The Use of Illegal Drug Paraphernalia
• Drug Crimes Committed in Connection with Larger Conspiracies
• Driving While Using Drugs
• Weapons Charges While Using Drugs
These additional circumstances can take what appears to be a simple drug possession crime and turn it into a very serious case where the accused is facing decades behind bars. We at Raiser & Kenniff have experience handling all types of drug charges. We understand the law, and we understand how to minimize the consequences of drug related crimes for individuals who are involved in them.
Dealing with Federal Courts
When an individual realizes that they are facing a federal drug charge, it can feel overwhelming. Even for first offenses, federal drug crimes can carry huge fines and long prison terms. Repeat offenders may find themselves facing life in prison. The situation becomes even more complex when the drug crime is connected with a larger conspiracy such as human trafficking, robbery, murder, or kidnapping.
The laws related to federal drug crimes are extremely complex. Penalties can vary greatly depending on the illegal substance involved, the amount, and the intent an individual had for the substance. When a person is facing a federal drug crime, their back is usually up against the wall. They must make quick decisions that will have an impact on the rest of their lives. Our criminal defense attorneys have years of experience handling these cases, and we will give you the best advice.
Some factors that can increase the penalties for drug crimes include:
• Use of a Firearm When Selling Drugs
• Prior Felony Convictions
• Dealing Drugs near a School
• Drug Crimes That Resulted in Injury or Death
• Drugs Being Distributed to Individuals under 21 Years of Age
• Drugs Being Distributed to Minors, or the Use of Minors in Distributing Drugs
Every single one of these factors can add years if not decades to a sentence. This is why the lawyers at Raiser & Kenniff are diligent about fighting every element of your case every step of the way. Even if the decision is to make a plea offer, our lawyers will continue to fight to get you the lowest sentence possible.
Our legal team is comprised of former assistant district attorneys. This means that we understand how prosecutors approach drug related cases. This, combined with our 30+ years of experience, makes us the best bet for anyone who has been accused of a crime or who has a loved one who has been accused of a drug related crime. We are so confident in our ability to help you that we offer risk free consultations. There are no strings attached.
We are determined to help our clients by providing them protection, assistance, information, and the peace of mind that comes from knowing that they are working with professionals.