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Being accused of a drug related offense is a serious matter. You could be facing two separate charges.
+ Unlawful Criminal Possession of a Prescription Drug
If the prescription drug is a controlled substance as outlined in Article 220, then the worst possible charge, which is a Class A-I felony is Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree. The lowest charge, which is a Class A misdemeanor, is the same charge in the Seventh Degree.
+ Criminal Sale of a Prescription for a Controlled Substance
This is a class C felony.
Both of these charges and similar drug charges involving controlled substances and prescription drugs are punishable under the New York State Penal Code Article 220. Each charge could become a conviction on your permanent record that changes your life. It could be hard to obtain employment, housing, professional and business licenses, and other aspects of livelihood after doing time for this type of conviction. It behooves you as the potential offender to seek the services of a New York drug crimes lawyer as soon as possible. This will help you to understand your rights under the law and to take appropriate action to protect yourself as your case moves through the court system.
Trust the Experts at the Spodek Law Group
We are experienced New York state criminal defense lawyers who have helped countless clients in this area of drug crime charges. A charge is not a conviction, but, without legal help, you could end up serving time behind bars for many years. The outcome of this case could also threaten your ability to provide for your family and/or endanger your immigration status in the U.S. If you are trying to stay on the right side of the law, then you should definitely stay away from possession or sale of controlled substances. This only leads to legal troubles and potential incarceration.
Understanding Your Rights
It takes time for a drug crimes case like this one involving possession or sale of a controlled substance or a prescription drug to move through the courts. The district attorney’s office is counting on the fact that they will have enough evidence in this case to convict you in New York State. Your prior cirminal record could also influence the outcome of this case. First-time offenders usually have the best chance of getting the most lenient sentence, if found guilty. If you hire a criminal defense attorney, you hae the options, as someone wihtout an attorney also does, to seek a plea bargain and plead to a lesser charge, go to trial and seek an acquittal, or try to get the charge dismissed for lack of evidence or other technical problems with how you were arrested or porcessed through the system.
Get Your Life Back on Track
We believe that people get into bad situations, which does not necessarily make them bad people. We have extensive experience in defending individuals accused of drug crimes. We consider each drug charge with care and determine if we can help. We are committed to fighting aggressively in the courts and helping our clients to obtain the best possible outcome. If you must serve time in prison, we want to ensure that this is as little as possible. We know that people accused of a crime want to get out of jail and spend time with their families. Please take this charge seriously and take appropriate steps to comply with all requirements in the detention facility and in the court system. It’s important to focus on getting your life back on track and staying on the right side of the justice system.
You Aren’t Alone in the Criminal Justice System
Spodek Law Group understands that people just like you become the targets of criminal investigations, get arrested for alleged drug crimes, or become witnesses in drug enforcement investigations. This is a difficult time that may require the services of a qualified lawyer. As a potential offender, you want to find the best legal representation, so you can secure a good outcome. We want you to preserve your civil rights, your self-esteem, your dignity, and your freedom, so you can continue to take part in society and care for your family. There is no way to substitute for expert legal advice. Contact one of our dedicated criminal defense attorneys today and see if we may be of assistance in this matter.