New York Drug Crime Attorneys
Serving Those Accused of Drug-Related Charges Throughout Suffolk & Nassau Counties
Whether your case involves simple possession or international trafficking, the New York drug lawyers at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco, LLP possess the expertise and resources to effectively defend your interests. Our scope of experience spans all sides of criminal proceedings: the defense, the prosecution, and even the bench itself. In fact, our attorneys have more than 200 years of collective experience. This allows us to deliver swifter and more effective results in every drug case we take on.
An Overview of Drug Charges in NY
New York is known to have some of the toughest drug laws in the country. Drug offenses range in type and severity. Types of drug cases include possession of a controlled substance, sale of a controlled substance, and drug trafficking. Whether you are charged with possession, sale, or trafficking will depend on the quantity of drugs with which you are arrested and other factors surrounding the arrest. For example, if officers discover a large quantity of drugs along with items that could be used to sell the drugs, like a scale, this may lead to a charge of possession with intent to distribute.
Drug charges carry the threat of a range of criminal penalties and collateral consequences, including fines, prison time, lost educational or career opportunities, and more. You must involve the right firm if you are to have the best opportunity of avoiding a conviction and everything this brings with it. At Barket Epstein, we have built a team of renowned legal professionals serving clients from our offices in Huntington, Garden City, and the Empire State Building in Manhattan, dedicated to protecting the rights of those who seek our help.
Contact our team at (888) 779-0267 today for a free review of your drug case. Our NY drug crimes lawyers stand ready to put our powerful team on your side.
Penalties for Possessing a Controlled Substance in New York
Drug crimes are serious offenses in the state of New York. Often, these charges will stem from the possession of a small amount of a controlled substance. Being arrested for even a small amount of drugs could potentially lead to fines, prison time, and a permanent criminal record. Those charged with a drug offense need to take action by retaining the assistance of a NY criminal defense lawyer to defend against the charges lodged against them.
Penalties for Drug Offenses in New York
Drug offense penalties vary depending on the specific charge and the drugs involved. Factors that will influence the drug penalty include:
- Which illegal substance was involved?
- Was there evidence of intent to sell?
- How much of the drug was found?
- Do you have a criminal record?
- Were firearms seized along with the drugs?
In New York, while marijuana is still illegal for recreational use, possessing a small amount of marijuana is now deemed a non-criminal charge. You will receive just a citation if you are a first time offender with a small amount of marijuana. Cocaine, on the other hand, could result in several months or even over a year in prison and fines for possession of just a small amount.
In addition to potential jail time and fines, a drug conviction will become a part of your permanent criminal record and could prevent you from getting a job, applying for educational loans, and much more. For this reason, it is critical that you mount a strong defense against any drug charge.
Legal Defenses for Drug Charges in NY
With a team comprising former prosecutors and judges, thought leaders in criminal law, seasoned litigators, and lawyers adept at handling high-profile cases, Barket Epstein can defend our clients with insight and tenacity.
Every case is different, but there are various defenses that may be used to challenge drug charges. These may include:
- Lack of knowledge or intent
- Possessing medication prescribed for the defendant’s own use
- Entrapment, meaning a police officer coerced the defendant into committing the crime
- Illegal search and seizure
- Planted evidence
Some drugs are patently illegal, such as methamphetamine, ecstasy, cocaine, and heroin. Others are illegal when they are not being used with a prescription for the medical problem they were designed to address, such as amphetamines used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), anti-anxiety medications like Xanax, antidepressants, opioid painkillers, and medical marijuana.
Build a Strong Defense Today
The legal consequences of drug crimes vary greatly. You have the right to an attorney who understands how to build a strong defense and who seeks to protect your freedom and your future. Our team can provide that for you.
For more information and to schedule your free consultation, call our New York drug crime attorneys at (888) 779-0267.
A Nationwide Influence
Barket Epstein's attorneys are regularly featured in the media to discuss their recent cases or offer insight on current events.
Over Two Centuries of Combined Experience
Barket Epstein has 13 attorneys who collectively bring over 200 years of experience to each case. Our team is comprised of former judges, former prosecutors, professors and true thought leaders in our fields.
A Comprehensive Team Approach
Given the experience and knowledge we have amongst the attorneys at our firm, we utilize a team approach. Each client benefits from the expertise of several attorneys, not just the one assigned to their case.
Thousands of Cases Handled
Our Criminal Defense team has represented over 1,000 clients with charges ranging from DWI to homicide.
Three Convenient Office Locations
Our firm offers clients three convenient locations in Garden City, Manhattan, and Huntington.