Drug Possession Lawyers in New York
Aggressive Defense for Clients in Manhattan, Nassau County, Suffolk County & Beyond
Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco, LLP provides uncompromising, highly experienced criminal defense representation for individuals accused of drug possession in Nassau County, Suffolk County, and throughout the tri-state area, as well as in all state and federal charges involving controlled substances. Our team comprises renowned leaders in their respective fields, with diverse backgrounds and experience that enable us to provide effective legal counsel and defense.
Remember, if you are arrested for drug possession, you have the right to an attorney, no matter the circumstances surrounding your charges. Demand to exercise this right. Remain silent, as even attempting to show your cooperation could backfire and result in self-incriminating statements or actions that harm your case later. Instead, contact a New York drug possession defense attorney at our firm and ensure that your rights are protected.
For a free consultation and review of your drug possession case, call Barket Epstein at (888) 779-0267.
Elements of Drug Possession Charges in New York
In order for the State of New York to convict you of “actual” possession, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:
- The substance was either within your physical possession (on your person);
- It was a controlled substance;
- You were aware that you possessed it; and
- The possession was unlawful.
The State of New York can also charge you with “constructive” possession, provided you had control over the individual who possessed the drugs or the place in which they were found. This can be proven even if the defendant is not physically present at the time that the drugs were found.
Drug Possession Defenses
Despite the severe penalties for drug possession, there are several defenses that can be used to challenge your charges:
- The substance is not an illegal drug
- Lawful possession
- Insufficient quantity
- You are a witness to or victim of overdose
- The drugs were located based on an unlawful search and seizure
Alternative Sentencing for Drug Possession in Suffolk & Nassau County, NY
New York has an alternative sentencing program to standard jail time. The program, Drug Treatment Court, may be made available for an individual who has a problem with substance abuse and who has been arrested for drug possession under class B, C, D, or E. If an individual completes the program, the judge may reduce your criminal charges or even dismiss them.
Contact Our Seasoned Drug Possession Defense Attorneys
Our legal experience and training is significant and can make a considerable impact on even the most “open-and-shut” drug possession case. Our New York drug possession attorneys have over 200 years of combined experience, the considerable knowledge it takes to identify relevant case law and legislation, and the resources to carefully investigate every aspect of a drug charge.
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.