In New York courts and federal courts, drug possession and other narcotics-related crimes can be among the most serious. Many drug crimes have maximum penalties of life imprisonment, and many have substantial mandatory minimum prison sentences even for first-time offenders charged with relatively small amounts of narcotics.
New York's drug laws, known commonly as the “Rockefeller” laws, were amended recently but still require courts to impose very harsh sentences for relatively small amounts of heroin, crack or cocaine. In addition, federal drug laws can be very harsh—in particular, for small amounts of crack or cocaine base, as it is also known.
Another more recent development is the focus by state and federal law enforcement on the sale and possession of pills such as Ecstasy, Vicodin, OxyContin and Codeine, to name a few, and performance enhancing drugs like steroids and human growth hormone. If you have been arrested for a drug crime, call us immediately.Put a Former Prosecutor to Work for You
Convictions for drug crimes can have substantial consequences that extend far beyond jail or prison. Driver’s license revocation is mandatory for anyone who is convicted of a drug offense. A drug crime conviction in New York can also have substantial immigration consequences, even for legal immigrants, and impact many civil rights—including the right to vote and the right to hold public office.
If you have been charged with any drug or narcotics related offense you need an experienced criminal defense attorney who is not afraid to fight for your rights. A lawyer who is well-versed in state and federal drug cases can fight to get you released on bail, bond or your own recognizance, fight to get the evidence against you suppressed, and fight to get the drug charges against you dismissed.
Our senior partner, Peter H. Tilem, is a former Assistant District Attorney.Call Now for a Free Case Evaluation
If you have been arrested for a drug-related crime in New York, you should waste no time in contacting the White Plains drug crime defense lawyers at Tilem & Associates, PC. Our team is headed by a former prosecutor with decades of legal experience, so don’t wait to call. We are available at (877) 377-8666.