In New York courts and federal courts, drug possession, drug sale, conspiracies involving drugs 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. However, new options for judges, prosecutors and defense lawyers, in New York Courts, permit cases to go through a process known as Judicial Diversion which can result in a significant reduction or even dismissal of your drug charges.
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, as well as so called “designer” drugs, synthetics and all of the opioids. If you have been arrested for a drug crime, call us immediately for a free consultation with an experienced and knowledgeable drug crime attorney in Westchester County.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 in New York. 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. In addition, many drug crimes even involving marijuana still carry significant sentences.
If you have been charged with any drug or narcotics related offense you need an experienced drug crime lawyer in Westchester County 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.
As mentioned above, those charged with drug crimes may be entitled to have the the drugs or other evidence against them suppressed based upon a violation of their right to be free from unreasonable searches. In addition, an experienced narcotics attorney can seek a hearing in which the police will be questioned about the reason that a person was stopped and searched.
Our senior partner, Peter H. Tilem, is a former Assistant District Attorney. Put the knowledge, experience and training of a former prosecutor to work for you.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 Westchester County drug crime 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. Please schedule a fast, free and friendly consultation either over the phone or in person.