Arrested for Possession of Drugs? The Fight for Your Freedom Starts Here

Livingston County Drug Possession Attorney

Drug Crime Lawyer Serving Rochester, NY

Have you been found in the possession of an illegal substance? New York law enforcement officials are cracking down on the possession, sale and distribution of illegal drugs and they enforce strict penalties on convicted offenders. The drug laws in New York have changed several times over the years, which is why it is essential that you obtain the top drug crime lawyer who is familiar with the law and can inform you of your rights and legal options. Our Livingston County criminal defense lawyers have extensive experience defending against drug crime offenses and we can help you seek alternative sentencing or a full dismissal of your charges. If you have been arrested for drug possession in the state of New York, seek aggressive legal counsel from our trusted firm.

Penalties for Drug Possession in New York

Drug crimes can be prosecuted in state or federal court, depending on the specifics of the crime. These charges range from simple possession to drug trafficking and the penalties will vary depending on the type of drug and the gram weight of the drug.

Our firm is highly adept in handling drug possession charges including possession of:

  • Marijuana - If you are found in possession of less than 2 ounces in a non-public place, then you could face a fine up to $100. Possession of 2 ounces or less in a public place carries a penalty of 3 months in jail. If you are arrested with 2 ounces of marijuana or more, then you could serve one year in jail. Anyone found with 8 ounces or more will face a felony charge and prison sentence.
  • Cocaine - Anything less than 500 mg is considered to be a Class A misdemeanor which carries a one year jail sentence. Any possession charge of 500 mg or more is a felony crime and will require a prison sentence. If you are found with 8 ounces or more, you could face 8-20 years in prison.
  • Methamphetamine - If you are arrested for less than ½ ounce of meth, then you could face a 1 year jail sentence. Anyone in possession of ½ or more of meth will face felony charges which carry lengthy prison sentences.
  • Heroin - If you are found in possession of less than 1/8 of an ounce of heroin, then it is considered a Class A misdemeanor which is punishable for up to a year in jail. Defendants who possess 1/8 of an ounce or more of meth could face felony charges and an extended prison sentence.
  • Ecstasy - If you possess less than 25 mg of ecstasy, then it is a Class A misdemeanor with a one year jail sentence. If you're arrested for 25 mg or more, then it is a Class C felony which carries a prison sentence up to 5 1/2 years. The more gram weight that it is in your possession, the more severe the penalties become.
  • OxyContin - If you are found with four tablets of oxycodone, then you could face a Fourth Degree charge with carries a sentence of 18 months in jail. If you possess 5-99 tablets then it is a Third Degree offense which carries a five year jail sentence and a fine of $200,000. Having 100 tablets or more is a Second Degree charge with is punishable for up to 10 years in jail and a $300,000 fine.

If you have been caught in possession of an illegal controlled substance or a legal controlled substance with a prescription, then you could face harsh legal repercussions. Be sure to speak with a qualified drug possession lawyer so you can work to evade a criminal conviction.

Drug Possession Lawyer in Livingston County

Whether you are facing a simple possession charge, a federal drug crime or a search and seizure violation, our drug crime attorneys are here to protect your rights. With a drug possession conviction on your criminal record, your reputation and your career could be crippled. Our firm can do a thorough investigation into your charges and pursue the best possible outcome for your drug case. We will fight tirelessly to obtain a reduction or full dismissal of your charges by searching for flaws such as illegal search and seizure. When you are facing top notch prosecutors, you need the most experienced criminal defense lawyer in Western New York. Our attorneys here at Van Allen & Hoffmann, LLP have more than 30 years of collective experience that they can put to work for you!

Need an attorney for your drug possession case in Rochester?

If you have been arrested and charged with a drug crime including possession, sale or drug trafficking, then you need hard-hitting defense to protect your rights in court. Our small firm provides focused attention for every case and we strive to attain big results. We can help calm your fears and give you the best defense options for your case. Our legal team is 100% dedicated to our clients, so you won't be treated as just another billable hour or case number. Whether you have been caught in possession of marijuana or with cocaine, we stand ready to take on your case. You can call to discuss your charges today by scheduling a consultation.

Contact our firm today to speak with an experienced Western New York drug crime lawyer.

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