The Consequences You Could Face For Drug Crimes

Consequences for drug crimes in New York, whether at the state or federal level, can range from a tiny fine to prison time depending on the exact charges against you. This also means that with help from an experienced criminal defense lawyer, you could get those charges against you significantly reduced.

Attorney Joseph M. Ahearn has over 10 years of experience as a top prosecutor, giving him a unique perspective into how the other side will approach your case. His aggressive approach to criminal defense has successfully reduced or eliminated drug charges for dozens of his clients in Troy and across upstate New York.

The consequences you could face for drug crimes vary depending on the specific crime, the type of drug and the amount you have in possession. Penalties often include:

  • Fines
  • Jail or prison time
  • Community service
  • Mandated drug addiction programs

With the changing political landscape around marijuana legalization, marijuana possession does not necessarily result in jail time. Schedule a free consultation with the Law Offices of Joseph M. Ahearn to discuss the details of your case.

Types Of Drugs And Drug Crimes

Drug charges across the country range, but generally include one or more of the following:

  • Drug possession
  • Possession with intent to distribute
  • Drug trafficking
  • Drug manufacturing

The severity of the charges against you also depend on the type of drug with which you are in possession. The federal government classifies controlled substances in five categories, with Schedule I drugs often having the most severe penalties. These classifications and the most common substances associated with them are listed below.

  • Schedule I: heroin, LSD, marijuana, peyote and Ecstasy
  • Schedule II: oxycodone, morphine, opium, codeine, meth and other amphetamines
  • Schedule III: ketamine and products containing small amounts of Vicodin or codeine
  • Schedule IV: Xanax or Valium
  • Schedule V: Cough syrups containing trace amounts of codeine

Every situation is different, and requires a consultation with an attorney to start building an individualized defense. At the Law Offices of Joseph M. Ahearn, your first consultation is free. Get started by calling 518-272-6600 or reaching out online.