NYC Drug Defense Attorneys
With dozens of successfully defended cases, our drug crime defense attorneys help individuals accused of narcotics possession, trafficking and related offenses.
Charged with a narcotic offense by New York state authorities?
Though punishment for state-level drug offenses is usually less severe, in many cases there is a possibility that a minor charge may turn into a federal-level offense that will be investigated and prosecuted by federal drug enforcement authorities. Therefore, neglecting the necessity of asking legal help from experienced lawyers may have severe consequences. And no matter what type of drug offense you are charged with, a state or federal-level type, having any kind of narcotic conviction on your record won’t do you any good. Thus, it is necessary to contact a legal counsel in a timely fashion.
In New York, the classification of such offenses is pretty straightforward, and they range from Class B misdemeanor for possession of diluents that may be used for preparing narcotics, for example, to Class A felony for major trafficking charges. Penalties vary greatly depending on the severity of the offense, previous criminal record and other circumstances. It may be a few months of jail time, parole and a fine of a few hundred dollars or up to $250,000 fine and life imprisonment, in some states even capital punishment is possible, but not in New York.
There are several possible defense strategies that may help our drug crime lawyers either prove that the client is innocent or change the degree of the offense to a less severe. These include proving lack of intent on the part of the defendant, possession for personal use only, infancy, etc. Drug defense lawyers at an NYC-based firm Joseph Potashnik and Associates have successfully handled dozens of such cases, and if you or someone dear to you face prosecution in relation to such offenses, they will do their utmost to help you out.
Why choose Joseph Potashnik and Associates?
Established in 2006, our law firm boasts of a strong team of pre-eminent criminal defense attorneys who have vast experience in dealing with such federal drug enforcement authorities as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), as well as the New York Police Department. Our lawyers have represented medical professionals, private individuals and companies in multiple narcotics-related cases. We are capable of building effective defense strategies that will help either dismiss the case or minimize criminal charges. Check out some of our success stories.
State-Level Narcotic Charges Cases Handled by Our Lawyers
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance
Our client was accused of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. She was facing harsh criminal charges – 10 years of imprisonment and a substantial fine – $40,000.
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance
We represented a client in a multi-defendant case accused of controlled substance trafficking. Unlike other defendants, our client was a first-time offender. Still, he faced 10 years of prison time and a $50,000 fine.
Diversion of a Controlled Substance
We represented a pharmacist investigated by the DEA Diversion Control Unit for controlled substances diversion in connection with increased sales of oxycodone. If convicted, the client would face 10 years of jail time and a $100,000 fine.
We managed to prove that the amount was much less than originally stated, thus making the sentence significantly less harsh. The client was sentenced to a fine in the amount of $20,000.
Our lawyers built a strong defense case which allowed reaching a settlement of 1 year of imprisonment and a $5,000 fine.
The investigation ended without criminal prosecution due to lack of evidence. No civil or criminal charges were served.
Are you or someone close to you accused of a narcotic-related offense? Contact us now!