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Goshen Drug Offenses Defense Lawyer

Drug offense prosecutions make big headlines and can even make careers for police officers and prosecutors, and arrests and prosecutions are sought vigorously by the government. In their zeal, the government might overstep its bounds, trample on civil rights, mishandle evidence, or charge people with crimes far out of proportion to what allegedly occurred. At Dupée & Monroe, P.C., our experienced criminal defense attorneys are dedicated to defending individuals charged with drug offenses in Orange County and the Hudson Valley. If you or a loved one has been arrested on drug charges, contact our Goshen law office to speak with a skilled and successful New York criminal defense lawyer.

Overview of New York Drug Offenses

The New York Penal Code outlines various drug offenses, ranging from possession and manufacturing to trafficking and distribution. The severity of these offenses can vary significantly based on factors such as the type and quantity of the controlled substance, prior convictions, and the intent behind the possession.

Possession of a Controlled Substance (NY Penal Code § 220.03 – § 220.25)

Possession offenses are among the most common drug charges in New York. These charges can range from simple possession to more serious offenses involving larger quantities or specific types of drugs. For instance:

  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree (§ 220.03): This is a Class A misdemeanor, typically involving smaller amounts of controlled substances.
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree (§ 220.21): This Class A-I felony involves possessing large quantities of substances such as cocaine or heroin.

Manufacturing and Distribution (NY Penal Code § 220.28 – § 220.77)

Manufacturing and distribution offenses are treated more severely due to their implications for public safety. Key sections of the law include:

  • Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance (§ 220.31 – § 220.44): These statutes cover various degrees of selling controlled substances, with penalties increasing based on the drug type and quantity.
  • Operating as a Major Trafficker (§ 220.77): This Class A-I felony is one of the most severe charges, targeting those involved in large-scale drug trafficking operations.

Other Related Offenses

New York Penal Code also addresses other drug-related activities, such as:

  • Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia (§ 220.50 – § 220.55): Involves the possession of items used for manufacturing or distributing drugs.
  • Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine (§ 220.73 – § 220.74): Specific to the production of methamphetamine, with varying degrees based on the operation’s scope.

Defending Against Drug Charges

At Dupée & Monroe, P.C., we understand that each case is unique and requires a tailored defense strategy. Our attorneys meticulously review the details of every case to identify potential defenses, which may include, for example:

  • Unlawful Search and Seizure: Challenging evidence obtained through illegal search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment.
  • Lack of Intent: Arguing that the defendant did not have the intent to possess, manufacture, or distribute the controlled substance.
  • Entrapment: Demonstrating that law enforcement induced the defendant to commit a crime they would not have otherwise engaged in.

Penalties for Drug Offenses

The penalties for drug offenses in New York can be severe, including lengthy prison sentences, substantial fines, and long-term consequences for one’s personal and professional life. The classification of the offense (misdemeanor vs. felony) and the specific charges significantly impact the potential penalties. Misdemeanor offenses often result in shorter jail sentences (up to one year), probation, fines, and community service. Felony offenses, on the other hand, carry more severe penalties, including multi-year prison sentences, higher fines, and lasting criminal records.

The Importance of Legal Representation

Facing drug charges without skilled legal representation can be a big mistake. The experienced attorneys at Dupée & Monroe, P.C. are committed to providing vigorous defense for those accused of drug offenses. We work tirelessly to protect our clients’ rights and strive to achieve the best possible outcomes, whether through negotiation, plea bargains, or trial defense. From working to get charges reduced or dropped to representing you in court, we work strategically for a favorable outcome.

Contact Dupée & Monroe, P.C.

At Dupée & Monroe, P.C., we are dedicated to providing comprehensive legal defense to those accused of drug offenses with the goal of obtaining the best possible outcome for our clients. If you or a loved one is facing drug charges in New York, it is crucial to seek legal counsel immediately. Orange County or the Hudson Valley, call Dupée & Monroe, P.C. in Goshen at 845-294-8900 for immediate assistance or to learn more about how we can help defend your rights and future.

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