Drug Crimes

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Drug crimes in New York and New Jersey can range from simple possession of marijuana to interstate drug trafficking. No matter what type of drug charge you are facing, the consequences of a conviction can have long-term negative effects. These effects can range from a few days in jail to lengthy prison terms, heavy fines, long probation periods, and a future going forward with a life-long criminal record. Such a record can have collateral consequences, from difficulties in finding employment to potential deportation and other immigration problems for noncitizens.

At the Law Offices of Iannuzzi and Iannuzzi, we are deeply familiar with both state and federal drug laws, each types of court procedures and sentencing, and how to investigate and formulate effective defense strategies. Our firm has been representing those accused of every possible type of drug offense since 1930. Our criminal defense team is led by a respected trial lawyer, law school professor, and author of legal works who has 56 years of experience alone in this field. If you are looking for the best possible case result, legal ability, and experience, look no further.

Arrested for a drug crime? Schedule a free, initial consultation with a New York drug crime defense attorney at (646) 956-2660.

New York & New Jersey Drug Charges

Drug charges revolve around the possession, usage, sales, and distribution of controlled dangerous substances. Both New York and New Jersey have classified certain drugs and the compounds used to make them into controlled substance “schedules.” These schedules rank drugs by how dangerous and addictive they are. New York classifies these drugs into five schedules, with Schedule I being the most addictive and likely for abuse.

Controlled substances that fall into these schedules include such drugs as:

  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Fentanyl
  • LSD
  • Ecstasy

Medical drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, Xanax, Valium, and more are also listed in New York and New Jersey schedules. Possession and distribution of these drugs without a valid prescription are also prohibited by law. While other states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, possession and sale of this substance remains a criminal offense in both states as of 2020.

How you are punished in any drug crime will depend on what the schedule of the drug that was found in your possession, how much of it was found, and whether your crime involved selling, distributing, manufacturing, or trafficking. New York has complex drug laws regarding the various Scheduled drugs and activities relating to them. However, all crimes involving the sale of controlled substances in the state are charged as felonies ranging from the lowest fifth-degree level to the most serious first-degree felonies.

When it comes to drug possession, for example, carrying of eight ounces or more of a controlled substance in New York is generally charged as a Class A felony which carries penalties of eight to 20 years in prison and/or fines of up to $100,000. Simple possession of marijuana is charged as a violation which can result in up to 15 days in jail or a fine not exceeding $250. Other drug felony charges can range from Class B down to Class E felonies with penalties ranging from up to a year in jail to nine years in prison along with fines between $15,000 and $30,000.

Federal Drug Charges

Federal drug charges are even more serious than state offenses since convictions will involve tough federal sentencing guidelines. Your case will be handled in federal court by aggressive federal prosecutors aiming for convictions. To combat this, you will need an equally aggressive and knowledgeable federal defense attorney. Our legal has the legal skills, poise, and determination for such litigation.

Why Turn to the Law Offices of Iannuzzi and Iannuzzi?

Drug charges are vigorously pursued at both the state and federal levels by government agencies whose sole purpose is to obtain convictions. Law enforcement officials have been trained in high pressure tactics to extract the information they need to pursue charges and help the prosecution with their case against you. We urge you to avail yourself of our law firm, one that has built a solid reputation for superior legal service and ability.

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