Drug charges are often considered a serious situation, and as last week's post for this blog pointed out, drug crimes could involve children. When residents in New York are accused of drug possession, the penalties they could be looking at are often harsh. The circumstances surrounding the crime and charges often determine the potential consequences they could face.
Facing criminal allegations often involves confronting the potential for serious penalties as well as life-impacting consequences. Our law firm understands that being charged with a drug crime can not only carry the potential for serious penalties for New York defendants, but could also cause the accused to endure a damaged personal and professional reputation. In order to initiate a defense and understand the best legal strategy, it is important to analyze all possible defense routes that could lead to reduced or dismissed charges.
In the state of New York and other states across the nation, when laws and regulations are no longer appropriate, adjustments should be made. With regards to regulations dealing with drug possession, the details of the law might require modification if the resulting penalties or consequences do not align with the crime. In some cases, the punishment is much too severe for the crime committed. In order to avoid unjust treatment to defendants, these punishments are modified.
If you have been arrested on drug charges in New York, you have the right to an attorney and the right to defend against the charges in court. Whether you have been charged with drug possession or drug trafficking, you need an aggressive defense.
Whether immediately following suspected illegal activity or several years afterwards, an accused individual could be charged with a crime at anytime so long as it fits within the designated statute of limitations for the crime. Being arrested for a crime that occurred over a year ago could present defense challenges. Evidence supporting the defendant's story might be sparse or the details of an incident might not be clear to the accused or witnesses. No matter the situation, an accused individual should always seek to aggressively defend against the charges he or she is facing in order to reduce the potential impact on his or her personal and professional life.
When there is a suspicion of illegal activities, authorities will seek to have a search warrant issued to search a residence, vehicle or person. If authorized, officers can conduct a search which may uncover evidence that could cause an individual or group of people to face criminal charges. When authorities locate drugs in the possession of a suspect, those suspects could face serious drug charges. Depending on the legality of the search and seizure, those charges could stick and the defendant could face serious penalties.
When authorities in New York stop a driver, a series of questions will most likely ensue. This could lead to tests to establish impairment or even a frisk to determine alleged hidden dangers. These steps could possibly result in an arrest, especially if contraband is discovered on an individual's person or within his or her vehicle. A simple traffic stop could turn into a drug charge. A driver should therefore be aware of his or her rights during the stop and, if charged for drug possession, he or she should assess their defense options.
When defendants face criminal charges, they often consider how it will affect them currently and in the future. Allegations alone could lead to serious damages to their personal or professional reputation, so it is important that defendants understand their rights when it comes to defending the charges against them. This is an important step to take when an individual is facing a drug charge. Some drug crimes carry serious penalties, so reducing or dropping the charges against the defendant could help them significantly.