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The right criminal defense approach might get charges dismissed

In New York, possession or distribution of an illegal substance is a crime and can result in years in prison and significant fines. If you have been arrested on drug charges for possession or sale of an illegal substance, you may be facing serious consequences that can affect the rest of your life. If you have a past criminal history, your punishment can be even more serious.

Police break up Staten Island prescription drug ring

Two residents of Staten Island were recently arrested by New York City police in connection with their roles in operating and directing a prescription drug trafficking ring that operated on Staten Island and in Brooklyn. The drug arrests included the two men alleged to be ringleaders and four others who were involved in the operation.

Former street hoops star, drug counselor, faces heroin charges

One New York resident was known for his prolific scoring ability as a street baller and his willingness to counsel black children on the evils of drugs and crime. Now, however, the hero of Brooklyn street basketball has been taken into custody and charged with masterminding a large heroin operation in the borough.

Arrest of alleged drug smugglers yields $4.1 million in cash

Police authorities in New York City announced the arrest of three men in an alleged drug smuggling operation and described the elaborate steps the men allegedly took to conceal the drugs. The police also seized $4.1 million in cash and 6 pounds of heroin. The three suspects were charged with several federal drug offenses.

Seek legal guidance to defend against complex drug charges

Being charged with drug possession is serious. Not only do such charges come with serious penalties, but also the charges can be quite complex. A New Yorker needs to exert actual physical ownership over the drugs to be charged with a drug crime. For example, if the authorities find drugs in one's home or vehicle, one could be facing constructive drug possession charges, even if the drugs were not their own.

Zealous advocacy for those in New York facing drug charges

Some people in New York have experimented with drugs in the past, or know someone who has. Occasional recreational drug use might seem like no big deal to some, especially as more states across the nation legalize certain drugs, such as marijuana. Unfortunately, the possession, manufacturing and distribution of certain drugs is illegal in New York and could result in drug charges.

What is considered private in a search and seizure context?

Police in New City who engage in a search and seizure of drugs, whether it is through a routine traffic stop or at a person's home, still must abide by the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. This amendment protects against unreasonable searches and seizures. However, it is important to understand when a "search" during a police investigation occurs and whether the property seized was private.

Requirements for drug possession charges in New York

People in New York can often make the mistake of using illegal drugs as a form of recreation. This can lead to a variety of serious drug charges for the accused. However, just because someone has been accused of drug use, does not mean the individual will face drug charges. Instead, police must gather specific evidence of drug possession and prosecutors must be able to use this evidence to prove all the elements of this crime.

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