All across the country, the police arrest people for allegedly using, possessing, selling and manufacturing drugs. Each of these crimes is different and involves different penalties. Drug arrests may lead to drug charges and convictions. If you have been arrested or charged with a drug-related crime, you should be prepared for what lies ahead.
Even a routine traffic stop can lead to serious misdemeanor and felony drug charges. Many drug arrests occur when an officer pulls a vehicle over for a standard traffic violation and ends up finding drugs in the vehicle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.