A man faces numerous charges after the New York State Police's Community Narcotics Enforcement Team executed a search warrant at the man's home. He has received numerous weapon and drug charges.
According to the authorities, the narcotics team discovered marijuana and numerous guns and assault-style weapons during the search warrant. The 54-year-old man faces charges for fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana and one third-degree and one fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. The man had been previously convicted on felony charges and was prohibited from possessing firearms. He was arraigned and is in prison in lieu of bail/bond.
Because this is the man's second offense, he will face severe punishment if he is convicted on the charges. However, a New York criminal defense attorney may be able to help have the charges reduced. In this case in particular, the attorney may say the officers acted outside the man's rights by searching his home without probable cause to do so. If this is the case, the evidence may be challenged in court and the charges may be dropped altogether. Otherwise, the charges may be reduced, thereby reducing the punishment.
In other cases, the attorney may be able to have the charges or the punishments reduced by negotiating with the prosecution. While the court tends to be harsh on repeat offenders, the individual may really need help that cannot be provided by a jail sentence. The accused individual may benefit from entering a rehabilitation facility or a drug awareness program in lieu of prison. The individual may also be able to go on probation or perform community service in order to have the punishment reduced.
Source: News Channel 2 WKTV Utica, "Verona man faces drug and weapon charges", July 08, 2013