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What are the penalties for selling drugs in New York?

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.

Drug distribution and manufacturing is generally a more serious than using and possessing. The state of New York in particular has some of the toughest drug distribution laws in the country. The severity of your penalties will depend on the type of drug you were selling and your past criminal record. Generally, in New York, any sale of a controlled substance is classified as a felony. Fifth-degree sale of a controlled substance is the mildest offense, but first-time offenders can still receive one to 2.5 years in prison. First-degree sales can result in eight to 20 years in prison and five years of supervision for minor drug traffickers. However, major drug traffickers can face 15 years to life in prison. Fines for drug traffickers can range from $5,000 to $100,000.

In order to prove drug distribution, the prosecution must prove that you had specific intent and the ability to transfer the illegal substance. Your criminal defense team will work to prove that you did not have the requisite intent to sell the substance or that you did not have any way of selling it.

Drug distribution is a serious crime and can have a major effect on the rest of your life. A solid defense strategy from your defense attorney will give you the best chance at avoiding these consequences.

Source: FindLaw, "New York Drug Distribution, Trafficking, and Manufacturing," accessed on Oct. 3, 2017

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