Residents of New City may have heard of various types of drug offenses, and in particular, 'drug trafficking.' However, it is important to understand what this crime entails, as it is much more serious than mere drug possession.
Being pulled over by the police can be a frightening experience, particularly if you feel you have done nothing wrong. However, as a recent story shows, attempting to flee in such situations can land you in even more trouble.
Drug possession charges are not always straightforward, and in fact can often be quite complex. For example, there are situations in which a New City resident could be wrongfully charged with drug possession even if he or she was not the possessor of the drugs found.
As this blog discussed last week, the state of New York has established a drug court program that may help individuals accused of drug crimes receive lesser sentences or have the charges against them dismissed if they meet the program's requirements. For many in New York, drug courts may be a preferable alternative to harsh jail sentences.
Residents of New City who find themselves facing drug charges may not know that there may be an alternative to traditional courts in such situations -- drug courts. In a drug court, an individual may receive a reduced sentence in exchange for voluntarily going through a court-supervised drug treatment program. New York State is a leader in the drug court movement, with 141 drug courts currently operating in the state as of January 2016.
As discussed last week, New York's drug courts may be an option for some of those accused of drug crimes. Yet, whether a case is going through one of the state's drug courts or through a traditional court, one thing is for certain: the accused deserves the highest level of defense possible in facing the allegations, to protect their rights and freedoms.
When it comes to drug charges and addiction, the cycle of abuse may best be broken not by punitive measures, but by rehabilitative measures. In general, the way drug courts work is that in exchange for a reduction in the individual's sentence, individuals accused of drug crimes can voluntarily undergo treatment approved by the court. The individual, his or her attorney, the court and the district attorney create a contract.
After a criminal investigation, such as an investigation into alleged drug crimes, police in New City may be quick to attempt a search and seizure. However, the police must follow certain procedures before they can search homes or other premises or seize evidence. If the police overstep their authority, they may violate the defendant's constitutional right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.
While the use of marijuana in New York is not uncommon, it is in most circumstances illegal and will be prosecuted. Last week's blog post discussed the criminal possession of marijuana and its penalties. However, possession is not the only drug offense involving marijuana in New York. The sale of marijuana is also illegal in the state, the penalties of which can range from class B misdemeanors to class C felonies.
New York's drug laws are particularly complex, especially when one is not familiar with them. Take, for example, crimes involving marijuana. The penalties for possessing marijuana vary based on the specific circumstances of the charges. Let's take a look at the statutes regarding possession of marijuana in the state of New York, and examine the penalties included therein.