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Nassau County Drug Possession Attorneys

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Being charged with drug possession can be a terrifying experience, especially if you are unsure of what penalties you may face. In New York, drug possession charges can be either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the type and amount of drugs found in your possession.

If you are found guilty, you could face hefty fines, probation, and even jail time. A drug conviction can also make it difficult to find a job or housing, as well as limit your ability to receive financial aid for college.

At Lerner & Lerner, P.C., our drug possession defense attorneys are dedicated to providing our clients with the aggressive representation they need. We have over 70 years of combined experience, and have successfully handled thousands of cases.

If you are facing drug possession charges, call our firm today at (516) 586-0383 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our Nassau County drug possession lawyers.

What Does It Mean to Be Charged with Drug Possession?

In the state of New York, drug possession is defined as knowingly and unlawfully possessing a controlled substance. Under New York law, there are two types of drug possession: actual possession and constructive possession.

  • Actual possession refers to a situation in which the drugs are found on your person.
  • Constructive possession refers to a situation in which the drugs are found somewhere you have control over, such as your car or house.

It is important to note that you can still be charged with drug possession even if you do not own the drugs. For example, if the drugs were found in your car, you may be charged with drug possession, even if the drugs belonged to a friend.

If you have been arrested for drug possession, it is crucial to remember that you have rights. It is in your best interest to exercise your right to remain silent and contact an experienced drug possession defense lawyer as soon as possible.

What Are the Penalties for Drug Possession in New York?

In New York, drug possession charges can be either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the type and amount of drugs found in your possession. The penalties for drug possession can be severe, and a conviction can have a lasting impact on your life.

The penalties for drug possession in New York include:

  • 7th degree criminal possession of a controlled substance: A Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
  • 5th degree criminal possession of a controlled substance: A Class D felony punishable by up to 7 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
  • 4th degree criminal possession of a controlled substance: A Class C felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $15,000.
  • 3rd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance: A Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $30,000.
  • 2nd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance: A Class A-II felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $50,000.
  • 1st degree criminal possession of a controlled substance: A Class A-I felony punishable by up to life in prison and/or a fine of up to $100,000.

In addition to the criminal penalties, a conviction for drug possession can also result in the loss of your driver's license for up to 1 year if you are found guilty of possessing a controlled substance in a motor vehicle. If you are found guilty of possessing a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, you will also face additional criminal charges and penalties.

How Can a Drug Possession Defense Lawyer Help?

A drug possession charge should never be taken lightly. If you have been charged with drug possession, it is crucial to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A skilled drug possession defense lawyer can help you understand your rights, explore your legal options, and build a strong defense strategy on your behalf.

At Lerner & Lerner, P.C., we are committed to providing our clients with the aggressive representation they need. Our drug possession defense attorneys can help you understand the charges you are facing, and will fight to protect your rights and future.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our drug possession defense lawyers in New York.

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