FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT DRUG TRAFFICKING
How is drug trafficking different from possession?
Drug possession is considered to have occurred if the person being charged knew that they had a controlled substance on their person. Trafficking, by contrast, means in addition to possession it must be proved that the person also intended to sell the substances.
What is a controlled substance?
Since New York has strict drug laws it restricts the possession and sale not just of drugs, but of the chemical components needed to make them. However, that works in the defense’s favor because the prosecution must prove that the defendant knew that the substances they were attempting to sell were controlled.
What sentences am I facing?
In New York, the sale of drugs, in any amount, is a felony. There are five separate degrees of charges; all of them carry jail time. For a fifth-degree, first time offense, you would face one to two and a half years in prison. The maximum sentence for a major offender is 15 years to life. There are also significant fines.
What options do I have for defense?
There are a number of options that can be used for a trafficking defense. I will ensure that your rights are protected by answering the questions that will be raised regarding your intent, your knowledge of the substance and several other factors needed to prove a trafficking charge.
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