What To Do If You've Been Arrested On Long Island For Drug Possession Or Sale
There are a large number of different types of drug charges someone can face. Depending on several factors including the type of drug, the amount, and whether there was any selling of the drug, the charge can either be a misdemeanor or a felony.
Sentencing on felony drug charges is different from other types of crimes. From 1973 to 2004, New York had the toughest drug laws in the entire country. under what was known as the “Rockefeller Drug Laws”. In 2004, Governor Pataki slightly modified the sentencing schemes, and in 2009 Governor Paterson completely changed the sentencing laws, introducing the Judicial Diversion Program (JDP). If you are eligible for Judicial Diversion, you can receive a significantly reduced sentence with drug treatment.
There are still a lot of issues you need to discuss with your lawyer if you’ve been charged with a drug crime. A good attorney will look into whether the police violated any of your rights when recovering drugs in your case, and if not he will try to have them suppressed (not admissible at trial). At the same time, he will try to get the best possible disposition, including Judicial Diversion if possible.
Make sure you immediately contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss your options. Glenn Kurtzrock knows what to look for when someone has been charged with a drug crime, and how to determine if any evidence can be suppressed. He believes there is no such thing as a small case, and he will take your case seriously.
Call for a free initial consultation today so Glenn can start working on your case right away. We can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 631-539-1640, and our website is at KurtzrockLaw.com. Our reasonable rates and payment plans ensure that everyone can get quality and aggressive legal representation.
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