If you have been charged with possessing drugs with the intent of selling them, expect the courts to take these charges very seriously. Since selling controlled substances is a very serious criminal offense in New York, you could be facing a combination of penalties if convicted, which often include heavy fines and long jail or prison sentences. Depending upon the circumstances surrounding your arrest, your lawyer may be able to strike a deal with prosecutors to have your charges reduced, or in some cases even dropped. However, since these cases can be very complex, it is important to work with a defense lawyer who specializes in drug cases, such as those at Raiser and Kenniff.
Evidence is Crucial in These Cases In most drug selling cases, evidence plays a key role in determining how your case will play out in court. In many situations, there may be multiple defendants involved in a case, which can sometimes play to your advantage.
In some instances, even if you were found to be in possession of drugs, that does not necessarily mean you had the intention of selling them. Because this can be a determining factor in whether you are facing felony or misdemeanor charges, always hire the services of an experienced defense lawyer who regularly handles drug selling cases. Penalties for Drug Selling Convictions If you are convicted of selling drugs, you will not only face fines, jail or prison sentences, and possibly community service or court-ordered drug counseling, but also many other penalties that may impact your life for many years to come. For example, if you are a parent, you will likely lose custody of your children, or possibly have visitation rights limited or eliminated. Along with this, your driver’s license may be suspended, which can make it difficult to secure stable employment. And since you will now have a criminal record, it may become harder to not only find a job, but also gain suitable housing for you and your family.
All of this, coupled with the embarrassment that comes with having a criminal record and having to possibly meet with a probation officer on a regular basis, can quickly wreak havoc with your personal and professional lives. Consequences of Selling Various Drugs While drug selling charges are considered extremely serious, the consequences associated with these charges can vary somewhat depending upon the types of drugs you were charged with selling. As an example, if you are found to be in possession of heroin with the intent of selling it to others, it is categorized as a Class A-2 offense. Because of this, being in possession of only four ounces of this substance can result in a sentence of life imprisonment. However, if you are selling marijuana, the penalties are generally less severe.
In these cases, most offenders are sentenced to no more than 15 years in prison. Also, since marijuana is considered to be recreational and used by some for medicinal purposes, drug selling charges involving this substance can often be reduced if you are working with an experienced defense attorney. However, if you are charged with selling cocaine, expect to face Class A-1 felony charges. Falling somewhere in between heroin and marijuana in terms of the severeness of penalties, convictions of selling cocaine usually carry prison sentences of 15 years and $15,000 in fines. Also, a conviction for selling cocaine cannot be erased from your criminal record at a later date, so it will be with you forever.
Juvenile Offenders In many cases, those who are considered juvenile offenders are charged with possession of and selling of drugs. In these cases, a defense lawyer from Raiser and Kenniff will work hard to create a defense that will reduce or diminish the charges against the juvenile offender, since in many cases the defendant will have no prior criminal record. However, since many of these drug transactions take place in school zones, courts often try to make an example of these defendants in an effort to deter others from committing the same crime. Because of this, it is crucial to rely on attorneys from the law firm of Raiser and Kenniff to have a solid defense to these charges.