Suffolk County Drug Crimes Defense Lawyers

A Warning to Those Charged with Drug Related Crimes...

If you've been charged with a drug crime in Suffolk County Long Island you're going to need good, aggressive legal representation from experienced Suffolk County criminal defense lawyers.

If you've been charged with possession of marijuana, possession of meth, possession of coke or trafficking, whatever it is, we can help you.  

This is a very politically motivated charge these days. The New York State legislature in Albany, as well as the Nassau and Suffolk County District Attorneys offices, are after anybody who has a drug in their system, or in their possession. So, if you've been charged with a drug crime, make sure you contact a Suffolk County drug defense lawyers at Naiburg, Obedin and Weissman as soon as possible by calling fro a FREE consultation at (631) 979-7777.

Defending Drug Related Crimes - Possession, Trafficking, and Dealing Charges

Drug crimes involve illegal substances or those obtained without a valid prescription from a doctor. There are many types of drugs involved in drug crimes, but some of the most common include marijuana, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamines, Oxycontin, hydrocodone and Xanax.

If you are charged with a drug crime, you could be facing a variety of charges that can range from a minor possession to a drug trafficking offense that involves federal agencies such as the DEA, or Drug Enforcement Administration. If you are charged with a drug crime, it is important to hire experienced criminal defense attorneys who can explain the charges against you and show you the best way to proceed.

Possible drug charges include:

  • possession of illegal drugs,
  • unlawful possession of a prescription drugs
  • sale, distribution, and transportation of illegal drugs,
  • drug manufacturing,
  • drug importing,
  • drug exporting
  • drug smuggling,
  • drug trafficking,
  • growing marijuana,
  • prescription fraud,
  • Possession with the intent to sell or distribute,
  • sale of drugs to a minor

There are also drug related crimes that are applied when an individual commits a crime while taking illegal drugs. For example, a child endangerment charge can be applied if minors are present when you are caught taking drugs.

Sexual assault is another common charge if drugs are involved which limit a person's ability to say "yes" or "no" to any sexual act. This can even include common antidepressants or other over the counter medications.

Each drug charge carries a different level of punishment. Penalties may range from a small fine to many years in prison.

The Five Categories (Schedules) of Drugs

Defending drug crimes can be a complicated and confusing process, but understanding the five categories, or schedules, of drugs can help clarify these charges. Drugs are classified into these categories based on their dependency and abuse potential.

Class One
class one drugs have no accepted medical use and therefore the highest potential for abuse. These types of drugs carry the most severe penalties. This include heroin, ecstasy, LSD and GHB, among others. Marijuana is also considered a class one drug in most states, but there are many activists who are trying to change this law.

Class Two
Class two drugs include cocaine, morphine, opium, amphetamines and others. Although some of these can be used to treat medical conditions and may be available with a prescription, they also have a high potential for addiction. Not all pharmacies carry these items and they have very strict requirements for storage and distribution. Anyone charged with a class one or class two drug crime should hire an attorney experienced in defending drug crimes.

Class Three
Class three drugs have an accepted medical use and less potential for abuse. This includes steroids, codeine and some types of hydrocodone. These types of drugs also require a prescription.

Class Four
Class four drugs also have an accepted medical use and an even lower potential for abuse or addiction. These types of drugs may include valium, xanax and rohypnol, more commonly known as the date rape drug.

Class Five
Class five drugs of the least severe type of drugs. They are accepted to treat medical conditions and a very low risk of addiction. Class five drugs may include cough suppressants or similar items. These types of drugs are usually regulated but they do not require a prescription by a doctor.
 
Quantity of Drugs is a Factor

The quantity of drugs in a person's possession is a factor that will determine the charges and punishment level for the person charged.