Drug crimes are considered extremely serious crimes, both at the State and Federal level. Law enforcement officials across the country, including New York State, are conducting a massive crack down on drug crime offenders. Even first time offenders may see potentially heavy fines or jail time.
Some of the drug charges which may be brought against an individual in New York include:
Penalties for drug crimes vary from case to case, and are based largely on the type of drug, its quantity, whether or not it was sold or merely possessed, and the person's criminal history and willingness to engage in drug treatment. Drug possession convictions can result in up to 25 years in prison. Additional penalties are included if the drug sale was at or near a school or park.
With many drug cases, we are able to move our clients into non-traditional programs that are used as an alternative to traditional prosecutorial methods, such as prison, jail, probation, and fines. These programs, which include Drug Court and Drug Treatment Alternative to Prison (DTAP), provide comprehensive and holistic treatment approaches designed to treat the individual's drug addiction, as opposed to punishing it. The Law Office of William J. Reddy is well versed with such programs and has been working with them since their inception. Mr. Reddy knows how to get his clients into these programs, but never forces them to enter. If you are charged with a drug offense and wish entry into one of these programs, please call Mr. Reddy immediately.
Recently, entry into Drug Court, DTAP, and other similar programs has been eased due to the legislature passing a "Diversion" statute. Diversion permits judges to divert persons into these programs over the objection of the District Attorney. Previously, the District Attorney could veto entry. Mr. Reddy is well versed in the Diversion statute and will use it to maximize your entry into the relevant program.
When challenging drug cases, the most important issue often is the search and seizure conducted by the police. Search and seizure law is vast and complicated. Mr. Reddy is known amongst his peers as being an expert in search and seizure law. Often, other attorneys seek out Mr. Reddy's advice in handling their own search and seizure matters. When the Law Office of William J. Reddy handles your drug case, you know that your ability to challenge the actions of the police will be maximized. If it can be shown that the police acted illegally, the drugs, or evidence thereof, cannot be used in court, and as such, the matter is dismissed.
If you live in Rockland County, New York City or Hudson Valley and are facing drug crimes charges, seek legal counsel from criminal defense attorney, William J. Reddy. William has been successfully practicing law for over 15 years. Before William entered criminal defense he was a Senior Assistant District Attorney and a narcotics prosecutor, so he has a complete understanding of both sides of drug crimes cases. How to challenge the prosecutor's case against you is of ultimate concern, and should be determined as early as possible after your arrest. When I get involved early in the case, there could be opportunities to exploit to have the charges reduced or the case dismissed.
My experience and pasts court victories allow my clients a specific edge over other criminal defense attorneys when it comes to evaluating drug crimes cases and determining the exact legal actions to pursue for the most optimum results.
Contact a Rockland drug crime attorney at The Law Office of William J. Reddy right away in order to schedule your confidential consultation.