The Strict Penalties For Drug Crimes
Drug charges can range from simple misdemeanors to multi-jurisdictional federal felonies. Regardless of the charge, you need a competent and dedicated criminal defense attorney to help you obtain the most favorable outcome.
Drug crimes can carry harsh punishments, including lengthy prison sentences, and may also leave a permanent mark on your record. With your future on the line, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side to protect your rights.
At The Kindlon Law Firm, an Albany, New York, criminal defense law firm, we advocate zealously on behalf of individuals facing serious criminal drug charges. Our lawyers draw on more than 100 years of combined legal experience to provide effective representation for a wide variety of drug-related crimes, including:
- Cultivation and manufacturing of illegal drugs
- Possession of illegal drugs
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Drug trafficking and distribution
- Prescription fraud
Controlled substances, including illegal drugs, are classified into five schedules based on the drug's acceptable medical use, dependency potential and effects. While drug crimes can carry a wide range of consequences, the most severe typically stem from federal charges involving the most dangerous substances, with the potential of life in prison and millions of dollars in fines.
At The Kindlon Law Firm, we represent individuals facing charges involving marijuana, cocaine, crack, heroin and prescription drugs. Our dedicated attorneys will break down your charges and analyze each element, ensuring that your rights are protected and building a defense that highlights the weaknesses in the case against you.
Drug Cultivation or Manufacture
If you are facing charges relating to the cultivation of marijuana or the manufacture of illegal drugs, you should have a criminal defense attorney aggressively representing you because of the severity of the potential consequences. Law enforcement often circumvents the bounds of constitutional criminal procedure when engaging in the surveillance of alleged manufacture or grow operations. For this reason, there is a possibility you could have these charges dismissed altogether if your attorney can successfully argue for the suppression of drugs seized as a result of unlawful surveillance.
Drug Sales or Trafficking
Drug trafficking activity often crosses state or national lines and could result in the involvement of federal authorities in your drug crimes case. If you are facing both state and federal drug trafficking allegations, your attorney may begin by arguing that only one prosecution is necessary. Your lawyer will also represent your rights to a reasonable bond.
If you are caught engaging in drug sales, you could face serious felony penalties depending on the amount and type of drugs sold. There are also sentencing enhancements for drug sales within a certain distance of a playground, school or daycare. Regardless of the nature or extenuating circumstances of your drug sales charge, your lawyer will advocate for a reduction or dismissal of charges – particularly if this is your first offense or you are engaged in the sale of small quantities of drugs.
Call us Today for Help with Your Drug Crimes Case
Even if you are facing a misdemeanor, you are best-advised to work with an experienced drug crimes defense attorney throughout your case. Contact our drug crimes criminal defense law firm to protect your rights and criminal record.