Queens Drug Crimes Lawyer
Defending Yourself Against Drug Related Offenses
Law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges take drug crimes very seriously. The laws pertaining to illegal drugs are exceedingly strict and the enforcement of those laws is equally stringent. In order to protect yourself from the overzealous approach to drug crimes, it is absolutely necessary to seek out legal representation when charged with a drug related offense. The consequences in a conviction can be extensive, including years spent in state or federal prison. A criminal defense attorney can work to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive fair and unbiased treatment throughout the entire criminal process.
Common Drug Crimes
It is important to understand that the severity of the penalties you may receive rests not only on the type of crime you are accused of committing, but also on the type and quantity of the drug connected to your offense. For example, if you are caught with less than 2 grams of marijuana, you will probably receive a civil violation and a $100 fine for your first offense. On the other hand, the same amount of cocaine or heroin will possibly land you in prison under a possession with intent to distribute charge if you are convicted. Some common drug crimes include:
- Possession of a dangerous drug: Possession or use of a dangerous drug is a class 4 felony, according to Arizona Statute 31-3407.
- Possession with intent to distribute or sell: Possessing a dangerous drug with the intent to sell it is a class 2 felony in the state of Arizona. A conviction can result in five years minimum imprisonment.
- Drug manufacturing: Manufacturing a dangerous drug in Arizona is a class 2 felony. If convicted, the punishment is a maximum 15 years imprisonment. If the offender had a prior drug conviction, the imprisonment maximum can increase to 20 years.
- Drug trafficking: Transportation of a dangerous drug, otherwise known as "trafficking" is a class 2 felony offense. It is illegal to transport drugs for the purpose of sale or import them into the state of Arizona. This is a federal offense.
A conviction will mean a permanent mark on your criminal record in addition to lengthy prison sentences, fines and other penalties. The penalties for drug crimes will differ depending on the type of drug (classified as narcotic, dangerous drug or marijuana), the nature of the crime, aggravating factors or prior convictions. Your best chance at combating your charges comes by contacting a skilled Queens drug crimes attorney. Musa-Obregon can fight to see that you aren't wrongfully convicted.
Enlist Powerful Defense
No matter what drug crime you stand accused of committing, at Musa-Obregon & Associates, we know what it takes to defend you against the harsh consequences of a drug crimes conviction. With over 50 years of combined experience, you can trust that our attorneys can effectively handle your case and greatly increase your chances of a favorable outcome. We will work closely with you to have your charges reduced or dismissed depending on the nature of the crime. Call our firm today to safeguard your future and to take real action to protect your freedom.