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Misdemeanor Drug Charges Defense

Misdemeanor Drug Charges Defense

Facing Misdemeanor Drug Possession Charges in New York State?

New York takes an aggressive stance on drug possession, the least serious being a misdemeanor drug charges. But, do not let a misdemeanor charge fool you into thinking it is not a serious matter.

You may not serve as much time in jail, but a misdemeanor drug conviction can be as destructive as a felony drug conviction. Every aspect of your life will likely be impacted, including work, family life, family court proceedings, college loans, grants, scholarships, federal housing or food assistance, access to government training programs, or housing for seniors – even if the conviction was years ago. Keep in mind, a drug conviction is not always required for your life to be impacted.

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree

NY Penal Law 220.03  
A person is guilty of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree when he knowingly and unlawfully possesses a controlled substance. Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree is a Class A Misdemeanor.

Do Not Delay – Secure a Criminal Defense Attorney

Conviction of a Class A Misdemeanor for criminal possession of a controlled substance could result in up to 1 year in jail. The criminal defense attorneys at Hacker Murphy are ready and able to defend your misdemeanor drug cases.

It should be noted that if the possession charge is accompanied by another misdemeanor or felony charge, or preceded by previous charges or convictions, time in jail or prison can increase significantly. Our attorneys will work hard to present a strong defense to minimize time in jail, fines and or penalties.

Factors Influencing Misdemeanor Drug Convictions in NY

There are many tactics used by law enforcement to justify a drug possession charge, the process from the moment an arrest or “DAT” (Desk Appearance Ticket) is issued will be critical to the outcome of your case.

While law enforcement sends the substance recovered from you to the lab to determine what it is, and whether the amount you had on your person is enough to charge you with a felony drug charge, you should be working actively with your criminal defense attorney before the first appearance.

Fighting Against a Criminal Record

Our attorneys are dedicated in using every opportunity available to prevent a criminal record for our clients. Every case is different, and the outcome of one case does not imply success for others. However, with the legal team of Hacker Murphy on your side, you know you are in good hands.

We have been in the criminal defense business, and we have seen just about everything. Our lawyers are passionate about winning and genuinely care about the people they represent.

You May Only Get One Chance

Once the wheels are in motion, legal matters can become very stressful and overwhelming. Do not risk your future on a lawyer that may not have the breadth of knowledge or depth of experience to provide you with the best possible outcome. Changing attorneys may be difficult and costly, so make sure you hire the right attorney from the start.

Hire the Best Attorney You Can Afford

We are proud to be one of the most respected law firms in NY, and equally as proud to be accessible to the wide range of clients we have represented over the years. Our outstanding credentials and affordable legal fees make for a great legal experience. Let us put our 110+ years of experience to work for you.

Free Drug Case Analysis

We represent clients in courts throughout Upstate New York. View the areas we serve.

Contact us now to request a free case analysis by phone at (518) 284-3183, or consider scheduling a consultation with an attorney at one of our convenient offices in Albany, Schenectady, Troy and Saratoga Springs.

Please Call Us for emergency legal situations. Our criminal defense attorneys are available to clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, even on holidays. We will return your call promptly and are here to help you through this difficult situation.

Have Questions?

  • If I hire an attorney but do not want to go to trial, can I settle?
    In the course of preparing a case for trial, your personal injury attorney will work with the defense attorneys and insurance companies in an effort to secure a fair settlement for you and your family. The final decision to accept an offer of settlement or go to trial is yours alone to make.
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  • If arrested, what steps can I take on my behalf?

    1. Do not discuss your situation with anyone except your attorney.

    2. Unless your attorney says otherwise, do not discuss your case with law enforcement.

    3. Request to have your attorney present if you are to be put in a lineup or subjected to testing.

    4. Remain calm and courteous. Allow your attorney to speak for you to ensure that your rights are protected and you are given all the benefits afforded to you under the law.
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  • What is the difference between criminal procedure and civil procedure?
    When a crime has been committed, action is taken by a government agency against the person, persons, organization or other entity that violated the law. The first purpose of a criminal prosecution is punishment, which frequently consists of a fine or jail time. In a civil matter, the dispute is between two or more individuals or entities. The first purpose of a civil prosecution is obtaining compensation for the wronged person or entity. Settlement in a civil matter is generally an award of a money judgment. A criminal sentence is not imposed in a civil matter.
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