NYC Drug Crimes Defense Lawyers
Being arrested and charged for drug possession can throw you into a state of anger and frustration. If you know you have done nothing wrong, the entire situation can seem absurd and ridiculous. You may be tempted to dismiss the entire thing with scorn and contempt. If you just happened to be hanging out with friends when the police came busting through the door, you may have an urgent desire to stand on righteous indignation.
This is exactly the wrong way to approach the matter. If you have been arrested for drug possession, you are in serious trouble—even if you did nothing wrong.
It is not uncommon for police to launch undercover anti-narcotics operations that result in large numbers of people being swept up in mass arrests. Many of the people that are arrested in such raids are guilty only of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. You may have been one of the unlucky few who find themselves in this situation.
Armed with this knowledge, the first thing you should do is call an attorney who specializes in drug crime cases. The law offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates can help you get out of the terrible situation you’re in.
When you are arrested, put in a jail cell, and subsequently interrogated, it will feel as though you have done something wrong. That is what the law enforcement and prosecutors want you to feel. They are driven to arrest and convict; that is what gets them promotions and advances their careers. They will do everything they can to make the charges stick.
If you have done nothing wrong, then you should not feel like a criminal, and you certainly should not go down for something that you did not do. Under the American system of law, the authorities must prove their case against you. They must present clear evidence that links you to the crime. One of the main jobs of your defense attorney is to compel them to produce such facts. If they are unable to, then your lawyer will see to it that you are released and the charges dropped.
The last thing you should do is talk to police without an attorney present. The police may say that things will go easier on you if you cooperate with them. But that is a mere tactic to get you to incriminate yourself. Even a seemingly harmless statement can put you in real legal jeopardy. If the authorities are able to prove their charges against you, you could incur serious penalties. Cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, club drugs, OxyContin, marijuana, and illegally obtained prescription drugs are all categorized as controlled substances under state law. And if you are convicted of possession, the penalty can range from a small fine and less than a month in jail to a life sentence and a $100,000 fine.
Even if you are convicted of a misdemeanor, you will have a criminal record, and that can affect your ability to get a job and rent an apartment. Do the right thing for yourself, your family, and your future. If you are in trouble, you must retain competent and effective legal counsel.
It may be the case that you are indeed guilty of the crime you have been accused of. If you know that the police have evidence linking you to drug possession, your best option is to cut a deal that reduces the severity of your punishment.