Facing drug charges of any kind in New York can be intimidating and overwhelming, especially if this is your first time interacting with the criminal justice system. Like most states, New York takes drug crimes seriously, and convictions can negatively affect your freedom and your future. While drug crimes tend to be technical and complex, there are certain offenses, such as the criminal sale of a controlled substance in or near school grounds, that carry particularly weighty penalties. If you are facing drug charges that allege you sold controlled substances near school property, here is a brief overview of what this means and what to expect next.
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance
In order to be charged with a drug offense, there needs to be reason to suspect that someone “knowingly and unlawfully” sold a controlled substance. New York penal code 220.34 and 220.39 list various controlled substances that can lead to criminal charges, including narcotic drugs, stimulants, hallucinogens, dangerous depressants, and more. Depending on the type and quantity of the substance in question, you could be charged with a class C or class B felony, both of which carry multiple-year prison sentences.
Selling Drugs Near School Grounds
If the alleged sale took place on or near school property, you could be charged with the criminal sale of a controlled substance in or near school grounds. In order for prosecutors to make a conviction, they will need to establish that you knowingly sold drugs on the grounds of a school, school bus, educational facility, or daycare center. This offense is considered a class B felony, which means that a conviction could result in a prison sentence, ranging from 5 to 25 years in duration. You may also be required to pay up to $30,000 in fines.
Seek Legal Representation Straight Away
Whether you are facing your first, second, or third drug-related arrest, you need reliable and effective legal representation to ensure that you fully understand the scope of the situation. As soon as possible, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss the specifics of your arrest and the nature of the charges you are facing. Together, you and your attorney will work to have the charges dropped or reduced. If this is not possible, trust that your attorney will strive to secure you the best possible outcome that will ultimately allow you to move forward into a brighter future.
The Law Office of Adrienne D. Edward, P.C. is committed to defending the rights of clients in Queens and throughout the greater New York area. Call (347) 997-3811 today to speak with a trusted criminal defense attorney.