The Devastating Consequences of a Drug Conviction in NYC

Drug possession offenses are some of the most commonly charged crimes here in New York City. This is hardly surprising – illegal drugs are commonplace throughout all areas of society in the city. Unfortunately, the consequences of simply being charged with a drug crime are significant – and those consequences grow significantly if you end…

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Can You Go to Jail for Giving a Prescription Drug to a Friend?

We’ve all been in this position: a friend is suffering from a terrible migraine or is in some other sort of pain.  You were prescribed pain killers from the last time you had surgery but you never used them. Thinking you are being generous, you say, “Here, you can have one of these.” After all, you…

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What are the most common holiday crimes?

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While criminal activity is not restricted to the holidays, certain crimes appear to become more frequent once December rolls around. The period between Thanksgiving and New Year has long been recognized as a time when reported crimes go up, supposedly due to increased opportunity and financial desperation. To help keep you safe this holiday season,…

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Probation in New York: How it works

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Probation is a disposition or sentence imposed by a New York criminal court, whereby you are released without serving any time in jail, although in some circumstances you could be sentenced to both imprisonment and probation. The term is sometimes confused with parole, which is when you serve part of your sentence in the community…

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Your rights in New York DUI cases


When a New York law enforcement officer stops you for suspected DUI, and you’ve never been in trouble before, it’s normal to be intimidated or worried. After all, New York has some of the toughest laws in the country when it comes to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is important to…

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Federal drug crimes v. state drug crimes

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Most drug arrests in New York State are carried out by local law enforcement, but under certain circumstances, a drug crime can become a federal matter. These circumstances include: The accused person had a large enough quantity of drugs in their possession to be charged with trafficking A federal officer makes the arrest The offense…

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Heroin possession

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On March 10, 2016, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and New York City Police Commissioner confirmed the indictment of 20 defendants for their individual roles in two drug trafficking organizations responsible for distributing heroin and PCP in Manhattan and the Bronx. Detectives executing the search warrants seized, among other things, 14 kilograms of heroin, 14…

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