Drug Crime Lawyer in NYC
Brief Overview of Cocaine
The controlled substance known as cocaine is scientifically known as benzoylmethylecgonine. This drug is best known for the way that it stimulates the central nervous system, resulting in side effects that range in type. Some of the most commonly noted results of taking cocaine include the following:
- Increased level of alertness
- Heightened feeling of euphoria
- High levels of energy
- Increased sexual feelings
It, however, cocaine is also recognized as one of the most addictive drugs available today. According to The Lancet, a peer-reviewed medical journal, it is to be considered out of the twenty most popular recreational drugs to be both the second most addictive and the second most harmful. It is considered to cause a psychological dependency; however, this dependency can still result in damage to the heart and the brain.
What are New York's laws for possession of cocaine?
Due to the highly addictive nature of cocaine and its prominent place in the black market, the statutes relating to cocaine are nothing to take lightly. According to state law, it is considered to be a Class misdemeanor to have been found in the knowing possession of any amount of cocaine. Should the amount be over 500 mg, this will be elevated to a Class felony. This will gradually increase in severity until it reached over four ounces which is classified as a Class A-I felony.
Being in possession of any amount of cocaine, should it be determined that the defendant had the intentions to sell, will be considered a Class D felony. So how does law enforcement determine whether you possessed it for sale or if you were simply going to use it for personal use? There are many different things that they will take into consideration; however, a main aspect will be the amount of drug on your person. If it's above the amount deemed appropriate for personal use, it could serve as a red flag. Similarly, if they find that you have additional items that could be used for distribution, this might serve as probable cause to determine your intentions.
Defense Against Cocaine Possession Charges
At Musa-Obregon & Associates, they have an unwavering dedication to the protection of their clients. Should you choose to work with a criminal lawyer from their legal team, you will be able to be confident knowing that you will have an advocate on your side that is willing to fight for you. They know what is on the line with cases relating to drug crimes and are prepared to go the distance for their clients. Should you choose to work with them, you will be able to trust that they will be there to help you every step of the way as they fight for you.