Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance

Criminal possession of a controlled substance is a serious criminal drug charge that can result in major punishments depending on the specifics of the charges and the severity of the crime. Any kind of illegal drug or unlawfully obtained prescription drug can result in these charges. David Galison has defended many of these cases in New York courts and has the necessary experience to help you.

Often, the word ‘possession’ is at the heart of the issue for these charges. If an officer deems you to be in possession of the drugs, you can be charged, whether they were actually yours or not. For instance, if the drugs are in your vehicle without you knowing it, you could still be charged with possession even though they never belonged to you. It is important to understand that you have rights when fighting these charges and you need to stand up for yourself at each step of the way.

There are actually six total degrees of charges for criminal possession in the state of New York. The least serious is a Class A misdemeanor, which can be brought for possession of any amount of controlled substance. This is punishable by up to a year in prison and a small fine, although jail time is not common. The most serious charge is a Class A Felony, and will bring serious jail time and life-long effects for a conviction.

Call our office today at 516-242-4477 for a free consultation into the details of your case. David Galison would love to work with you on crafting a logical defense to present in front of the court. We hope to hear from you soon.