Drug Trafficking Attorney NYC

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If you have been accused of drug trafficking or sales, you need a strong and experienced attorney in your corner. At Cohen Forman Barone, P.C., our New York City drug trafficking attorney has the skills and determination to fight for your rights and freedom. Our firm includes a former prosecutor who knows the inner workings of the criminal justice system. This gives us a distinct advantage in court. No drug case is too complex for us, and we know how to get results.

If you are facing charges for drug trafficking in NYC, you need an attorney who will fight for you and protect your rights. Our firm will review your case thoroughly and look for any possible defenses. We can fight to get your charges reduced or dropped, or we may even be able to fight for an outright acquittal.

To learn more about our firm and how we can help you, contact us online or call us at (212) 577-9314.

What Is Drug Trafficking in NY?

Drug trafficking in New York refers to the illegal transportation, sale, or possession of large quantities of controlled substances. It's distinct from simple drug possession because of the scale and intent involved.

Here's what constitutes drug trafficking in NY:

  • Quantity: While the exact amount varies depending on the specific drug, trafficking typically involves possessing or selling significantly larger quantities than someone would have for personal use.
  • Intent to Distribute: Prosecutors need to prove you intended to sell or distribute the drugs, not just possess them. This could be evidenced by packaging (divided into individual doses), scales, large amounts of cash, or communication with potential buyers.
  • Financial Gain: Drug trafficking often involves a profit motive, but this isn't always the sole factor.

Factors that can elevate a drug possession charge to trafficking include:

  • Type of Drug: Certain drugs like heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl carry harsher penalties at smaller quantities.
  • Prior Offenses: Previous drug convictions can increase the severity of the charge.
  • Location: Selling drugs near schools or playgrounds may incur harsher penalties.

Ready to Take on Any Drug Trafficking Case

Trafficking is a felony offense, punishable by up to 25 years to life in prison. If you have been accused of drug trafficking, you need an attorney who is prepared to fight for you.

Our firm is ready to help you if you have been charged with drug trafficking in NYC that involves:

  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription drugs
  • PCP
  • LSD
  • And more!

Drug Trafficking Penalties in New York

Drug trafficking charges are serious offenses in New York, and the penalties can vary greatly depending on several factors. New York classifies all drug trafficking convictions as felonies. These felonies range in severity from 5th degree to 1st degree.

Penalties increase with the severity of the offense (type and quantity of drugs involved) and can range from probation with fines (for less serious offenses) to life in prison (for major trafficking).

General Penalty Guidelines:

  • 1st Degree Trafficking: This carries the harshest penalties. Minimum sentence is 8-20 years in prison, with the possibility of life imprisonment for "major traffickers" (NY Penal Law Section 220.77)
  • 2nd Degree Trafficking (Repeat Offenders): For those with prior drug felonies, the minimum sentence jumps to 12-20 years in prison.
  • Lower Degrees (3rd-5th Degree): Sentences vary based on the specific charge, but generally range from 1-7 years in prison with additional fines.

Fines can be significant, ranging from a minimum of $5,000 or double the profit gained from the sale, to a maximum of $100,000. Additionally, almost all sentences involve a period of mandatory post-release supervision after prison time. Drug trafficking convictions can have long-lasting consequences beyond incarceration. These could include difficulty obtaining employment, housing, or professional licenses.

Drug Dealer vs. Drug Trafficker

The key difference lies in the scale of the operation:

  • Drug Dealer: Sells smaller quantities directly to users.
  • Drug Trafficker: Operates a larger-scale drug distribution network, often involving transportation and wholesale quantities.

Find out how we can help you fight the life-changing penalties you face. Contact us today at (212) 577-9314 to speak with our NYC drug trafficking lawyers!

Fighting Drug Trafficking Charges in New York

In addition to steep fines, you could be looking at a minimum of years in prison and the possibility of decades of incarceration. Your finances, freedom, and future are on the line. At Cohen Forman Barone, P.C., a former prosecutor can provide the knowledgeable, trial-tested defense you urgently need. Get time and a powerhouse defend on your side today!

To learn more about our firm and how we can help you, contact us online or call us at (212) 577-9314. Our NYC drug trafficking attorney is ready to help you.

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