Drug and narcotic crimes are among the most commonly prosecuted offenses in the United States today. Since the start of the "War on Drugs" in the 1970s, law enforcement has been under increased pressure from citizens and government officials to eradicate illegal drug use and related crimes. Unfortunately, this pressure is not without consequences. Overzealous law officers often take liberties with evidence gathering procedures, and fervent prosecutors are eager to deny the accused due process.
If you or a loved one has been accused of a drug or narcotic crime, it is important to ensure that your legal rights are protected. Please call Mr. Bellizia today for a FREE consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you maximize your legal rights and options. Very often, you may qualify for a first offenders treatment known as Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) for smaller drug offenses.
State and federal laws forbid the possession, production, and distribution of various illegal drugs, and also legal drugs intended to be used or distributed illegally. Other offenses, such as violent crimes triggered by drug use, possession, or distribution are also sometimes charged as drug crimes.
Drug Conviction Penalties
Penalties for a drug conviction vary widely depending on the circumstances, including:
- The type or amount of drug
- How the drug was packaged
- Presence of scales or other trafficking paraphernalia
- The presence of children
Previous drug convictions typically lead to harsher penalties. However, even a conviction for the possession of a small amount of marijuana can have a serious impact on your future, including the potential to ruin your prospects for employment or education. Convictions for more serious drug charges can put you in prison for years, tearing apart your family, and seriously limiting your future opportunities.
It takes an attorney with the confidence and experience of a former prosecutor to properly deal with authorities when it comes to defending you against criminal charges. If you have been accused or charged with such a crime, please do not hesitate to contact me immediately. Criminal matters are not problems that will go away when ignored. Early intervention in criminal matters, may achieve outstanding results, and will be instrumental to the outcome of your case.
When you call, you will get an immediate response from me. I am usually available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, holidays and weekends included. Please do not hesitate to contact me at (732) 455-5018 now to arrange a free consultation.