Central Islip Drug Defense Attorneys
No one wants to face drug crime charges in the New York court system. If you find yourself in this situation, the most important thing you can do is secure representation from a team of experienced lawyers. At Tinari, O'Connell & Osborn, our three principal Central Islip drug defense lawyers bring more than 30 years of criminal law experience that includes decades of combined experience as prosecuting attorneys. We understand how the prosecutors will handle these cases, and we are well-positioned to help you get the best outcome possible.
Crimes Involving Illegal Drugs
Any type of possession, distribution, manufacture or cultivation of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine or other illegal narcotic is a crime in New York. We defend clients in state and federal courts against misdemeanor and felony charges involving:
- Possession: Even simple possession of a small amount of marijuana can lead to fines and other consequences, and these penalties only increase with higher quantities and more serious drugs. Possession of a half-ounce of cocaine can result in nine years in prison, for example.
- Possession with intent: Large amounts of an illegal drug accompanied by distribution of paraphernalia like scales, baggies and large amounts of cash can result in possession with intent to distribute charges.
- Distribution/trafficking: Depending on the severity of the situation, distribution and trafficking charges can result in up to 20 years in prison for a first-offense drug sale.
- Manufacture/cultivation: Growing marijuana or mixing cocaine, methamphetamine or other drugs is a serious crime in New York.
The stakes are high in drug crime cases. We provide strategic, comprehensive criminal defense solutions to minimize the damage these charges can have on our clients’ lives.
Prescription Drug Crimes
While prescription drugs are not illegal per se, it is illegal to possess them without a valid prescription. Several crimes are associated with prescription drugs, including possession without a prescription, fraud, pharmacy shopping, stolen prescription pads, forged prescriptions and illegal sale.
Prescription drug crimes are not limited to “hardened criminals.” We represent clients from all walks of life in prescription drug crime cases. Often, people facing charges got caught up in this situation due to addictions resulting from legitimate use of prescription drugs. We understand that every situation is unique, and we are discreet and professional in defending our clients against these charges.