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Drug Crime Conviction Can Mean Years Behind Bars. Contact Our Firm Today if You Face Heroin-Related Charges.

Long Island Heroin Attorney

An Aggressive and Experienced Drug Criminal Defense Attorney

Heroin is a form of morphine that comes from the opium poppy, but in this form it is typically used by abusers for its euphoric effects. Heroin has a long and colorful history within the drug business, especially when it comes to the distribution and/or possession of it. While its effects are well documented in media and within medical prevention circles it is still considered a Schedule I drug by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). This means that heroin as defined by the United States government has no medical use and carries a risk of abuse among users.

Felony Heroin Charges and Penalties

The State of New York has laws in place for the sale, possession, and trafficking of heroin; each one coming with extremely stiff penalties. In addition, in New York you can be criminally prosecuted for the injection of a narcotic drug in accordance with Penal Law Section 220.46. Furthermore, in New York any possession of heroin is considered a Class A Misdemeanor (Up to a Year and/or up to a $1k fine), with guidelines in place that can very easily become a felony charge.

A felony possession and its penalties are as follows:

  • A Class D Felony is anything Over 500 mg. – Up to 7 Years and/or up to $5K in Fines
  • A Class C Felony is anything Over 1/8 oz. – Up to 15 Years and/or up to $15K in Fines
  • A Class B Felony is anything Over 1/2 oz. – Up to 25 Years and/or up to $30K in Fines
  • A Class A-II Felony is anything Over 4 oz. – 8 to 3 Years and/or up to $50K in Fines
  • A Class A-I Felony is anything Over 8 oz. – 25 to 15 Years and/or up to $100K in Fines

While the possession of Heroin can carry stiff penalties as seen above, they don’t compare to any conviction of selling a controlled substance such as Heroin. Intent to sell any amount of a controlled substance is automatically a Class D Felony and intent to sell any amount of a narcotic drug is automatically a Class B Felony.

Felony Sale Convictions for Heroin are as follows:

  • A Class A-II Felony is anything Over 1/2 oz.
  • A Class A-I Felony is anything Over 2 oz.
  • A Class B Felony is Selling to Someone Under 21 or on School Grounds

Lastly, New York has a specific criteria that charges individuals as “Major Traffickers”, the penalty of which is a Class A-I Felony. An individual must have profited, sold, or possessed with intent to sell $75k or more of a controlled substance within the last 6 months. Furthermore, one can be charged as a “Major Trafficker” when they have directed the sale, or have had intent to sell, $75k or more of a controlled substance.

Contact Our Glen Cove Attorney for the Representation You Deserve

Drug charges are not always clear as they can change and many times individuals can be given a much harsher conviction that what is fair. Our criminal defense attorney at O’Brien Law Group, LLC stands ready to assist you in the difficult situation you might find yourself in. We have the aggression and experience to get you the best possible results in your criminal defense case.

Call us today at (631) 250-3622 and speak to  our attorney about your case.

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