Orange County, NY Defense Attorney for Club Drug Offenses
When the state of New York refers to club drugs, it’s referring to the types of drugs most commonly found in late nightclubs and hotspots throughout the state. These drugs have dangerous side effects, and their creation is completely unregulated, meaning you have no idea what is really in the chemical mixture. This can to some serious consequences, including accidental overdoses and in some cases death.
Because of the instability surrounding these drugs, New York heavily forbids their use and sale. If you’re in Orange County, NY, and need to speak with a defense attorney about a club drug offense, then be sure to contact the Law Office of Benjamin Greenwald. Mr. Greenwald’s clear understanding of club drug laws in New York will help you build a strong defense and provide you with the best possible outcome for your case.
What Are Club Drugs?
Club drugs get their name because they are most commonly found in late night spots, but having them anywhere else is still illegal. New York has some of the harshest drug penalties throughout the United States, so it’s important to know which drugs are included in this classification.
- MDMA (better known as ecstasy)
- Rohypnol (Rophies)
- Ketamine (Special K)
- Mephedrone (better known as bath salts)
- Methamphetamine (speed)
If caught in possession of these drugs or selling them, you could face serious consequences. It is imperative that you speak with a criminal defense attorney if you are charged, so don’t wait to call the Law Office of Benjamin Greenwald.
Possession of Club Drugs
All club drugs are classified as controlled substances under New York law, which means that is illegal to be possession of them. Many different drugs fall under the umbrella of controlled substances – heroin, cocaine, OxyContin, Ritalin and many others. Some drugs, such as OxyContin, are technically legal, so long as you have a valid prescription. If a person is caught with OxyContin without a valid prescription, then he or she may be facing some serious jail time.
Under the law, being in possession of a drug can mean several things. If the drug is found in your pocket or otherwise on your person, you will be charged with possession. If drugs are found in a room or area under your control (your apartment or car), then you may also be charged.
What some don’t know if that you can be charged with possession even if you’re only in the space. For example, if four people in a car are stopped and searched by the police who find ecstasy in the trunk, then all four people will be charged with possession.
The drugs previously mentioned above have different penalties, and if you are caught with a large amount of a certain drug, then you will face more jail time and bigger fines. To discuss your options, contact the Law Office of Benjamin Greenwald immediately.
Selling a Club Drug
If you are caught selling just one pill or tablet, you could find yourself facing a felony charge. In New York, the more of a drug the person is caught selling, the harsher the sentence will be.
It is important to know that location can make a big difference in club drug sale charges. All charges are automatically heightened in a person is caught selling a drug on school property. For instance, if a person sells methadone, then he or she will be facing a criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree charge. If that sale happens to end up at a school, then the charge will automatically be increased from a fourth degree charge to a criminal sale of a controlled substance in or near school grounds, which is now Class B felony.
Contact the Law Office of Benjamin Greenwald
Being charged with the possession or sale of a club drug is a very serious offense in Orange County, NY, and fighting it can be a grueling process. If convicted, you may be serving several years in jail, and you may have trouble finding employment with a criminal conviction in your background.
What many people charged with drug crimes don’t know is that there are more sentencing options than they realize. Instead of jail time, there’s a chance you may be given the chance to fight your addiction at an inpatient or outpatient clinic or participate in the Shock Incarceration program. Some are even given the opportunity to go to the Willard Drug Treatment Campus, better known as “boot camp.”
With a skilled attorney by your side, these options are possible. For over a decade, Mr. Greenwald has been arguing in criminal defense court, and his years in the courtroom have given him extensive knowledge of the treatment of drug crimes in the criminal justice system. With his help, hundreds of clients have seen positive outcomes due to his care and diligence.
Call a trial lawyer who will truly fight for you. Contact our office at 845-567-4820 to schedule a confidential consultation. Se habla español. All major credit cards accepted.