This post is written to conclude and recap my series on the handling of drug related charges in Long Island, New York. I felt it was necessary to write on this issue due to the fact that, for reasons which are obvious, many individuals are not sure of what they should do after they or a loved one have been arrested. While it is understandable that you may be unsure as to what steps to take next, the fact of the matter is that you must act immediately in order to ensure that your interests remain protected. The goal of my recent articles has been to provide information which will help people to more fully understand their situation. It has also been my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of a criminal defense attorney. If you require assistance then call my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I have addressed a number of topics over my recent posts. The issues which I have analyzed include:
- Search & seizure issues in drug cases
- Long Island drug arrests which involve confidential informants
- The handling of prescription drug charges
- The handling of cases involving methamphetamine or heroin
There are several reasons why I chose to address these issues. First, controlled substances are sometimes discovered as a result of the police’s violation of a defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights. If officers violate an individual’s rights against and unreasonable search and seizure, and drugs are found as a result, then it may be possible to gain a dismissal of the charges. Second, the police often obtain arrest or search warrants on the basis of information provided by an informant. If, however, the informant has a history of being unreliable then it may be possible to challenge the issuance of the warrant after the arrest has been made. Third, some make the mistake of thinking that prescription-related charges do not need to be taken seriously. Such defendants are then surprised when they see the serious nature with which prosecutors take such matters. Finally, the possession or distribution of Schedule I narcotics can carry serious consequences.
One point I stressed in each of these articles is that it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible if you or a loved one has been arrested. Counsel will take immediate steps to ensure that your rights remain protected. These steps can include the conducting of an investigation, the filing of any necessary Motions, and entering into negotiations with the prosecutors. As a former public defender, I believe that all people are entitled to high quality legal representation. I will give your case the attention it deserves. Call today to speak with a Long Island attorney. Our office also serves Kings County residents in Brooklyn, residents of Queens, those in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, as well as people in other New York areas.