Under Arrest for Heroin Charges
If you are under arrest for heroin charges, you are probably very worried about your future. You will not want to make any potential damaging mistakes while under investigation that could incriminate you even further. Call a New York heroin possession lawyer right away. Our office offers a free initial consultation so that our experienced attorneys can strategize and review your best options.
Under Arrest for Heroin Charges | New York Laws
Heroin possession in New York is taken very seriously in the yes of the law. Even if you are found possessing less than 1/8 ounces, it is a Class A misdemeanor that will result in one year of jail time. Over 1/8 ounces is a Class C felony, which is punishable by up to 5 years in prison. The penalties are harsher for the more heroin you possess. For example, if you are caught with 8 ounces or more, you could be facing up to 20 years in prison (and 24 years if you are a repeat offender).
Under Arrest for Heroin Charges | Mistakes to Avoid
The first and potentially most damaging mistake people make when faced with drug charges is making unnecessary and incriminating admissions to the police. While it’s always best to be cooperative and respectful, an arrested person is not obligated to say anything at all to the police, and doing so without a lawyer, especially when a drug charge is involved, can be disastrous.
People generally respond in one of two ways to demonstrations of authority: they aggressively reject it, or they accommodate it. While it’s never in your best interests to be aggressive to an officer, neither is it in your best interests to be unguardedly accommodating. Out of a desire to make your situation proceed more smoothly or to avoid making it worse, you might make vague and problematic statements, give away excessive detail, or even admit to something that isn’t true – all the more likely when you’re in an agitated emotional state. An officer might even encourage you to volunteer information by telling you that it will make things “easier” for you. The officer may be trying to trick you, or it might be an innocent request. Think of statements like that, though, as unsolicited legal advice that an officer is totally unqualified to give out.
When you encounter the police, be courteous and calm. Do not, however, volunteer any more information than is necessary. Call a New York Heroin Possession Lawyer with a proven record of handling drug cases at your earliest opportunity.