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Drug Crimes

Our firm represents clients who have been charged with both New York and Federal narcotics violations.

New York Narcotics Violations
Drug charges in New York State include:

  • Unlawful or criminal possession of marijuana
  • Criminal sales of marijuana
  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance (other than marijuana)
  • Criminal sales of a controlled substance
  • Criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument and criminal injection of a narcotic drug
  • Criminal using of drug paraphernalia
  • Criminal possession of precursors of a controlled substance
  • Criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials or precursors of methamphetamine
  • Unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine or disposal of methamphetamine manufacturing materials

Federal Narcotics Violations
The federal government can choose to prosecute any drug case in the state of New York. However, it's most likely to become involved in drug crimes involving:

  • Federal property or officials
  • The military
  • Crossing state or national borders
  • Organized criminal activity
  • Very large amounts of drugs

Our firm investigates the case to determine what defenses are available, such as:

  • Illegal search and seizure
  • Invalid warrant

The sentences for these crimes include:

  • Fines
  • Jail and prison time
  • Drug treatment
  • Confiscation of money or property related to drug crimes

Sentencing for these crimes may be increased for the following reasons:

  • Federal drug violations
  • Someone was seriously injured or died because of the drug crimes
  • The amount and seriousness of the drugs
  • Offense took place near a school
  • Violence was involved
  • Repeat offense

Client Reviews
“I was extremely pleased with the friendly yet professional service that I received in resolving my legal issue.” Karen K.
“Joseph Villanueva and staff made the whole process so easy and gave me the peace of mind that I didn't receive points against my license. Well worth the money!” Linda P.
“Best attorney I’ve worked with. Stayed in contact throughout the whole process. Gave me frequent updates and always replied back to me within an hour. Definitely recommend.” Nikki C.