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White Plains Drug Case Lawyer

The war on drugs in the 1970’s brought about a culture of the “get tough” attitude towards drug prosecutions. This approach turned addicts into felons and dealers into super-criminals, which in turn, resulted in more people being sent to prison for lengthier prison sentences than ever before. Police officers began using different techniques to investigate and arrest citizens accused of drug crimes. As the police evolved their investigation methods, they also started getting closer to, and often crossing, the line that protects citizens from unreasonable search and seizure. At Greco Neyland, we understand the tactics employed by law enforcement, both the legal and illegal ones. We bring with us, 20 years of experience handling both minor and serious drug cases in both State and Federal Court.

Legal Strategies Put to Task

Our 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article 2, Section 8 of the New York Bill of Rights provides that,

“[t]he right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no warrants can issue but upon probable cause supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”The crux of any successful drug defense lies in the protections guaranteed by the US Constitution and by the laws of New York State. It is rare in any New York drug prosecution that the defenses are based on whether or not the accused possesses an illegal drug. Rather, the defense centers on whether the accused was lawfully stopped and/or searched and if the evidence (drugs) were lawfully seized. As New York drug defense lawyers, we examine every aspect of your case and ensure that you rights were not violated by the police.

Potential Drug Defenses Employed

Some possible defenses in a drug prosecution can be raised and may result from the following:

  • Unreliable information was supplied by a confidential informant to obtain a search warrant.
  • The police conducted a search without a warrant and there was no legal justification as a result of an exception to a warrant requirement.
  • Invalid consent from the accused as a result of a coerced search.
  • An unreasonable amount of time that the accused was detained prior to the officer conducting an otherwise valid search.
  • That there was no reasonable suspicion for the officer to stop or detain the accused.
  • That there was no probable cause that a crime has been committed or is about to be committed by the accused to justify a search or seizure.
  • The warrant obtained by the police was defective for failing to state the places and person to be searched and the things to be seized.
  • No probable cause existed that would justify the issuance of a warrant.

If you have been accused of possession of drugs or trafficking drugs, it is imperative that you hire an experienced New York drug defense attorney who is well versed in search and seizure law. Punishment for drug crimes ranges from a misdemeanor offense of up to a year in jail to a felony offense of up to thirty years in jail. The range of punishment depends on the amount of the drug possessed and if the person has any prior drug convictions.

Experience That Counts

The attorneys at Greco Neyland, PC have years of experience successfully fighting for people who have been charged with Marijuana Possession, Cocaine Possession, Heroin Possession, Ecstasy Possession, PCP Possession, Illegal Possession of Prescription Pills, Drug Trafficking, Methamphetamine Possession, and Drug Manufacturing.

We have represented clients in both State &Federal court for cases ranging from simple possession of marijuana in State court to Conspiracy to Distribute 100 kilos or more of cocaine in Federal Court. What we have learned from all of this is that no two-drug cases are alike. What every drug case shares in common is that each one deserves the attention of an experienced New York drug defense lawyer. To hire someone who is not an experienced New York drug defense lawyer is like asking to go to prison for a long time. You don’t want that. Call us today and we would be happy to discuss how we can help you out with your drug case.