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What are the basics of drug crime and charges?

If you live in or around the New York City area, it is no surprise to you that drug crime continues to be a major problem. There are cases in which people should be arrested and charged, as well as circumstances where there is gray area.

When it comes to the basics of drug crime and the related charges, there is a lot that you need to know. Drug charges can be related to a variety of crimes, such as those associated with possession, trafficking, distribution, manufacturing, and cultivation.

Some drugs are restricted on the state level as well as through federal laws. These include but are not limited to cocaine and methamphetamines.

The type of drug crime is tied to the penalty laid down by the court system. Many convictions related to these crimes can be stiff, including prison time. Fortunately, there are times when prosecutors offer a plea deal. This allows the convicted to avoid jail time, and instead be faced with some other type of penalty, such as community service.

When individuals are arrested for drug crimes it is a must that they understand their position, including what to expect as the court process moves forward. Just because somebody is charged with such a crime does not mean that he or she will end up in prison.

By learning more about drug crime and related charges it is easier to avoid being taken advantage of. Along with this, some people in this position realize they have the opportunity to consult with an experienced and knowledgeable drug crime attorney.

Source: FindLaw, "Drug Charges" Oct. 07, 2014

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