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Avoid Making These 3 Mistakes If You Are Facing a Drug Charge in New York


According to an article published in the New York Times, the war on drugs is far from over, with over 75,000 people facing drug charges in a single year for drug felonies and misdemeanors in New York alone.

A conviction for a drug charge in New York can negatively affect your life. For example, you could lose your driving license. On top of this, you risk facing severe penalties, including monetary fines. Because of such negative implications of drug charges, some people act in different ways hoping that their actions will help them only for those actions to cause more harm than good.

When facing a drug charge, your emotions can lead you to make poor judgments. You could be angry or scared, and as a result, decide to do something that you come to regret later on after realizing you should not have done it. Unfortunately, the reality is that when you react out of anger or fear, especially when dealing with crime-related matters, you end up making the wrong decision.

Below are three common mistakes people facing drug charges in New York make. If you are facing drug-related charges, avoid these costly mistakes.

Mistake One: Making Admissions That You Should Not Make/Talking To The Police Without an Attorney

When arrested and charged with a drug crime in New York, it is always in your best interest to cooperate with the police. For example, never be rude to a police officer. Nevertheless, saying too much to a police officer, especially in the absence of an attorney, can be tragic. The Miranda warning clearly states that you have the right to remain silent and choose not to talk to the police in the absence of your attorney. It is best to choose not to speak to a police officer in the absence of your attorney.

Mistake Two: Talking To People About the Charges

Being arrested is scary. Therefore, it is only natural that you would want to talk to your family, your friends, or even other inmates about your case. However, the police can use the information you share with people against you.

Mistake Three: Incriminating Yourself on Social Media

People often overshare on social media, and sometimes they share incriminating information. Considering that the internet is not a private platform, it would be best to avoid posting any incriminating information on Instagram, Facebook, or other social media platforms.

Suppose you have been charged with possession of marijuana. For instance, if you post photos of smoke-ring selfies, the police could use such posts against you.

Upon being arrested and charged with a drug charge, it is best to immediately contact a criminal attorney. An NYC criminal attorney who has dealt with several drug-related cases can help you.

If You Are Facing a Drug Charge in New York, Contact an Experienced NYC Criminal Attorney Today.

NYC criminal attorney Mark I. Cohen has been defending drug offenses for thirty years now. To ensure you protect your rights and avoid the lasting negative impacts of drug charges, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.




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