Understanding the Arrest Process
An arrest for any type of drug offense places your future at risk, as you face serious criminal penalties which could negatively affect your personal and professional life. You deserve to have an experienced White Plains criminal defense lawyer standing by you as the case progresses and looking out for your best interests. I am Attorney John M. Cromwell, and since 1988 I have represented thousands of individuals in your position, helping them pursue an acquittal or a reduction or dismissal of the charges. I am a good listener, and I understand what a difficult experience this may be for you.
Call me today for a consultation in English or Spanish, to discuss your defense options and to learn more about your rights. Do not make the mistake of speaking with police officers, investigators or anyone else about your charges without having me present to advise you. The criminal justice system is adversarial, and the police are not your friends. They are investigating you because they believe you committed the crime. They will only ask you questions that are designed to build the evidence against you, and there is practically nothing you can say which will persuade them to drop the investigation-their job is to convict solve crimes and convict people.
Drug Crimes and Penalties
The penalty you face for a drug offense will vary according to a variety of factors, including your prior criminal record, the quantity of drugs that were involved, and the type of drug. For example, a first time offense possession of marijuana is an infraction with a $100 fine, while a third offense is a
misdemeanor. If you are caught with larger amounts of drugs such as cocaine, heroin or ecstasy, you may be charged with
felony possession with intent to distribute or trafficking, sent to prison and fined thousands of dollars. I can advise you of the specific penalty in your case and the best possible defenses, such as demonstrating that your rights were violated.