Drug laws are changing all around the country. New drug laws are being introduced and new drug classifications are changing. The consequences of drug offenses are also changing as drug laws change. Here’s what you need to know about the current state of drug laws at the federal and the New York state level.
Penalties for drug possession under federal law
Today, if you’re charged with drug possession under federal drug laws, you may spend up to three years in jail. You can also receive a maximum fine of $10,000.
Penalties for drug trafficking under federal law
If you’re convicted on drug-trafficking charges, you may receive a minimum sentence of five years in prison with no chance to apply for parole until after serving 60% of your time behind bars. If your charge is more serious, you may stay behind bars for life. You can also receive a maximum fine of $20,000.
Penalties for drug trafficking under New York drug laws
If you’re convicted on drug-trafficking charges under New York state drug laws, you may have to serve between eight and twenty-five years in prison. You can also receive a fine of up to $500,000 as well as forfeiture of the vehicle that you used.
Penalties for drug possession under New York drug laws
If you are facing drug possession charges in New York, you may spend up to five years in prison. You can also receive a fine of up to $15,000.
Penalties for drug sale in New York
If you are convicted on drug-sale charges, you may receive a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The fine for selling drugs in New York can be as high as $100,000.
As you can see, drug laws can be serious. Just note that the severity of your drug crime will depend on the drug type, your prior drug crimes and other factors.