Have you been arrested for the possession, sale or use of illegal drugs?

The possession, use and sale of controlled substances are regulated by the State of New York. Depending on the weight or amount of drugs involved you may face either felony or misdemeanor charges. In either case, if you are arrested for the sale or possession of illegal drugs you’ll need an experienced attorney to come to your defense in court. A conviction may result in jail time, loss of driving privileges, loss of employment and/or employment opportunities, and may even affect your visitation rights

The Manhattan Law Firm of Emdin & Russell, LLP is experienced in handling all types of drug cases; i.e. from simple possession to sale of drugs. As former prosecutors we are uniquely prepared to analyze your case, offer advice with respect to possible defenses, and if appropriate engage in plea bargaining for reduced charges. Emdin & Russell, LLP handles drug cases on the State and Federal levels and has appeared in the Bronx, Queens, King, New York and Richmond Counties, as well as on Long Island, Westchester, Rockland County, New York and New Jersey.

The Partners at Emdin & Russell, LLP are both realistic and compassionate in their approach in resolving drug cases. We recognize that illegal drug use and addiction is a disease and that the “crime” of drug use is a side effect of this disease. Our firm believes that our society needs to treat the disease to prevent the crime. Understanding what it takes to overcome addiction and the physical and mental toll it takes on the individual is punishment enough. Once the addiction is overcome, community service will do more to heal the scars of drug use that afflict society than jail time. The Manhattan Law Firm Emdin & Russell, LLP, is here to not only defend you, but to ensure that you are able to travel the path to wellness and becoming a valued part of the community once more.

Illegal narcotics are a scourge that our nation and the entire world continues to battle for the souls of all people. In the DEA’s 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment[1], the number of drug induced deaths has risen steadily since 2004, surpassing firearm-related deaths in 2005 and vehicular deaths in 2009. On Long Island and in Westchester, New York, the scourge of heroin has become a daily thread in news reports.

According to The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse[2], commonly used illegal drugs include marijuana, heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamines and club drugs. Drug-related crime breaks down into three separate categories:

  • Trafficking
  • Distribution
  • Illegal use.

For the first two, these are activities that are engaged in for profit.  Committing these crimes is not looked upon sympathetically by society. Drug Trafficking charges can be prosecuted in State and/or Federal courts. The Partners at Emdin & Russell, LLP., have experience in both courts throughout the States of New York and New Jersey. Crimes related to drug use are perceived differently by the Courts and by society. Drug possession crimes are often committed due to the grip of addiction that is hard to escape. For people being prosecuted for the use of illegal or illegally obtained drugs, the goal should be for treatment over incarceration. It is this goal that we are dedicated to.

Sometimes a client is facing narcotics charges merely for being inside the same room or vehicle where the narcotics are found. This is called a presumption case. This presumption is rebuttable and the client will need experienced attorneys, such as Emdin & Russell, LLP to fashion this defense. Other defenses such as agency and misidentification may also be available to persons charged with a narcotics offense. It is important to obtain sound legal advice at an early stage of the proceeding. Please feel free to contact Emdin & Russell, LLP for a free consultation.

[1] http://www.dea.gov/docs/2015%20NDTA%20Report.pdf

[2] http://www.centeronaddiction.org/addiction-research/reports/adolescent-substance-use