New York residents know how serious facing drug charges can be. Despite what some would say is a trend toward a relaxed position about “recreational” drugs in America as a whole, possession and distribution of most illegal drugs will still usually lead to felony charges, in many cases. According to a recent report, 12 people were arrested in New York City on a variety of drug charges in an effort credited to the NYPD 20th Precinct.
The report indicates that the arrests occurred on August 31 in the area near Broadway and between 77th Street and 83rd Street. Among the variety of allegedly illegal items seized in the 12 arrests were marijuana, “k2” and heroin. Law enforcement officers also reportedly seized a vehicle and over $10,000 in cash. Of the 12 people who were arrested, five were charged with selling illegal drugs. All of the others face possession charges.
Facing a serious drug charge
No doubt all 12 of the individuals arrested in this recent law enforcement effort are currently weighing their defense options. When it comes to drug charges, sometimes defendants feel like they were caught “red-handed” and that their options are minimal. However, it is important to remember that every criminal defendant has constitutional rights that must be respected. Any criminal defense strategy should likely start with an analysis of whether or not the interaction between law enforcement officials and the arrestee included any suspected violations of constitutional rights, including the important Fourth Amendment right against illegal searches and seizures.
Of course, each criminal case is unique, with specific facts and circumstances that can differ widely. Anyone in New York who has been arrested and charged with a drug crime will need to get the right information about the options in their own unique case.