New York Drug Possession Lawyer

Let a Former Prosecutor Fight for You

Have you been charged with drug possession? Face them with the confidence of knowing you have an experienced and passionate legal advocate in your corner. At the Law Office of Richard Southard, you can find a team of New York drug crimes lawyers who are dedicated to defending the rights of the accused with efficiency and aggressiveness.

The best defense is anticipating your opposition’s next move. As a former prosecutor, Attorney Southard knows how the prosecution works. He can use this unique insight to your advantage in the courtroom to directly counter their arguments. With nearly 20 years of experience, he knows what it takes to win and is ready to fight for you.

View our recent case results to see what we have been able to do for our past clients.

What is possession?

In New York law, if you are found with illegal substances on your person, you can be charged with drug possession. This is one of the most common drug charges, and is challenging in that the prosecution does not have to prove that you were using the drug. Additionally, you can be charged if you were found in possession of objects and paraphernalia associated with drug use.

In order to be convicted of drug possession, the prosecution must prove that:

  • You possessed the controlled substance with full knowledge and intention
  • You did not have a valid prescription
  • The amount was sufficient for personal use or distribution

These factors, however, allow for a number of defensive strategies. For example, one of the most common defenses against drug possession charges is simply that you did not know about the drugs. If the controlled substance was found in your apartment, but they belonged to your roommate and you were unaware of their existence, you cannot be convicted of possession.

Another possible strategy is the concept of diversion, which may allow you to keep your record clean by completing a treatment program for substance abuse. This option is available to first-time offenders who plead guilty; if no other offense is committed within the diversion period, the guilty plea may be vacated and the case dismissed.

Don’t Wait to Begin Building Your Case

You have too much at stake to settle for anything less than quality criminal defense representation. At the Law Office of Richard Southard, you can trust that your rights will be protected and your freedom defended. Our New York drug crimes attorneys want to ensure that your reputation is upheld and will do everything in our power to fight for you.

Take the first step and contact our firm today.