Understanding The Heroin & Opioid Epidemic
In 2018, drug overdose deaths from synthetic opioids — namely fentanyl and fentanyl analogs — totaled 2,195 in the state of New York. Another 998 individuals died of prescription opioid overdoses, and an additional 1,243 more from heroin overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
New York Persistent Felony Offenders
In New York, prison sentences and other penalties depend on a number of factors, such as the defendant's criminal history, the nature of the crime, and other surrounding circumstances. Felonies in the state of New York carry multiple years of incarceration in state prison. In the event that the person has two or more previous felony convictions, they may be considered a “persistent felony offender,” and this may result in longer prison sentences.
New York Computer Crime Laws are Serious Business
New York is the country’s fourth most populous state, but it ranked second in cybercrime losses for 2020. Financial losses from cybercrime reached nearly $416 million in 2020. The state’s response to increasing rates of computer and cybercrime is tougher laws with steeper penalties for convictions.
New York 2020 Bail Reform Law
Prior to the New York Bail Reform act that took effect in January 2020, many people in New York were forced to wait in jail for months while their criminal cases were sorted out. The Bail Reform Act was designed to reduce the number of people waiting in jail by providing for both no pretrial incarceration and no cash bail in most misdemeanor and nonviolent felony cases.
Understanding Federal Drug Crimes in New York
Facing a federal drug crime charge can have a lasting impact on your future. You may feel hopeless and scared. Federal drug convictions usually carry stiff penalties and potentially life-long consequences. It’s imperative that you take immediate action and speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney.