The use of heroin has increased sharply, especially among young people in wealthy communities like Greenwich, Westchester County and Manhattan, within the last ten years.
Typically, the precursor to a young person taking heroin is to start out by using oxycodone. Usually, the oxycodone is stolen from a parent who was legally prescribed the drug as a pain medication. Thereafter, a young person’s use of oxycodone will escalate to the use of heroin, which is much cheaper and easier to obtain, and does not require a prescription.
Heroin is incredibly dangerous in relation to other drugs because, once it enters the brain, it converts immediately into morphine and binds with a person’s pleasure receptors. The problem is that the user needs more and more heroin to feel the same feeling of euphoria in the future. This creates a downward spiral and often leads to addiction.
The penalties for possession of heroin in New York and Connecticut are severe because both states believe the use of heroin is a precursor to committing other serious crimes like robbery or burglary.
A first conviction for possession of less than one-eighth of an ounce of heroin in New York State is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.
The penalties for possession of heroin in Connecticut are among the strictest in the nation. Mere possession of any amount of heroin in Connecticut is a felony and carries with it a penalty of up to seven years in jail and up to a $50,000 fine.
Fortunately, our heroin possession lawyers in Manhattan, Connecticut and White Plains have long term experience dealing with those accused of heroin possession.
Moreover, as our New York, Westchester and Fairfield County heroin possession lawyers will explain to you, there are numerous options and programs available.
Westchester County, for example, offers drug offenders access to the so-called “HUB” courts. The stated goal of the HUB courts is to reduce long term incarceration and offer treatment alternatives other than jail.
Our New York, Connecticut and White Plains heroin possession lawyers have had a high success rate defending clients charged with heroin possession in New York Courts like Manhattan and the Bronx, Larchmont New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, White Plains, Mt. Kisco, Pelham, Greenburgh Yonkers, Yorktown, Rye, Mamaroneck, Ossining, Elmsford and Croton as well as Connecticut Jurisdictions like Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk, Cos Cob, Riverside, Old Greenwich, Darien and Wilton.
The goal of our New York, White Plains and Stamford heroin possession lawyers is to find substitute treatment options that focus on long term rehabilitation and the path to a new life for a heroin user.
Accordingly, if you or someone you know has been arrested and charged with possession or sale of heroin, please do not hesitate to contact our heroin possession attorneys in White Plains, New York or Connecticut immediately. The consultation is free, and our attorneys are standing by 24/7 to assist you.