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Man faces drug charges after using with toddler in vehicle

Drug arrests in Rochester and throughout Upstate New York are often categorized as being made against those who are selling drugs. However, those who are accused of using them can also face drug charges. The drugs that were being used and the circumstances can make the situation worse. For example, if a person has a Read More

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Four people face drug charges for methamphetamine in Rochester

Drug issues are prevalent in Rochester and throughout New York. As law enforcement makes every effort to interfere with drug crimes and make arrests, the people who are confronted with allegations of possessing, manufacturing or selling drugs are inevitably cast in a negative light. Simply because there was an arrest, however, does not mean that Read More

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Allegations of drug crimes leads to arrest of mother and son

When people in Rochester and the surrounding areas face drug charges, they will undoubtedly feel fear and concern as to what the future holds. Given the harshness with which the law treats those who have a drug conviction, it is critical to understand how to defend against the charges and avoid the worst-case scenario. Since Read More

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New York state moves toward legalizing marijuana

After studying the impact, the state is moving toward legalizing marijuana. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo created a group to work on a legalization bill. The group will use the Department of Health’s recommendations to write regulations for the legalization of marijuana. The state largely supports legalization After a proposal is created, the bill moves to Read More

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Nine charged in alleged New York drug network

Many drug-related arrests result from traffic stops and other interactions where police find illegal drugs during a search. These typically result in drug possession charges, but if the quantity of the drugs is high enough, the defendant is presumed to be distributing the drug. However, what the authorities really want to do is to break Read More

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Traffic stop and search for drugs leads to arrests in Rochester

Law enforcement is consistently on the lookout for possible signs of criminal violations. When an officer initiates a traffic stop for any reason and those inside the vehicle are accused of drug crimes, it is imperative to remember that there are rights that can be asserted, regardless of the situation. Since drug crimes can result Read More

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What are the penalties for possession with intent to distribute?

Being accused of a drug crime is serious. Various situations could cause a person to face these allegations. The search of a vehicle, a search of ones’ person or even the search of a residence could cause evidence to be uncovered. Depending on the amount and the illicit drug in question, this could cause law Read More

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What are the laws for heroin possession in New York?

New York is tough on drugs. For the most part, this means penalizing possession of any controlled substance. However, some drugs are a greater concern for this and other states, causing state and federal laws to penalize some drugs charges harsher than others. Take heroin for example. This drug is back on the radar across Read More

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New york man faces multiple drug charges following home search

When law enforcement has their suspicion that an illegal activity is going on, they will issue a warrant. By conducting a search, officers are able to determine if their suspicions were accurate. If drug crimes are suspected, this could mean conducting a search of a home. Depending on the cope of the search, officers could Read More

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Helping you assert a defense against drug charges

New York is tough on drugs. Therefore, those accused of drug crimes are faced with potential harsh penalties. When a person is arrested on a drug charges, it can be a shocking event, as these charges are not always clear and simple. Drug crimes can be extremely complex, which means they deserve a detailed, aggressive, Read More

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Financial aid impacted by a drug charge conviction

The consequences that could befall a criminal defendant can be harsh, especially when a person is young and just starting his or her life. When charged with a drug crime, young adult not only endure the criminal penalties associated with the crime, but they could also experience consequences that could impede his or her goal of Read More

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Two arrested for drug charges following traffic stop

A traffic stop is already a frustrating experience. No one wants to be pulled over by law enforcement, and no one enjoys it when it happens. While traffic violations happen and they can be minor, other traffic stops are more serious. This means that officers suspect that more than speeding or running a stop sign Read More

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Five arrested on drug charges following NY traffic stop

Criminal charges can stem from a wide variety of events. One common situation that could result in drug crime charges is a traffic stop. During a traffic stop, police are able to see into a vehicle, witness the behaviors of the driver and passengers and question those within the vehicle. This initial investigation could provide Read More

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Facing drug charges? Turn to a competent New York law firm

A criminal conviction for any offense can send a ripple of negative effects throughout one’s life. For many convicted individuals, this means being slapped with jail or prison time that can rip them from their loved ones, fines that can throw their finances into upheaval, and a mark on their criminal record that can affect Read More

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New York’s marijuana laws still pack a punch

Anyone who follows the news can recognize that marijuana laws have relaxed over the last several years. While some states have legalized recreational use of marijuana, in New York, such use remains illegal. In fact, although marijuana-based offenses may be considered relatively minor when compared to other drug crimes, those who are convicted of these offenses Read More

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Search results in manufacturing of meth charges

State prosecutors are more likely to aggressively pursue certain types of crimes more so than others. Murder, rape and assault, for example, are likely to be treated much more seriously than petty theft crimes. The same holds true for drug crimes. Simple marijuana possession, for example, may be given a slap on the wrist when Read More

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The use of children in the commission of a drug sale

Drug crimes make up a significant portion of the criminal offenses alleged in New York. Many of our readers may think of drug possession as the main culprit of such criminal charges and, for the most part, they may be right. But the types of drug crimes that a New York prosecutor can pursue are much more Read More

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When can the police conduct a search?

Being convicted of a drug crime is no small thing. The resulting penalties can leave you facing jail or prison, serious fines, a damaged reputation and a mar on your record that can haunt you for years, if not decades. In hopes of obtaining these convictions, prosecutors often rely on evidence gathered by law enforcement Read More

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Aggressive advocacy needed when facing drug charges

Although many states are relaxing their drug laws, there is no doubt that the war on drugs wages on. As a result, many individuals have found themselves facing serious drug charges in the wake of aggressive investigations that seek to stem the distribution, possession and use of illegal narcotics. For these accused individuals, a criminal Read More

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New York’s drug paraphernalia laws

When New Yorkers think of drug crimes, they probably think of drug possession and drug distribution. Although these are perhaps amongst the most common and most serious of drug offenses, there are a whole host of other drug=related laws that can leave an individual facing the potentiality of serious penalties should he or she be convicted. Read More

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New York’s drug possession presumption

We’ve all heard the phrase “guilty by association.” Fortunately, this phrase often doesn’t hold much water in the legal world, as prosecutors oftentimes have to prove that the defendant him or herself committed the crime for which he or she has been charged. Yet, when it comes to drug crimes, New York’s aggressive laws spell Read More

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Aggressively advocating for those facing drug charges

A few weeks ago on the blog we discussed drug diversion programs and how they can pose a legitimate option to those who are facing serious criminal charges. These programs, if successfully completed, may allow an accused individual to avoid the harshest of penalties if they were to otherwise fight the charges and lose. Yet, despite the Read More

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Drug charges and drug diversion programs

Although many states are relaxing their laws as they pertain to marijuana possession, the war on drugs wages on. Both state and federal prosecutors still aggressively pursue those who they believe have broken the law, which can leave innocent individuals facing the potential for serious penalties, including extensive prison sentences and financially ruinous fines. However, Read More

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Large-scale investigation leads to series of drug charges

Law enforcement in Rochester and throughout New York are invested in trying to stop drug crimes from taking place and making arrests when they do. Part of this is moving forward with large-scale investigations regarding drug crimes. This can vary from lower level drug sale to higher level possession with intent to distribute. Those who are caught Read More

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Legal help is vital when arrested for drug crimes in New York

Arrests for drug crimes in New York are not necessarily limited to people accused of being high-level drug dealers or distributors. These are the stories that frequently pop up in the news, but are only a percentage of the drug arrests that take place across the state. Many arrests are linked to drug possession. Some Read More

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Couple calls police after robbery and is arrested on drug charges

Although there is ongoing debate regarding the sale of marijuana and whether it should be legalized or not, people often forget that the drug is still illegal in New York State. With that, it is still possible to be arrested on drug charges related to being involved with it. Often drug arrests lead to charges Read More

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There is still room for improvement with New York drug laws

For many years, New York drug laws were some of the toughest laws in the country. Fortunately, drug crime penalties are continuing to undergo a series of reforms. If you are facing drug possession charges in New York, it is important for you to know what you may be facing. The Rockefeller Drug Laws In Read More

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James L. Riotto is an accomplished criminal defense attorney serving clients in New York. With an extensive background in law enforcement and criminal prosecution, his approach to each case is unique and informed by years of experience with the New York criminal justice system. As a graduate from Albany Law School and before going on to start his own practice, James worked at the Albany County District Attorney's Office, where he helped prosecute many DWI offenses. His inside knowledge of the tactics used to gain convictions provides him with a particular advantage when defending against DUI and other criminal charges.

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About Attorney Adam Staier has spent the last seven years practicing criminal defense law throughout upstate New York and the Capital Region. He began his legal career through internships in civil law, indigent legal representation and federal energy law regulation. Finding a passion in criminal law, Mr. Staier held internships handling both prosecution and defense…

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