Search Site
Menu
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, depending on the facts of the case, certain criminal defense options may be available. Sometimes an individual may be able to suppress evidence and obtain an acquittal, but this isn’t always a possibility.

When the evidence against an individual is too damaging to seek a full acquittal, plea bargaining may be necessary to consider. There are many tactics that a defendant can use in this situation, but perhaps one of the best is to try to enter into a drug diversion program.

New York currently has 141 drug courts, a significant number of which deal with the criminal justice system. Through these courts, those who are facing misdemeanor and felony drug charges where addiction has played a part may be able to have their case held off on while they enter treatment. If they are able to successfully complete this treatment, then the criminal charges against them may be reduced or dismissed entirely. More than 90,000 people have participated in this program, with about 40,000 successfully completing it.

Of course, not everybody who is charged with a drug crime is a drug addict, which is why those facing allegations of criminal wrongdoing need to discuss their unique set of circumstances with a criminal defense attorney of their choosing. Such an attorney may be able to give guidance and help devise a legal strategy that can fight back against aggressive prosecutors and, hopefully, lead to the avoidance of harsh penalties.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

James L. Riotto Attorney Photo
James L. Riotto
Criminal Defense Lawyer

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.

Adam Staier Attorney Photo
Adam Staier
Of Counsel

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…

  • What to do if pulled over for a DUI


    How to deal with a DWI traffic stop

    How you handle getting pulled over for a DUI/DWI can significantly affect your defense down the road. For instance, declining the officer's request to search your vehicle and avoiding specific answers when asked about any substances you may have consumed could help you when combating DUI/DWI charges in court.
    READ MORE
Reviews and Ratings
  • google
    5.0/5.0

    I went to Mr. Riotto on numerous occasions for traffic violations since I liked to ride too fast on my motorcycle and not once was I disappointed with the outcome. Then the day came when I got myself wrapped up in a criminal case. This man saved my l...

    Read more

    Enrique Lespier

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Mr. Riotto is amazing. He is very thorough, very kind and has the greatest knowledge. He handled my traffic case and the process was really smooth with the best results. If you hire Mr. Riotto, rest assured you are in great hands.

    Read more

    hemant anant jain

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Very responsive and informational,Professional. I felt confident and comfortable trusting them my traffic violation. James and his team represented me with a case of a rough traffic violation and helped me keep my record clean, I am truly grateful.

    Read more

    Mike Marcello

  • lawyers
    5.0/5.0

    Mr. Riotto and his staff will work extremely hard on your case! Mr. Riotto is knowledgeable and will fight to get you the best result! He has an uncanny ability to explain difficult concepts in simple, understandable terms, without being condescendin...

    Read more

    Client

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Lawyer James L. Riotto and his team have given me good guidance, courage, and excellent service, they charge a reliable fee to fight the case. He and his team have worked very hard on my case and successfully handled my case, I appreciate and thank ...

    Read more

    •Hello How are u•

See all reviews
Contact us

Quick Contact Form