If you or someone you know has ever been arrested for and charged with a crime in New York, you may quickly learn that even if the alleged offense did not directly involve drugs or alcohol, these substances may end up being factors in some way. Understanding the relationship between legal or illegal substances and criminal activity may be vital, especially to people who need to defend themselves against such allegations.

According to the Department of Justice, defendants in as many as 40 percent of crimes identified as violent are said to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of their alleged crimes. The National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence indicates that these violent crimes include everything from rape to murder to domestic violence and more. Drugs and alcohol together are said to have been factors in an estimated 80 percent of cases that resulted in people currently being in prisons or jails around the country.

Drugs may lead people to be charged with crimes in many ways. One of these is via an attempt to steal in order to get money to pay for drugs to feed an addiction. Transporting, selling or otherwise supporting a drug system may also be connected with a criminal charge and ultimate conviction.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give residents in New York an overview of the many ways in which alcohol and drugs may play a role in alleged criminal activity and subsequent arrests.