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Can drug court participation help keep you out of jail?

As a New York resident who is currently facing a drug charge, you may have justifiable concerns about potentially having to serve time behind bars. Depending on the details surrounding your drug crime and whether you have an existing criminal history, however, you may be able to enter a drug court program instead of serving time in jail. Available to some offenders, drug courts seek to reduce crime and the number of people housed in the state’s prison system by addressing what is so often the root cause of criminal behavior: drug addiction.

Addiction leads to drug charge

People in New York and around the country continue to watch as more and more people struggle with addiction to opioid drugs. This problem continues to plague society and shows no respect for age, gender, class or any other demographic statistic. The fact remains that anyone can become addicted to these drugs. That means anyone can be at risk of a criminal charge related to these drugs when their addiction fuels them to take actions they would not otherwise take.

Professors accused of sexual misconduct with drugs

When hearing about someone accused of improperly using or selling drugs in New York, a person might immediately conjure up a particular stereotype of who that defendant might be. A professor at a criminal justice college is not likely to be the image that results. However, today, multiple professors at the College of Criminal Justice in New York City are facing these types of allegations.

New marijuana law in New York City

Residents in New York are not currently able to legally use marijuana for recreational purposes like people who live in nearby Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and the District of Columbia. Therefore, this debate continues as many want to see this changed. In the meantime, people who find themselves accused of simple pot possession may no longer be forced into handcuffs and taken into jail.

How many people attend drug court?

If you or someone you know has been arrested for a suspected drug crime in New York, you might want to learn about the state's drug court program. Within the greater New York City area there are multiple drug court programs based in part on geography as well as on area of focus.

Can you be arrested for prescription drug abuse?

When New York residents think about drug charges, you likely think about illegal drugs. But did you know that you can even be arrested for abusing legal prescription drugs? Neil S. Ruskin, attorney at law, is here to help if you're facing prescription drug-related charges and their subsequent penalties.

Marijuana laws in new york: past, present and future

Most of the nation is familiar with the ongoing debate surrounding medical and recreational marijuana. While some areas of the country have already legalized this controversial substance, others remain in a state of limbo with laws and regulations. New York enforces strict guidelines when it comes to medical marijuana, but recreational purchase of this drug has yet to receive the go-ahead. 

21 indicted in drug ring

New York residents who hear reports about criminal charges being levied against defendants may not always understand the nuances involved in the terminology used. For example, there can be a big difference between a third degree crime and a second degree crime. Specific terms used relate to different offenses and therefore to potentially different sets of consequences as well.

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