Drug Crimes

Westchester County Drug Crime Attorneys


Facing drug crime related charges is a very serious situation, regardless of how much or how little law enforcement officials may have found on your property. Penalties for drug crimes are among the harshest in the country and can carry permanent consequences. You can even face prison time for simply possessing drug-related paraphernalia, such as scales or balances used for measuring illegal drugs.

Are you facing charges for any of the following types of crimes?

  • Drug possession
  • Drug use
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs
  • Manufacture of drugs
  • Sale of drugs
  • Transportation of drugs

All of these and more can potentially be considered felonies. Criminal arrests involving controlled substances (drugs) can have life-changing consequences. In addition to directly affecting the accused, such charges can have related impacts on members of the accused family. Criminal defense attorneys Marcia Payton and Stephen Riebling form a formidable legal team who understand how overwhelming a drug charge may feel to an individual and their family.

At Riebling & Payton, PLLC, our White Plains drug crime attorneys are dedicated to protecting and defending the rights of the accused. We will work to make sure that any drug charge will have a minimal effect on your life. With a former prosecutor in NYC Office of Special Narcotics on the team, we are uniquely qualified to defend your case, and have a long record of securing successful outcomes.

Types of Drug Charges in New York

It is illegal to possess, sell, distribute, manufacture, or cultivate illegal substances. Drug charges are numerous, and penalties vary vastly depending on the type and amount of drug, the exact charge, and other relevant details.

Our firm handles cases involving:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Heroine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Prescription painkillers
  • Ecstasy

Possession Charges in New York

Drug possession charges in New York are based on degrees of severity. The type of drug and the amount of the drug involved are deciding factors in which degree of possession you can face. For example, 500 milligrams to 0.125 ounces of cocaine can result in 5th degree possession and can carry a penalty of two and half years in prison.

The most severe charge is 1st degree possession. This charge can involve a large amount (8 ounces or more) of cocaine, heroin, or other narcotics or 5,760 milligrams or more of methadone. 1st degree possession can be penalized with 20 years in prison.

Share the details of your situation with our attorneys during a free case evaluation. You can schedule an appointment by calling (914) 712-6878.

Drug Crime Penalties

The factors considered in determining penalties for drug crimes include: the type and quantity of drug involved, whether this is a first or repeated offense, and what type of criminal activity was involved.

Other factors to note:

  • Distribution of controlled substances is always charged as a felony, and is punishable by 1-2.5 years in prison to a minimum of 8-20 years in jail, depending on the severity of the charges.
  • Possession of illegal drugs in the Class B to E felony range are punishable by 1-9 years in prison and $5,000-$30,000 in fines, depending on the felony class.
  • Selling controlled substances is punishable by 1-20 years in prison and fines of up to $100,000, depending on the felony class.
  • Operating as a major drug trafficker is punishable by a minimum of 15 years in prison and a life sentence at maximum.

There are a number of defenses we can employ which we will tailor to the specific facts of your case. Having a proven Westchester County drug crime defense attorney is critical in pursuing and obtaining the outcome in court. Riebling & Payton, PLLC, is ready to provide a comprehensive review of your case and explain strategies to respond to the state's case against you.

Get the Help You Need

Our attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience practicing law and know how to help. They are compassionate with clients and aggressive in the courtroom, always treating your best interest as their top priority. At our firm, you will get the attention you deserve and can rest easy knowing that a lawyer who cares for your success is on your side.

Our founding attorney is a former prosecutor, which gives her a unique edge for defending clients. Our firm is fully aware of how the opposition works and knows powerful strategies to help you. Our team has a long history of obtaining positive outcomes for clients. You can trust we will provide you with top quality counsel.

Contact our Westchester County drug crime defense attorneys at (914) 712-6878
to get access to the solid defense that you need.
We also travel to New York City for client meetings as necessary.

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    Stephen J. Riebling
    “The Court has to say, I have been impressed by Mr. Riebling’s knowledge … and his grasp of the records in this case. It is beyond any that I have seen in any kind of a case similar to this. I am just saying, it’s part of my thinking that someone with your knowledge would be able to understand these things certainly better than I am and perhaps most laymen or even attorneys…” - Westchester Supreme Court Judge Robert Neary Judge Neary was the presiding judge in the murder trial of Lacey Spears. ...
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    Marcia Payton
    Marcia began her legal career by working as an Assistant District Attorney in New York City, prosecuting criminal cases in the country's finest and most highly regarded District Attorney's Office - New York County. It was here that Marcia worked with police officers and detectives and learned how a criminal investigation is handled from arrest to trial. Marcia successfully prosecuted thousands of criminal cases while working in the Office of Special Narcotics in New York City, presenting ...

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