Drug Possession

Drug Possession Attorneys Prepared To Fight For You

Westchester County Drug Possession Lawyers

Protect Your Future from a Criminal Conviction

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In New York, drug crimes are harshly prosecuted. If you were charged with possession or sale of an illegal controlled substance, you need help from an experienced Westchester County criminal defense lawyer who can help you fight for your future. At Riebling & Payton, PLLC, we offer over 50 years of combined experience to plan your defense and avoid a conviction. You do not have to face your charges alone. Call today to schedule your free consultation.

Dial 914-712-6878 now or contact Riebling & Payton, PLLC online to schedule your free consultation and begin planning your case.


  • NY Penal Law § 220.21 (A-I Felony) Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree
  • NY Penal Law § 220.18 (A-II Felony) Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree
  • NY Penal Law § 220.16 (B Felony) Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree
  • NY Penal Law § 220.09 (C Felony) Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree
  • NY Penal Law § 220.06 (D Felony) Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree
  • NY Penal Law § 220.03 (A Misdemeanor) Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree

Controlled Substance Classifications in New York

The five drug schedules, also known as controlled substance schedules, are a classification system used by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to categorize drugs according to their potential for abuse, medical use, and safety. The penalties you may face for drug possession will partly depend on what schedule the drug falls under.

The five drug schedules are:

  • Schedule I: These drugs have a high potential for abuse, no accepted medical use, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision. Examples of Schedule I drugs include heroin, LSD, marijuana, and ecstasy.
  • Schedule II: These drugs have a high potential for abuse, but also have an accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Examples of Schedule II drugs include cocaine, morphine, oxycodone, and fentanyl.
  • Schedule III: These drugs have a lower potential for abuse than Schedule I and II drugs, an accepted medical use, and moderate to low physical dependence. Examples of Schedule III drugs include anabolic steroids, ketamine, and some barbiturates.
  • Schedule IV: These drugs have a lower potential for abuse than Schedule III drugs, an accepted medical use, and limited physical or psychological dependence. Examples of Schedule IV drugs include Xanax, Valium, and Ambien.
  • Schedule V: These drugs have the lowest potential for abuse among the controlled substances and accepted medical uses. Examples of Schedule V drugs include cough medicines with codeine and certain anticonvulsants.


Although the consequences for possession charges vary based on each individual case, possible penalties may include:

  • Possession of 8 or more ounces of substance containing a narcotic drug is charged as a class A-1 felony and may result in 8-20 years in prison and/or up to $100,000 in fines.
  • Class B-E felony charges may result in 1-9 years in prison and/or up to $15,000-$30,000 in fines.
  • Unlawful possession of marijuana may result in up to 15 days in jail and/or a maximum fine of $250.


Your future is important to our team at Riebling & Payton, PLLC. We understand that being arrested for a drug crime does not make you a criminal. With the right planning and preparation, we can help you improve your chances at a favorable outcome for your case. There are many different defenses you may be able to use to tell your side of the story.

You may be able to prove:

  • You were not aware of any illegal substances in your possession
  • The substances in your possession were not illegal
  • The amount in possession was negligible

A drug crime conviction can result in long prison sentences and huge fines, so it is important that you get help protecting yourself and your future. During your free consultation, we can go over the challenges you face and help you make the best use of your available legal options.

Defending Against Drug Possession Charges

Being charged with drug possession can have serious consequences, including fines, imprisonment, and a permanent criminal record. At Riebling & Payton, PLLC, our team of experienced Westchester County drug possession lawyers is dedicated to protecting your rights and providing a strong defense against drug possession charges in Westchester County. We understand the complexities of drug possession laws and will work tirelessly to build a strategic defense tailored to your unique situation.

Our drug possession defense strategies may include:

  • Challenging the legality of the search and seizure
  • Questioning the validity of the evidence presented
  • Negotiating for reduced charges or alternative sentencing
  • Seeking diversion programs or rehabilitation options

Don't face drug possession charges alone. Contact Riebling & Payton, PLLC today to schedule a consultation and discuss your legal options.

Consult a Drug Possession Attorney Today

Our team has a strong working relationship with the legal community in Westchester County. We can often leverage those relationships to help our clients obtain better outcomes, such as through community service, probation, or other methods. Let Riebling & Payton, PLLC take a look at your case and help you proceed with confidence.

Get started now. Dial 914-712-6878 today.