Drug Crimes

If you or a loved one is struggling to combat drug charges, contact the understanding and compassionate criminal defense team at McCabe Coleman Ventosa & Patterson PLLC, today. We will take swift action in your defense and will be by your side every step of the way to fight for your rights and your freedom.

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Drug Crime Lawyers

Charged for criminal possession of a controlled substance in New York? Contact our Hudson Valley Drug Defense Attorneys for help. When you or a loved one has been arrested or indicted on drug charges, panic and dread can set in as you realize the severity of the penalties and the seemingly uphill battle ahead of you. No matter what the charges, the prospect of a criminal drug trial or conviction on your record can wreak havoc on your future and cause extreme stress for your family and loved ones. The severe and long-lasting consequences of a criminal drug conviction require swift and serious legal representation. And when your freedom and future are on the line, you need an aggressive criminal defense team with the specific experience and level of understanding needed to handle the complexities of your criminal drug case. As a former Senior Assistant Public Defender, John Ventosa has practical insights into how drug investigations work and what tactics the prosecution may be planning. He has the negotiation skills and the drive to fight fiercely in your defense. When you or a loved one is facing years in jail and thousands of dollars in fines, you need a highly qualified New York drug defense attorney on your side. The criminal defense team at McCabe Coleman Ventosa & Patterson LLC, has the extensive experience, crucial insight, and solid legal skills necessary to establish a strong defense for you. Contact us now to go over the details of your case and map out the legal strategy you need.

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Drug crime charges in New York can range in severity, although all may result in devastating effects on an individual’s personal and professional life. At McCabe Coleman Ventosa & Patterson LLC, our legal team will put up a vigorous defense against charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance:

No matter what drug charges you are facing, it is crucial to retain an experienced New York criminal defense lawyer as early as possible in your case. A criminal drug case has many phases, and a good drug defense attorney will take every opportunity to intervene on your behalf and push back or block the prosecution.

What Should I Expect When Facing a Drug Charge?

A New York drug crimes lawyer approaches the bench with a client. The New York criminal court system is complex, and a criminal drug case can take a long time to make its way through the system. Almost every step of the way, there are opportunities for a skilled defense attorney to negotiate on your behalf.

Before the Arrest

You may hear that someone has issued a complaint against you, that there is a warrant out for your arrest, or that an investigation is under way. Contacting an experienced New York drug defense lawyer at this stage is crucial. An attorney can advise you of your rights and make sure you are not pushed into saying or doing something that’s not in your best interest.

First Appearance and Bail

Once you are arrested or receive a notice to appear in court, you will make your first appearance, where your bail will be determined. A criminal defense lawyer will fight for the lowest possible bail, including the option of you being released on your own recognizance (or ROR), so you can be home with your family while preparing for the next steps in your case.

Drug and Substance Abuse Evaluation

If you are facing a drug charge, you may have to undergo a substance abuse evaluation. You may be tested for possible drugs in your system and will discuss your history with drugs. Based on the evaluators’ recommendations, the judge may order a drug treatment program as a condition of your release.

Pre-Trial Activities

Before your drug case goes to trial, there are many opportunities for a knowledgeable Dutchess County criminal defense attorney to intervene and argue that the charges should be downgraded or dismissed altogether. There will also be opportunities to negotiate a plea bargain, where the prosecutor may agree to reduce or drop charges, reduce the sentence, or offer probation instead of jail time.

Indictment and Arraignment

If you cannot reach a deal early, the prosecutor will present your case to a grand jury for indictment, followed by an arraignment, where a judge will formally read the charges against you. After the indictment, you and your attorney will be given access to all the evidence the prosecution intends to use against you in court. Before and after the arraignment, your attorney will continue to negotiate with the prosecutor if you are considering a plea deal. It is important to note that most cases are resolved before they go to trial.


If your case goes to trial, that’s when you really need an experienced New York criminal defense litigator on your side. Understanding how a jury works and what small things may influence their decision only comes with years of courtroom experience. A smart criminal defense attorney will also be thinking ahead to the appeals process and what issues may affect your case’s eventual outcome.

The sooner you make the decision to hire an experienced New York drug crimes defense lawyer, the sooner we can get to work on your case. Our legal team will aggressively pursue the many opportunities for early intervention to avoid the costs and risks associated with a trial. However, if your case does end up going to trial, you can trust that the loyal criminal defense litigation team at McCabe Coleman Ventosa & Patterson PLLC, will fight vigorously on your behalf.

What Can Affect My Drug Charges?

There are several factors that play into what charges the state may pursue against you. For example:

Type of Drug

Some drugs, such as heroin and fentanyl, are considered more hazardous than others and thus typically involve higher sentences.

Amount and Intent

Your charges may be more severe than possession if it is determined the amount you are allegedly found with indicates intent to distribute, manufacturing, or trafficking.

Where you were found

Some locations in New York, such as areas near schools, have special protections and therefore will mean more severe penalties.

Prior Record

As with any crime, your prior record will come into play when the state decides how to prosecute your case.

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Contact a Hudson Valley Drug Crimes Attorney Today

A criminal drug conviction can change your life forever. Even beyond serving the actual sentence, the repercussions can haunt you as you search for jobs and try to build new relationships and repair old ones. Don’t leave the fate of your future in the hands of an attorney who is inexperienced or desperately angling to handle your case on the cheap. Serious charges require serious representation.

Hudson Valley drug defense lawyer John Ventosa fights aggressively for the rights of clients throughout Dutchess County, Orange County, Ulster County and Columbia County, including those living in Poughkeepsie, Marlboro, Kingston, Rhinebeck, Hyde Park, Wappingers Falls, Highland, Kingston, Fishkill, East Fishkill, Staatsburg, Newburgh, and Red Hook.

If you or a loved one is struggling to combat drug charges, contact the understanding and loyal criminal defense team at McCabe Coleman Ventosa & Patterson PLLC, today. We will take swift action in your defense and will be by your side every step of the way to fight for your rights and your freedom. Fill out our online form or call us to speak to a knowledgeable New York criminal defense attorney about your case now.

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