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Defending Criminal Drug Charges in Nassau County

Leveraging decades of combined experience to protect the rights of criminal defendants on Long Island

Any criminal charges can have serious consequences for your life, but the results of a conviction on a drug-related offense can be especially severe. Someone found guilty of such a crime may face:

  • Prison time
  • Major fines
  • Professional license denial or revocation
  • Deportation
  • A permanent criminal record
  • Probation and drug screenings

All this, plus the stain on your personal and professional reputation, may follow you forever.

Understanding Nassau County drug offenses

As former Nassau County Assistant District Attorneys, the Long Island criminal lawyers at Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC know that prosecutors take drug crimes very seriously. About 50 percent of all prison inmates are incarcerated on a drug-related offense, which demonstrates the pressure on police and the courts to stem crimes involving drugs.

The most common drug-related offenses include:

  • Cultivating or manufacturing illegal drugs
  • Trafficking illegal drugs
  • Possessing illegal drugs
  • Possessing with intent to distribute illegal drugs

Drug offenses carry severe penalties that increase based on the amount and type of drug involved. The difference between being charged with possession of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, for example, may have less to do with your actual intent than with the amount of cocaine in your possession at the time of your arrest.

Long Island criminal lawyers in your corner

At Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC, we know how district attorneys strategize and structure prosecutions of drug crimes, and also how their biases and the pressure related to drug crimes can lead to mistakes in those strategies. In the American legal system, where the burden of proof lies with the prosecution, a single mistake may be all the defense needs to secure a not guilty verdict.

Even if the case against you is unshakable, our Long Island criminal lawyers can still provide invaluable assistance reducing your sentence. The severity of your punishment depends on such factors as:

  • The particular circumstances of your case
  • Any prior convictions
  • Your legal representation
  • Personal biases of the officials and court personnel involved

We know how to use these factors and other legal options such as rehabilitation and diversion programs to reduce your charges or the severity of your sentence.

Our Long Island criminal lawyers can help

The attorneys at the Nassau County law firm of Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC know how to develop strong legal defenses against Nassau County drug charges. Contact us today online or at 516-294-0300. We are available for our clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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