Aggressive and Personal Drug Crime Defense Lawyers on Long Island
Working closely with individuals facing nonviolent criminal charges
While generally considered less serious than violent crimes, convictions for nonviolent offenses may also involve serious penalties. When you consult Reynolds, Caronia, Gianelli & La Pinta, P.C. you have access to a team of prominent criminal defense attorneys with extensive trial experience, giving you the resources you need to fight the charges against you. We have experience helping people charged with a wide range of offenses, including drug crimes, conspiracy, forgery and all other nonviolent crimes. We know that no two cases are the same, which is why we deliver unparalleled personal attention to our clients.
Nonviolent criminal defense in New York
Nonviolent crimes range in severity depending on the type of offense. Some of the most common nonviolent offenses in New York include:
- Drug charges: For many years, New York had some of the most Draconian drug laws in the country. This has changed recently, as the state has relaxed some of its mandatory minimum sentencing and have adopted court-supervised treatment programs. To take full advantage of these programs, it is important to contact a lawyer immediately.
- Larceny: Larceny is the taking of personal property through nonviolent means. This may encompass everything from direct stealing to taking somebody’s property through deception.
- Conspiracy: Conspiracy is when two or more people agree to undertake a criminal purpose. For conspiracy to take place, the actual criminal act need not occur. Conspiracy is often charged in federal court.
- Forgery: This occurs when an individual alters the writing of another person, creates (without authorization) any writing so that it looks like the work of another or transmits any writing known to contain a forgery.
- Fraud: This is a broad category of nonviolent crime that involves deceiving another party for financial gain. There are countless types of fraud. Fraud charges are often charged as a conspiracy in the federal courts.
- Possession of stolen property: Even if you did not participate in the act of the theft, receiving and possessing stolen property is a crime. The most common defense to this charge is the argument that the possessor of the property had no knowledge that it was stolen.
In New York, nonviolent crimes carry indeterminate sentences. Sentences may range, depending on the number of counts charged, the amount of the loss to a victim and an accused’s prior criminal record. Violent crime offenses, on the other hand, carry much harsher penalties.
Speak with a dedicated Long Island attorney today
Contact Reynolds, Caronia, Gianelli & La Pinta, P.C. to schedule a free consultation by calling 631-231-1199 or by contacting us online. Our office is located just off the Long Island Expressway, and is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with after-hours appointments available upon request. We serve clients throughout Long Island.
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