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What Are the Charges for Opioid Possession in New York?

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Opioids account for more deaths in the United States than car accidents. This is one of the many reasons why illegal possession of these substances can lead to severe legal repercussions.


Some forms of opioids can be prescribed by doctors for pain relief. Others are typically found in the streets illegally in various forms, such as heroin or fentanyl.

Drugs Classified as Opioids

Opioids are a broad-range class of drugs that are derived from the opium poppy plant. They work by interacting with opioid receptors in the body. This property acts with the nervous system to relieve moderate to severe pain, which is why some opioids are prescribed by doctors.


These drugs are generally safe when used appropriately as prescribed by a doctor. However, because of the euphoric effects that some feel when they abuse them, these drugs can be addictive and dangerous by lowering the user’s breathing and heart rate.


Some common forms of opioids include:

  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin)

  • Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet)

  • Oxymorphone

  • Codeine

  • Fentanyl

When Legal Possession Turns Illegal

In order to possess any sort of opioids, you must have a valid prescription from a doctor. If you are caught by law enforcement with prescription drug opioids, you could be arrested and charged if it’s proven that:

  • The substance was a controlled substance;

  • The defendant possessed the substance;

  • His or her possession was knowing; and

  • The possession was unlawful


Depending on the type and amount of prescription drug found, charges may range from a misdemeanor charge of possession to a felony charge of possession with an intent to sell.

New York’s Heroin Laws

Heroin is a narcotic drug another form of opioid that is illegal in any amount. The state classifies heroin as a Schedule l drug, meaning that it is considered a very dangerous substance and it’s likelihood of addiction is great. There is no accepted medical use for Schedule l drugs.


The punishments for possession of heroin are reflected by the severity of its classification. Under New York Penal Law §220.06, the possession of even a half-gram of heroin is a class D felony charge.

How a Nassau County Drug Defense Lawyer Can Help You

Facing drug charges can leave you feeling like you have no options. At Foley Griffin, our experienced drug defense lawyers have over 75 years of collective experience fighting for the rights of those facing drug charges.


We know that every case is different. Our lawyers will work through the nuances of your case and work tirelessly to get you a favorable outcome to lessen your charge and help you avoid jail time.


Contact our firm at (888) 966-8480 to discuss your case today.

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