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The Spodek Law Group is one of the most successful law firms in the USA. Our success comes from the fact we are attentive to details, and take a very pragmatic approach to each and every single case. Our clients turn to us for realistic advice – so they can make the appropriate decisions they need to make personally. Our goal is to make sure your case ends in a positive outcome, not only personally – but for your family as well.


Staten Island Drug Trafficking Lawyers

In the state of New York, including in Staten Island, drug trafficking is a very serious criminal offense. Although it is widely mistaken for being drug dealing, there is a specific distinction in the New York law regarding drug trafficking. If someone in the state is found to be manufacturing, distributing, transporting or selling illegal drugs to others, they can be convicted of the crime of drug trafficking.

Severity of Drug Trafficking Offenses

Of course, state laws throughout the United States vary regarding drug offenses, including drug trafficking. Many states, including New York, will punish a defendant who has been convicted of the crime quite severely, especially when there are certain factors surrounding the situation. However, most frequently, drug trafficking is a crime in which the measurement and weight of the illegal substance is greatly taken into consideration. For example, if a person was found with a certain drug on their person but had no intention of selling the drug, they can still be convicted of drug trafficking if the amount of the substance was more than a certain amount.

What Type of Offense is Drug Trafficking in Staten Island, New York?

The drug laws in Staten Island and New York in general are extremely complex. New York has among the toughest drug laws throughout the country and offenses can fall into as many as a half-dozen different categories of felonies.

In general, there are five different categories or degrees of the crime of drug trafficking. For example, if someone is being accused of sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, the least serious degree of this particular offense, the prosecutor must prove that the controlled substance was being unlawfully sold and the defendant lacked the knowledge that it was a controlled substance. The prosecution must also prove that the individual had a specific intent to transfer the drug and had the ability to do so. Keeping that in mind, the prosecution doesn’t have to prove that the defendant had any knowledge of the controlled substance, including its exact amount. Making an offer or agreeing to sell the substance itself is enough to prove that the individual had the intent of committing the drug offense.

What are the Laws Regarding Drug Trafficking in New York?

In Staten Island, New York, drug trafficking charges are always extremely serious. Individuals who are convicted of drug trafficking crimes can easily find themselves receiving very harsh prison sentences and hefty fines. Overall, the severity of the penalties the person finds themselves facing depends on the type of drug, amount of the drug and other numerous factors, in general, the crime of drug trafficking always carries serious penalties.

Penalties for Drug Trafficking Offenses in Staten Island, New York

In the state of New York, any conviction for selling a controlled substance is classed as a felony. There are different levels of convictions. A fifth-degree felony carries a prison term of two and a half years for a first-time offense. On the other side of the coin, a felony offense in the first degree carries a penalty of a maximum of 20 years in prison for individuals who are convicted of the drug trafficking of non-major substances. After a person with a first-degree felony conviction is released from prison, they will have a mandatory five-year supervision. If the individual commits a second offense of drug trafficking in the first degree within the state, they can face a minimum prison sentence of 12 years. In that situation, the maximum sentence can be life in prison.

Other charges can range from a fine of a minimum of $5,000 to twice that amount if the offender sold illegal substances. For individuals who are convicted of a trafficking offense involving the sale of a controlled substance in the first degree, they can face fines of as much as $100,000.

Individuals who are convicted of drug trafficking in the state of New York can also expect probation sentences imposed against them. Usually, however, these come about as part of a plea bargain in which the defendant agrees to plead guilty to a less serious charge in hopes that their sentence is reduced. In most instances, the probation can last at least a year.

There is also a mandatory minimum prison sentence in New York, which means that someone who is convicted must serve a minimum term in prison but will not be eligible for parole until that amount of time has passed. Additionally, if the defendant is convicted of selling or attempting to sell drugs to a minor or protected individual, penalties are even greater.

Defenses for Drug Trafficking

The defense attorney for a person on trial for drug trafficking can use certain defenses in the case. These include:

• The defendant lacked the knowledge that drugs were found on their person or in their property and those drugs didn’t belong to them
• The defendant did not intend to traffic drugs or break the law in general
• Possession of drugs was for personal use
• The defendant was a victim of entrapment and that law enforcement officers pushed them into committing the crime
• An infancy defense can be used for individuals 16 and younger as they cannot be charged as an adult

If you have been arrested for drug trafficking in New York, you need an experienced Staten Island drug trafficking lawyer. Contact the Spodek Law Group at your earliest convenience to get in touch with an attorney.

Charle Butler
Charle Butler
I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
Mesonista parsons
Mesonista parsons
My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!



Spodek Law Group have offered me excellent support and advice thru a very difficult time. I feel I've dealt with someone who truly cares and wants the best outcome for you and yours. I'm extremely grateful for all the help Spodek Law Group has offered me. I can't recommend them enough.

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Spodek Law Group was incredibly professional and has given me the best advice I could wish for. They had been helpful and empathetic to my stressful situation. Would highly recommend Spodek Law Group to anyone I meet.

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Best service I ever had. Todd is absolutely class personified. You are in the safest hands with spodek. They have their clients interest in mind.

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