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I really had no idea I was carrying drugs

It may be your worst nightmare come to fruition. It certainly is on the shortlist of the most dreaded circumstances for many. To face accusation for a crime that you didn't commit, to be found guilty and face the embarrassment, the disappointment and the far-reaching legal ramifications of an offense you were innocent of. No one believes you, or even if your family does, the media and almost everyone else now treats you as a common criminal. And now you have a record.

Understanding the degrees of manslaughter

While many states discuss manslaughter as being either voluntary or involuntary, in New York, the classification of manslaughter is done in degrees. What is considered to be involuntary manslaughter in some locations is second-degree manslaughter in New York. What is voluntary manslaughter elsewhere is first-degree manslaughter in our courts. Regardless of the terminology, what differentiates the two types of manslaughter remains essentially the same.

The high stakes of drug trafficking charges

Drug trafficking is certainly one of the greatest risk offenses when it comes to federal drug charges. Drug trafficking involves the cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and sale of illegal substances on a global scale. Penalties for convictions of drug trafficking are severe and can quite often result in mandatory incarceration. These penalties vary based on the particular substance and quantity being trafficked, as well as the number of offenses to which the accused has been found guilty in the past.


Harsh laws regarding controlled substances in New York

Drug crimes in the United States involve, but are not limited to, everything from possession, distribution, manufacturing, transporting and using illegal drugs and prescription drugs. Under New York Law, a controlled substance can be both illicit drugs such as heroin or cocaine, or prescription medication such as OxyContin or Vicodin (if you don't have a prescription for them).

When is a police stop a stop versus a "mere encounter"?

It may seem like a play of words, but in the legal world there's a big difference between a "stop" and an "encounter" with police. The highest court in Pennsylvania is taking a look at this distinction, which could have an impact throughout the country.

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