New Yorkers arrested based on drug crime allegations may face additional risks. In some drug cases, federal prosecutors may decide to pursue RICO charges, increasing the level of potential penalties.
Many of New York’s drug offenders commit crimes due to addiction, and not because they are inherently prone to criminal behavior. If you are among them, you may not necessarily have to serve time. Increasingly, the criminal justice system offers participation in a closely supervised and highly regulated drug court program to drug addicts charged with crimes in New York. This is not only a means of avoiding jail time, but also of kicking the addiction itself.