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FAQs about rising use of the synthetic drug K2 in New York

On Behalf of | Aug 12, 2016 | Criminal Defense, Drug Crimes

An accusation of violating drug laws in New York can be serious. Depending on the details of the charges, a conviction could result in serious criminal penalties including hefty monetary fines and potential imprisonment. Additional, social penalties can also apply. These can include difficulty finding a place to live, getting a job and even losing out on scholarship opportunities.

Because of the wide ranging implications tied to a conviction for a drug crime, it is important to take the charges seriously. One of the first steps you can take if facing these or similar charges is to gain an understanding of the impact of the charges.

What types of charges are common in New York?

Law enforcement is currently stepping up its efforts to enforce laws regarding the illegal use, possession, manufacture or distribution of the illegal substance commonly known as K2.

What is K2?

K2 is a synthetic drug that is marketed to have a similar impact on the user as marijuana. In reality, the drug is unpredictable. This is likely due, at least in part, to the fact that the chemical composition of this substance is constantly changing.

Laws often define illegal substances based on their chemical composition. Illegal substances like K2 are generally defined by law as synthetic drugs. Some will attempt to alter the composition in an attempt to circumvent criminal laws.

A recent report by The New York Times discussed the use of K2, noting that the presence of this synthetic drug is currently on the rise in New York.

What penalties can come with charges involving K2?

Those who are convicted of selling, distributing or manufacturing the synthetic drug can face up to one year in prison. Those who are found in possession of a small amount of the substance can be found in violation of the state health code.

Although these penalties may not seem as harsh as those that come with other drug violations, the law may soon change. A bill under consideration would increase the charge of selling K2 from a misdemeanor to a felony.

Who are police targeting with increased K2 enforcement efforts?

Enforcement efforts are geared specifically towards sellers and manufacturers of this drug. In addition to other potential penalties, some of which are noted above, the Consumer Affairs Department can also penalize any store that is found to sell K2. This can result in the revocation of the business’ license to sell cigarettes.

What should I do if I face K2 related charges?

Anyone facing any criminal charges should take the charges seriously. A conviction, as noted above, can have a life-long impact.

As a result, it is wise to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss your case and better ensure that your legal rights are protected.