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.
Drug abuse is more than just an illegal activity, it is an addiction. Lawmakers throughout the country are beginning to shift their view of drug addiction. Instead of a focus on putting those who violate these laws behind bars, a growing number of lawmakers are focusing on rehabilitation efforts.