Narcotics Investigations in New York City
Understanding Law Enforcement Tactics
There are many different investigatory tactics that law enforcement officers
can engage in to ferret out individuals who
possess and/or sell controlled substances in New York. Some of these campaigns include:
- Search warrants
- Buy & bust schemes
- Undercover operations
If you have been the victim of one of these investigatory procedures and
you now find yourself charged with a
drug crime, you are probably confused, upset and wondering what you can do to defend yourself.
It cannot be stressed enough how vital it is that you speak with a NYC
drug crime defense lawyer as soon as possible when you find out that you
are going to be or have been charged with a drug offense. It is important
that you speak with a legal advocate before you discuss anything with
police officers, investigators, law enforcement agents or any other person
who might not have your best interests at heart. With the help of the
Law Offices of Daniel A. Hochheiser you can ensure that you take the proper
actions to defend yourself.
What about the "entrapment" laws in NY?
When law enforcement is conducting an investigation of a suspected drug
dealer, they may use a number of different tactics to collect evidence—one
of the most popular being undercover operations. In order to catch a suspect
"in the act," an undercover officer may ask to buy drugs from
the dealer while wearing a disguised recording device. In doing so, however,
they must be careful not to deviate from certain guidelines, as they could
be accused of entrapment if they do not handle the operation correctly.
But what exactly does "entrapment" mean? Well, these laws were
put into place to protect unsuspecting individuals from the coercive or
manipulative tactics of undercover law enforcement. If an officer is accused
of entrapment, it means that the defendant believes that they were persuaded
to commit a criminal act when they normally would not have. If you are
unsure of whether or not your rights were violated during a narcotics
investigation, you should not hesitate to discuss your case with a qualified lawyer.
What to do When You're Under Investigation
Make sure you take the necessary steps to protect yourself, your family
and your rights. There is no better time to speak with a New York City
criminal defense attorney than immediately after you are aware that you
are under investigation or that you will be, or have been, charged with
a drug offense.
The sooner your lawyer is aware of your situation, the sooner independent
research and investigation on the entire case can be initiated on your
behalf. Your lawyer will work vigorously to prepare a comprehensive and
well-rounded defense that is intended to uphold your rights and innocence.
Call today for a free consultation. We accept cases throughout New York including the communities of White
Plains, New Rochelle, and Yonkers.