Family Offense Crimes

Family offense crimes

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Family offense crimes are very serious charges. Family crimes may include things like charges of domestic violence, abuse, child abuse, sex abuse, endangering the welfare of a child, along with Child Protective Services allegations. The outcome of these matters not only affect your freedom and criminal record but they may also affect your ability to see and spend time with your children, return to your home if there is an order of protection in place, and have extensive consequences to your job and home.

Family offenses should only be handled by attorneys experienced in both family and criminal court. Only attorneys with this type of interwoven legal experience can best advise you of how your matter should be handled for the best possible outcome in your case. Often times, these cases are transferred to “IDV Court” Integrated Domestic Violence Court. In this court, criminal and family matters are heard in the same Court, often by the same judge. It is imperative that you hire a lawyer to represent you that is familiar and comfortable in the IDV Court system.

When charged with a family offense, experienced legal help should be sought immediately, before you are interviewed by a State agency or law enforcement, or as soon into the matter as practicable. The earlier that you involve an experienced attorney in your matter, the better the chance for the best possible outcome in your case.

If you have been charged with a family offense or child protective matter, or have been interviewed regarding a pending family offense matter in Onondaga County, call me immediately at (315) 474-5533. I offer a free consultation to review all the facts and circumstances of your matter so that I can best advise you proceeding forward.

Caught with Oxycodone, Now What?

balduf_oxycodone_WHAT IS OXYCODONE, AND WHAT HAPPENS IF I’M CAUGHT WITH IT?

Oxycodone, also commonly referred to by the brand name OxyContin, is a synthesized opiate that is commonly prescribed to treat extreme pain. It is also frequently given to patients in tablet form under the names Percocet and Percodan. While the drug was initially developed to be a less addictive form of traditional morphine, time has proven that oxycodone is just as addictive as its opiate derivative and abuse of this drug has become quite common. As reported by the Center for Disease Control, in 2010 more than 16,600 people died of overdoses related to oxycodone and other synthetic opiates.

Due to its dangers, possession of this drug without a valid prescription is strictly prohibited in several states. Oxycodone has been classified as a federally controlled Schedule II drug, imposing strict manufacturing and distribution guidelines for pharmaceutical companies.

PENALTIES FOR POSSESSION OF OXYCODONE IN NEW YORK

In New York, a conviction for possession of oxycodone can lead to a laundry list of different penalties. Depending on the amount that is found on your person at the time of arrest, you may be subject to exorbitant fines and even a prison term.

At minimum, oxycodone possession charges can bring the following consequences:

Incarceration

Steep Fines

Community service

Mandatory participation in a drug abuse treatment program

Possession of small amounts can result in a prison sentence of up to 1 year, while larger amounts can lengthen the prison time. If you are also charged with intent to distribute, the penalties will be much more serious. Along with a felony charge, you could face up to 20 years in prison and $5 million in fines. Finally, if someone dies due to your selling of oxycodone, life in prison may be imposed.

DRUG COURT/ADDICTION

Drug Court may be an option.  Getting help if you have an addiction is a priority for both your criminal record and your life.

If you have been arrested for possession of oxycodone, it is imperative that you contact an experienced New York criminal defense attorney.  Call William Balduf, Esq..  He is equipped to handle various drug crimes and can seek to have your charges dropped.

Protect your future – call today at (315) 474-5533