Are prescription drugs illegal in New York?

Under New York law, possessing prescription drugs without valid documentation is generally a crime. Illegal prescription drug possession for personal use is charged as criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. It is a misdemeanor offense that is punishable by fines and up to a year in jail. The unlawful sale of prescription medications is an automatic felony.

Law enforcement officers are cracking down on illegal prescription drug possession and sales in the state, including opioids, stimulants and depressants. If you have been accused of a drug crime in New York, speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer at Brill Legal Group right away.

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