What type of fine does PL 220.03 00 (possession of controlled substance) carry, and can you plead it down to a lower charge?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Deer Park, NY

Also, would these charges result in a probation period?

PL 220.03 00
A Misdemeanor, 2 counts, Arrest charge, Arraignment charge
Description: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance

PL 220.45 00
A Misdemeanor, 1 count, Arrest charge, Arraignment charge
Description:Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument

PL 220.03 00
A Misdemeanor, 1 count, Arrest charge, Arraignment charge
Description: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance
Weapon/Drug: Dangerous Drug

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  1. Benjamin J Lieberman

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . Criminal possession in the seventh degree is a class A misdemeanor. The maximum fine could be as high as $1000. There are, however, other matters to be concerned with.

    If convicted, you can go to jail for up to a year and have a permanent criminal record. Yes, the charges could be negotiated down, and an attorney may even be able to get you an ultimate dismissal. Talk to a lawyer.

  2. Joseph A Lo Piccolo

    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . Fines can range from 0 to $1000.

    Multiple drug charges can be plead down to a lower charge depending on the circumstances. Typically it will be reduced to either a lesser misdemeanor or a non-criminal violation.

    A drug program may lead to a better deal and a potential dismissal.

    Get a good lawyer.

    I am a criminal defense attorney practicing in Nassau, Suffolk and New York City. The above information is not a... more
  3. Scott Evan Gross


    Contributor Level 12


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . PL 220.03 00 can carry fines up to $1000, but can also result in jail time. You would do well to call an attorney

    Scott Gross Esq
    631 456 2326

    This is not a solicitation nor is it legal advice. An attorney/client relationship has not been established.... more
  4. Richard C. Southard

    Contributor Level 18


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    Answered . Probation is one possible result. The answer depends on how much drugs were recovered and your prior criminal record, if any. Other possible punishment includes: drug treatment program, fines, community service, staying out of future trouble, etc..

    Hopefully your attorney will be able to reduce these charges so you do not have a permanent criminal record that cannot be erased or expunged.

    Richard Southard
    I am a former Deputy Bureau Chief with the Kings County DA’s Office and adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, with over 15 years experience specializing in criminal law cases. I offer free in-person, phone and video consultations.

    All answers are for information purposes only. Answering this question or any future questions does not form any... more

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