Written By: Robert King, Esq.
Legal Review By: Greg Colavecchia, Esq.
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Rochester Drug Crime Lawyer

Facing Drug Charges? – Call (585) 270-8882

If you are the target of a drug investigation or you’ve already been charged with a drug crime, having an attorney who has experience and understands the issues presented in drug crimes is imperative.

At King Law, we have represented everyone from those caught with drugs in their pocket to those accused of being involved in some of the biggest drug trafficking conspiracies in the northeast.

It is important that you act quickly to protect your rights and defend your freedoms. You can rest assured that your case is in good hands at King Law, whether you have been charged with unlawful possession or criminal possession of a controlled substance. With the representation of our experienced firm, you may be able to obtain a favorable outcome for your drug crime case.

We are admitted in both state and federal court.

What Do We Do?

The initial steps in analyzing a drug case is to first evaluate how the police found the drugs they are accusing you of possessing and second, under what theory are they alleging you possessed the drugs. The police can rely on two theories of possession, physical possession and constructive possession. Physical possession means that they found the drugs on your person. Constructive possession means that the police are alleging that although the drugs were not on your person, they were located somewhere where you could have exercised control over the drugs, for example, in your house or in your car. Additionally, multiple people can be accused of constructively possessing the same drugs.

The most common scenarios in which police locate drugs are vehicle and traffic stops, search warrants, and undercover “buys.” The question is, did the police lawfully obtain the drugs? Every scenario is different and it is not always an easy evaluation.

Drug crimes can range from a low-level violation to federal offense. Not everybody who gets arrested for a drug crime deserves to go to jail. In fact, most people who get arrested for a drug crime have a larger issue with addiction that will be better addressed with treatment rather than incarceration. We have negotiated pleas for our clients that involve Drug Treatment Court, Veteran’s Treatment Court, the Judicial Diversion Program, Mental Health Court, and probation. All of these options provide those in need of treatment and counseling the ability to get the help they may need instead of going to jail.

With our help, we can defend you or your loved one and if necessary, help them obtain the treatment that they need.

Illustrative Cases:

People v. R.T.
On a Friday evening a car was parked in a vacant parking lot. When police approached a male and a female were inside the car. They asked them to step from the vehicle and located a small amount of narcotics inside. The passengers were charged with drug possession. We challenged the right of the police to search the vehicle. The Judge agreed that the police didn’t have the right to search the car because they didn’t have probable cause of wrongdoing. The evidence (the drugs) was suppressed and R.T. was free to go.

People v. L.M.
The FBI received a tip from an FBI informant that a group of well to do suburban kids were selling large quantities of Marijuana. There was several years of surveillance. When warrants were eventually executed Marijuana, Cocaine and cash were located in our client’s house. Our client faced 20 year in jail. We negotiated a reduced sentence by arguing that Marijuana laws are unevenly enforced by the federal government and further arguing the cocaine was for personal use. He served less than three years, a significant reduction below the federal sentencing guidelines.

People v. A.W.
Our client was a country kid caught in the inner city. The police witnessed a hand to hand drug transaction and his car was stopped shortly afterwards. A significant amount of Heroin was located. We negotiated a transfer to drug treatment court. After a year and half our client graduated and the charges were dismissed. Most of all, he was able to curb his heroin addiction and is now a successful local chef.


In the last 5 years we have handled 54 criminal drug cases in State and Federal Court. The criminal charges have been dismissed in 38 of those cases , the charges were reduced or dismissed in all but 3 cases, only 5 people went to prison.

How We Can Help You:

Personalized Defense Strategies

Free Consultations

Years of Experience

Award-Winning Representation

24/7 Availability

Insights of a Former Prosecutor

The firm is proud to have established numerous positive case results for clients over the years and may be able to help you as well. Open communication, trusted legal counsel and informative defense by the firm have led to success at many courtroom trials. Firm founder, Attorney Robert King, has also been recognized in the 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 Super Lawyers Rising Stars lists, a prestigious honor reserved for only 2.5% of attorneys in the state. The firm brings a high level of experience, tenacity, and proven results to each case.

Charged With A Serious Drug Crime in Rochester?

The prosecution is going to come after you with a whole list of reasons as to why you should be convicted, and they might even try to scare you into accepting a plea bargain. With our Rochester drug crime attorney on your side, you do not need to be afraid of their intimidation tactics. From infractions to felonies, we do not waver when it comes to shielding our clients and doing everything we can to give them the defense they deserve.

If you find yourself facing any of the following complications, do not hesitate to contact the experienced Rochester drug crime lawyer at King Law right away. Call (585) 270-8882.