In federal court, an alleged drug kingpin can receive a sentence as severe as life in prison. Sentencing in New York state court is typically less severe, but an alleged kingpin can still be sentenced to ten years or more in prison. In state court, the earning threshold that must be met in order to be prosecuted as a kingpin is $75,000 per year. Alleged kingpins must be earning a much higher amount per year to be considered for federal prosecution. Whether it is at the state or federal level, the consequences of being prosecuted as a kingpin are extremely serious.
If you or a loved one are facing prosecution as a kingpin, it is crucial that you seek qualified legal representation immediately. New York City federal criminal defense attorney Paul D. Petrus, Jr. represents clients charged with drug crimes at both the state and federal level. To arrange a free consultation with Mr. Petrus, contact the Law Office of Paul D. Petrus, Jr. by phone at 212-564-2440 or online through their website.