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JFK International Airport Arrests

If you are a tourist or resident of New York and have been arrested at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), it is important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. Airport arrest charges can result in misdemeanor and felony offenses that can lead to imprisonment and/or fines if convicted. In many airport arrest cases, an individual with no prior arrest record is arrested and detained at Queens Central Booking for up to 24 hours before they are eligible for release.

Obtaining a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can make all avenues available for your defense and for attacking the criminal charges against you. An attorney can help you secure the names and addresses of relevant witnesses and obtain video from security cameras in the terminals, at the drop off or pick up areas, or in the parking lots before they are destroyed or erased.

JFK Airport Defense Attorney

Contact the Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner if you have been arrested for an offense at JFK International Airport in Queens County, New York. Rochelle S. Berliner is dedicated to fighting the charges against you, and will make every effort to help you avoid the most serious consequences and repercussions. Call 718-261-5600 for a consultation about your airport arrest in New York.


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Types of Arrests Commonly Made at New York Airports

The most common arrests made at JFK International Airport in Queens, New York include the following:

  • Possession of marihuana (often called marijuana, cannabis, pot or weed);
  • Possession of a concealed weapon including a firearm (gun) or knife;
  • Possession of an unlicensed weapon or other charges related to violating New York's gun regulations;
  • Disorderly conduct or intoxication;
  • Crimes of violence such as assault, battery or resisting a police officer;
  • Trespass or causing a security breach at New York area airports;
  • Disruptive behavior and endangering an aircraft upon takeoff or landing;
  • Interfering with the flight crew; or
  • Felony possession of illegal narcotics, including prescription medication not in a properly labeled prescription pill bottles and controlled substances like cocaine, meth or heroin.

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Possession of a Weapon at JFK International Airport

New York’s laws provide for strict gun regulations and zero tolerance policies at the airport, which catches many unsuspecting visitors and New York residents off guard. In fact, many of the individuals arrested are first detained because they notify an airline employee at the ticket counter about the properly secured firearm in their checked luggage. In most of those cases, the firearm is properly licensed and registered in the individual's home state.

A person who is arrested for airport offense will likely be taken to Queens Central Booking. Many firearms charges are funneled into a special Gun Court set up for cases inQueens County. Brooklyn in Kings County also has a similar Gun Court division.

Read more about weapon possession charges in New York.


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Possession of Marijuana at JFK International Airport

Marijuana possession charges in JFK International Airport often arise from a small amount discovered in a routine luggage search or search of the passenger. When the possession of marihuana or marijuana is not in plain view and involves less than 25 grams, the offense is usually charged as Unlawful Possession of Marihuana under the N.Y. Penal Law § 221.05. The offense is considered a violation, and a $100 fine can be imposed for an initial offense, and a $200 fine on a second violation. A third or subsequent offense carries a penalty up to15 days in jail.

A small amount of marihuana, or marijuana, possessed in area that is considered "open to public view,” like the airport, can result in a class B Misdemeanor offense of Criminal Possession of Marihuana in the Fifth Degree under N.Y. Penal Law § 221.10(1). A person can also be charged under N.Y. Penal Law § 221.10(2) for this offense if they possess more than 25 grams of marihuana. This offense is often referred to as "CPM." This misdemeanor offense is punishable by up to ninety days in jail and/or a $500 fine.


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Possession of Narcotics and Illegal Drugs at JFK International Airport

JFK International Airport has security checkpoints operated by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that permits searches and detentions of your luggage and body. These searches can often lead to finding illegal drugs.

Criminal possession of a controlled substance in an airport in New York can lead to either misdemeanor or felony charges. Misdemeanor narcotics and drugs offenses are in the 7th degree and can result from any amount of a controlled substance present, including residue of the drug. Felony narcotics possession charges from an arrest at JFK can be in the 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd or 1st degree depending on the drug and amount of the drug.

Drugs commonly found in JFK International Airport include heroin, cocaine, meth, methamphetamines, heroin, methadone, LSD, PCP, crack, psychedelic mushrooms, shrooms, hydrocodone, codeine, ecstasy, MDMA, “bath salts,” Xanax, Valium, chemicals and prescription pills without a prescription.


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Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner | JFK Airport Arrest Lawyer

If you have been charged with illegal firearm, marijuana, drug possession, or another criminal offense at JFK International Airport in New York, call the Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner at 718-261-5600.

Rochelle S. Berliner is experienced and knowledgeable in all areas of New York's laws, and is dedicated to helping you find the best possible outcome for your airport arrest. Contact the Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner today for a consultation about your New York arrest in an international airport.

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