Do Drugs Cause Crime?

This video features David Cohen, a Criminal Law attorney based in New York.

New York Defense Attorney

Video Transcript:

Rob Rosenthal: 

What's the relationship between drugs and crime according to the US DOJ? Let's asked New York City lawyer David Jason Cohen for this Ask the Lawyers Quick Question.

David Jason Cohen: 

The Department of Justice says that there is a direct relationship that drug trafficking, drug possession, drug sales directly leads to criminal activity. Drugs are the basis for 80% or more of the crimes that happen in this country, not just drug crimes, but it leads to other crimes like larcenies and thefts and sexual assaults, and frauds and forgeries. They believe it to fuel drug habits, they believe it to launder money. The Department of Justice has come out very vigorously against all sorts of drug trafficking and use because of the reasons just stated.

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