Drug charges are among the most common types of crimes prosecuted in New Jersey courts. These charges frequently involve simple drug possession but can include more serious drug crimes of a larger scale. However, even arrests for small quantities of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) such as marijuana can majorly disrupt your life and lead to a drug conviction that you will want to avoid. That is because you could be facing not only the consequences of criminal penalties but of having a permanent criminal record that can make future employment, housing, and options for higher education much more difficult. Additionally, it can cause you to lose a professional license or be ineligible for one in the career of your choice in the future. For noncitizens, it can also cause negative immigration consequences, such as becoming ineligible for a green card.
Putting your future and freedom at risk in drug charges without the representation of a capable and diligent criminal defense attorney is not recommended.
At Davé Law Firm, we can zealously protect your rights, help you navigate the criminal court system, and put you in the best possible legal position when facing charges. We understand what is at stake for you even when accused of minor drug crimes. That is why we work so hard to help you achieve the best possible outcome.
Drug Charges in New Jersey
New Jersey’s penalties for various drug charges such as possession, use, or distribution of drugs are complicated and challenging to navigate. Included in these drug charges are drugs that are illegal, harmful, and addictive involving both street drugs as well as unauthorized prescription drugs. Drug charges revolve around the types of CDS involved as well as the amount of each substance found. Since charges can vary, it’s important to have someone on your side who understands the serious penalties associated with each charge, which can include long jail sentences, significant monetary fines, and more.
Possession charges are the most common drug charge in New Jersey. You can be charged with this offense if you are found to be in possession of illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and more.
Possible CDS possession charges include more than six ounces of marijuana that may be punished by up to a year and a half in jail and a fine of up to $25,000. If you were found within 1,000 feet of a school with marijuana, you may also be ordered to serve 100 hours of community service in addition to a fine.
Other drug possession charges are commonly third-degree offenses in many cases. These carry three up to five years in prison and fines of up to $35,000 upon a conviction.
Manufacturing & Distribution Charges
In New Jersey, manufacturing, distribution, or possession with intent to distribute offenses are more serious and are considered indictable offenses. This means that these charges have much heavier penalties than minor possession charges. However, like possession charges, manufacturing and distribution charges are also dependent upon the amount of substances included in the offense, as well as the location where the incident took place. For example, if you are arrested for drug manufacturing and distribution charges within 500 feet of a housing project or public park, or within 1,000 feet of a school, penalties may be more severe—even if you claim to be unaware of being close to those locations.
Beyond the amount of the substance and the location of the offense, the type of drugs involved is also a huge factor in potential charges. Marijuana, heroin, and cocaine all have very different consequences and offense levels under New Jersey law. Thus, hiring a skilled and knowledgeable team like the one you will find at Davé Law Firm is essential to proving innocence and having a positive outcome.
Experienced New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorneys Can Help You
New Jersey has strict laws against drug use, drug possession, and drug distribution. This is why our Trenton drug crime attorneys are a valuable resource in avoiding the severe penalties associated with drug convictions. Put the experience, skills, and dedication of the Davé Law Firm’s legal team in your corner no matter what type of drug charges you face.
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