Hunterdon County Drug Charges Lawyers
In Hunterdon County, drug charges are rather common and can be quite life altering given the rigid nature of New Jersey drug legislation. The greatest number of arrests happen on possession of a controlled dangerous substance (“CDS). The repercussions can be dramatic in the event of conviction.
Expert representation is a must when facing the penalties and collateral damage of a drug charge. An attorney who is skilled and experienced in defending CDS charges can provide protection against a negative result and ensure that the accused has every opportunity to get an acquittal, downgrade and/or diversion.
Our lawyers defend cocaine, heroin, prescription medication, MDMA, LSD, marijuana, ecstasy and other drug charges throughout Hunterdon County, NJ.
Spodek Law Group Defends All Hunterdon County Drug Charges
A CDS is a felony offense in the state of New Jersey. Cases involving a minor quantity of marijuana, hashish or a prescription legend drug are the only exceptions. The probability that you are facing a crime of the first, second, third or fourth degree at the Hunterdon County Superior Court in Flemington are high. Our team has a great track record defending all drug charges including, but not limited to, those involving:
Possession of Cocaine
Distribution of Cocaine
Distribution of Marijuana
Possession of Marijuana
MDMA (a.k.a. Molly or Ecstasy)
Prescription Drugs like Xanax, Oxycodone/Oxycontin, Valium, Suboxone & Fentanyl
Operating a CDS Production Facility
Leader of a Narcotics Trafficking Network
Distribution in a Public Park or Housing Project
Distribution in a School Zone
Possession of a Firearm In Conjunction With CDS Activities
A conviction for a first degree crime involving CDS results in up to 20 years. A second degree carries 5-10 years in prison. The penalties for a drug crime of the third degree include up to 5 years in prison. You face up to 18 months in prison and a fine of $10,000 for a fourth degree CDS crime. Misdemeanor CDS charges, referred to as disorderly persons offenses, are dealt with in the municipal court of the town where the charge was filed. An individual can be sentenced in Clinton, Readington or another local municipality up to 6 months in the county jail for a disorderly persons offense for possession or use of CDS.
Hunterdon County Drug Charges
There are many defenses and strategic approaches that a savvy Hunterdon County drug crime attorney can utilize to challenge the prosecutor’s case. There are numerous ways to help someone in your position.
Improper Motor Vehicle Stop. The police are required to have reasonable suspicion of a motor vehicle violation. They cannot simply stop you because you look shady.
Basis For A Warrantless Search Was Lacking. Police cannot conduct a search without a search warrant. Although there are exceptions to this rule, they are pretty strict. They mandate that the prosecutor show that there was probable cause to support a search and that securing a search warrant was impossible.
Search Warrant Was Defective. Law enforcement agents are bound by the terms of a search warrant. In some cases, a search warrant was issued based on untrue facts.
Violation of Miranda Rights.
Unreliable Confidential Informant. In many drug busts, especially ones involving distribution or intent to distribute, an informant is used. The law requires that any information provided by a “CI” be reliable. If it isn’t, any related police action is invalid.
You Did Not Have The Drugs/CDS. An individual must possess actual physical drugs or have constructive possession to be convicted. Knowing the presence of the CDS is a fundamental component of both pedigrees of possession.
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