NJ COCAINE DISTRIBUTION
Defend Yourself Against Cocaine Distribution Charges in NJ with Spodek Law Group
If you have been charged with cocaine distribution or any drug crime in Haddon Heights, Voorhees, Audobon, Laurel Springs, or the surrounding areas in Camden County, the experienced attorneys at Spodek Law Group are ready to help you avoid prison or jail time and other penalties that come with a conviction. With decades of experience and knowledge practicing law, including years of experience as prosecutors, we can help you explore your legal options and determine the course of action to take against your charges.
The Rise of Cocaine Distribution Offenses in Camden Superior Court
Drug distribution and possession with the intention to distribute cocaine has been on the rise in recent years. Consequently, the number of distribution charges at Superior Court located in Camden, New Jersey has increased. According to N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5, knowingly distributing cocaine is a serious crime that carries potential penalties depending on the substance’s quantity and degree involved.
Penalties for Cocaine Distribution Charges
Selling five ounces or more of cocaine is considered a first-degree crime under N.J.S.A 2C:35-5. A convicted offender may face a fine of up to $500,000 and ten to twenty years in prison for this offense. For selling a half ounce but less than five ounces of cocaine, it attracts second-degree crime charges that carry a maximum fine of $150 000 and 5-10 years imprisonment upon conviction. Intent to distribute or distribute less than a half an ounce therefore constitutes third-degree criminal activity that comes with up to five years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $75 000.
Enhanced Penalties under N.J.S.A 2C:35-7
Additionally, when distribution occurs within school zones or public parks/housing projects defined as state-funded or section eight housing properties designed for outdoor recreational purposes, the charges become more complicated. A Äúschool zoneÄù defines the 1000-foot vicinity surrounding property used for school purposes, whereas a “public park” or “housing project” refers to any property specially designed for outdoor recreational activities.
Under N.J.S.A 2C:35-7, distributing cocaine in these defined areas carries enhanced potential fines of up to $150,000 and a period of parole ineligibility. Moreover, committing any drug crimes within these identified areas requires mandatory parole ineligibility.
Protect Your Rights with Spodek Law Group
It is essential to get proper legal representation to defend against these serious criminal charges. The lawyers at Spodek Law Group understand that being charged with cocaine distribution or any drug crime in Voorhees or elsewhere is daunting and can potentially destroy your future livelihoods. Our skilled attorneys have many years of experience tackling similar cases before all types of judges across New Jersey’s court systems.
For instance, our team features former Camden prosecutors who are better equipped with advanced knowledge on how the prosecution can build their case against you. Our law firm also serves individuals from Haddonfield, Audobon, and Laurel Springs.
Protect your rights and freedom by contacting us today for a free initial consultation at (888) 981-0039 if you want results that can protect your future and immediate freedom.
Penalties for Cocaine Distribution Charges
The table below shows a summary of penalties corresponding to different cocaine distribution offenses categorized into different degrees of crime:
Offense Degree of Crime Fine Prison Time Penalty for Cocaine Distribution in School Zone or Public Park or Housing Project
Distribution of 5 ounces or more First-degree Up to $500,000 10-20 years in prison Fine up to $150,000 and period of parole ineligibility set at time of sentencing.
Selling cocaine with a weight of at least a half oz but less than five ounces Second-degree Up to $150,000 5-10 years in prison Same as above.
Intent to distribute or distribution of less than a half ounce Third-degree Maximum fine of $75,000 up to 5 years in prison Same as above.
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