NJ Drug Crimes Lawyers
A conviction on drug charges in New Jersey can destroy a person’s life and reputation. Whether the charge you’re facing is manufacturing, possession, distribution, trafficking, or being under the influence, you have legal rights. The choices you make, including what attorney will to represent you, can mean the difference between incarceration and freedom in your drug crime case.
What Our Attorneys Can Do For You
There are numerous opportunities for our lawyers to intervene on your behalf in most drug cases. The earlier we become involved, the better chance you have of a positive outcome.
- Your New Jersey drug crimes attorney will negotiate for your release at the lowest bail amount right away (or on your own recognizance).
- In-house investigation into the charges against you, scrutinizing any evidence the prosecution has and arguing for disputable evidence to be ejected.
- Identifying holes in the prosecution’s case. The former prosecutors on our team can spot a weak case a mile away.
- Weigh all options, including treatment programs, supervision, and conditional discharge.
- Negotiate a dismissal or reduction of the charges in a plea agreement.
- Using our decades of trial experience, our lawyers will mount a strong case to present to a jury if we go to trial.
- If conviction on a drug charge is unavoidable, our attorneys will request alternatives to incarceration or argue for a minimum sentence.
Common Defenses to Drug Crime Charges
There are lots of reasons charges get reduced, cases get thrown out, and defendants are found not guilty.
Some questions we ask when preparing your defense include:
Were you subject to an illegal search and seizure to obtain the evidence against you?
Did police have probable cause for a search or traffic stop?
Did officers read the Miranda upon your arrest or whenever you did not feel like you were free to leave?
Were the drugs actually in your “possession”?
What was your charge of possession with intent to distribute based on? Can the charge be reduced to possession?
Was any evidence retrieved in an illegal manner, or did any procedural errors occur?
Were you in a flawed lineup? Could you have been identified in some misleading manner?
For test results in evidence, can we question the validity of the lab equipment used to obtain those results?
As far as we’re concerned, the burden is on the prosecution to prove their case. We can make their job extremely difficult.
Common Types of Drug Crime Cases We Handle
Some of the drug crime cases our law firm handles include:
Use or Being Under the Influence of Drugs
Federal Drug Crimes
Imitation Drug Offenses
Prescription Drug Offenses
Penalties for drug crimes in NJ vary depending on the degree you’re charged with.
A first degree conviction carries 10 to 20 years in prison and a fine of $200,000.
A second degree conviction carries 5 to 10 years in prison and a fine of $150,000.
A third degree conviction carries 3 to 5 years in prison and a fine of $15,000.
A fourth degree conviction carries up to 18 months in prison and a fine of $10,000.
A disorderly persons offense carries a fine of $1,000.
A petty disorderly persons offense carries a fine of $500.
How NJ Classifies Controlled Dangerous Substances
New Jersey’s Criminal Code classifies certain drugs as “controlled dangerous substances,” or CDS, when they have the potential for abuse. Such drugs are under tight regulation by the state.
Schedule I CDS carry a high potential for abuse and have no accepted medical use in treatment in the US. Schedule I drugs include marijuana and synthetic marijuana, hashish, heroin, LSD or acid, and MDMA.
Schedule II CDS also have a high potential for abuse which leads to severe psychic or physical dependence. These may have accepted medical use in treatment in the US, sometimes with severe restrictions. Schedule II drugs include cocaine, methadone, oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, Adderall, Ritalin and methamphetamine.
Schedule III CDS carry a potential for abuse lower than the substances listed in I and II, but lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence. These have accepted medical use in treatment in America. Schedule III drugs include anabolic steroids, ketamine, and testosterone.
Schedule IV CDS carry a low potential for abuse relative to the substances in III and have currently accepted medical use in treatment in the US. These can potentially lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the substances in III. Schedule IV drugs include alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium) and zolpidem (Ambien).
Schedule V CDS Substances carry a low potential for abuse relative to the substances in IV and currently have accepted medical use in treatment in America. They have limited physical dependence or psychological dependence liability relative to the substances in IV. Schedule V drugs include low doses of codeine, diphenoxylate, and opium.
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