Common Drug Offenses in New Jersey
Experienced Woodbridge Criminal Lawyers Can Defend You Against Drug Charges
In New Jersey, a drug crime is any offense related to illegal substances. This may include drug possession, manufacture, distribution or sale. The charges you may face for these offenses vary in severity depending on the type and amount of substance involved. Still, whether you are facing a minor drug charge or a more serious crime, a drug conviction will have lasting and significant effects on your life. You could end up with a tarnished record, enormous fines, probation and, in many cases, serve significant jail time. However, a strong defense handled by an experienced drug charge lawyer could help reduce the severity of the charges or possibly get them dismissed.
The Woodbridge criminal lawyers at Spevack Law Firm understand that if you find yourself facing drug charges, then the situation may seem hopeless. However, our criminal defense team has been successfully defending clients in and around Middlesex County against drug charges for decades. As a result of this experience, we know and understand New Jersey drug laws. We will do whatever possible to help you get your criminal charges dismissed or reduced, or to gain a fair resolution for your case.
What Illegal or Controlled Substances Can Lead to Drug Charges in New Jersey?
New Jersey drug possession laws are strict. You may face drug-related criminal charges if you are in possession of an illegal drug, controlled substance or even the compounds necessary for manufacturing them.
New Jersey drug laws make it illegal for a person to possess any of the following:
- Certain prescription drugs (unless prescribed by a doctor)
- Drug paraphernalia
Possession of any of these illegal or controlled dangerous substances may be a felony offense (third degree crime). The sentencing for possession of each substance varies. The sentence also depends on various other factors like the amount in your possession and whether you are found with intent to distribute or manufacture. For example, in New Jersey, those caught in possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana may face only a misdemeanor charge, also known as a petty disorderly persons offense in New Jersey.
It is important to know that even if a conviction is inevitable, it does not necessarily mean jail time. Current drug possession laws in New Jersey allow courts to mandate treatment programs over prison time. An experienced drug charge lawyer may be able to help you obtain that option, especially if this is your first offense.
What Additional Factors Could Affect Drug Charges in New Jersey?
Other related factors and circumstances often complicate drug possession and/or manufacturing cases. Often, these extenuating circumstances increase the severity of the charges you face. Additional factors that could affect the outcome of your drug crime case, include the following:
- Possession with the intent to distribute
- Possession or distribution near a school zone
- Connection to broader drug crimes
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Prior drug convictions
- Possession of a firearm
- Distributing to minors
- Overdose in connection with drug use
If your case includes any of these additional charges, then it is vital that you contact a drug crimes attorney immediately. Conviction on a drug charge, especially when associated with any of these factors, can drastically affect your life and your ability to lessen or dismiss your drug conviction. The Woodbridge criminal lawyers at Spevack Law Firm have decades of experience dealing with New Jersey cases involving many complicating factors.
Need Help? Woodbridge Criminal Lawyers Offer Free Consultations About Drug Crime Defense
As soon as you contact a drug charge lawyer at Spevack Law Firm, we can begin preparing your defense. We can explain your options and start gathering the evidence or testimonies that may be relevant to your case. Then, we will stand by you in court and fight the charges against you. We want to find the best resolution for your case, including the reduction or dismissal of your criminal charges.
We have helped clients throughout New Jersey, including residents accused of drug crimes in Union County and Middlesex County. Call one of our offices located in Iselin and New Brunswick, or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with an experienced drug charge lawyer now.