New Jersey Drug Crime Lawyer
Providing Strong Defense Against Drug Possession & Trafficking
New Jersey’s drug charges are no joke. A drug crime conviction can absolutely ruin a person’s personal and professional life. A drug crime conviction can result in jail time, steep fines, and leave a gaping blemish on your permanent criminal record that will follow you everywhere you go. Not only can it affect your future educational goals and employment prospects, but if the conviction is a felony, it can also preclude you from basic rights such as gun ownership and the right to vote.
Our office is here to defend you and fight for you. We represent people charged with drug offenses, whether they be paraphernalia, possession, or distribution charges, such as manufacturing, selling or delivering. We understand the fear, stress and anxiety you feel when you are arrested for a drug crime. Carl Spector is an aggressive full-time New Jersey drug crime lawyer who have been working to boldly defend people in your exact situation for years and years. We have an excellent track record of fighting fearlessly for our clients, and have a reputation for handling the most difficult of cases.
New Jersey Drug Possession Charges
Regardless if you were charged with possession of paraphernalia or possession of heroin, you need a trusted and experienced New Jersey drug crime lawyer to wage an uncompromising and aggressive defense on your case. We handle all types of drug possession cases and fight tooth and nail to protect our client’s rights. Our representation begins the minute you retain our services. Mounting a strong defense means swiftly investigating the case as early as possible. All too often delays cause pieces of physical evidence to get lost or disappear; and as time elapses, witnesses’ memories fade or they become forgetful about key facts. When you hire us, we immediately begin gathering and preserving crucial physical evidence and interviewing critical witnesses to ensure that nothing is lost or forgotten.
New Jersey’s drug possession laws make it unlawful for a person to “knowingly or purposely obtain or possess” controlled dangerous substances, unless the substance was “obtained directly, or pursuant to a valid prescription or order form from a practitioner, while acting in the course of his professional practice.” We regularly represent clients in New Jersey charged with drug possession charges including:
- Marijuana: Possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana is a disorderly person crime and a conviction could result in up to 6 months of jail time and up to $1,000 in fines. If charged with possessing more than 50 grams, the crime becomes a 4th degree criminal charge and a conviction may result in up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.
- Drug Paraphernalia: Possession of drug paraphernalia is a disorderly person crime and a conviction could result in up to 6 months of jail time and up to $1,000 in fines.
- Prescription Drugs: Possession of prescription drugs, also known as unauthorized controlled dangerous substances, is a 3rd degree crime and a conviction can result in a prison sentence of 3 to 5 years and a fine of up to $35,000.
- Methamphetamines: Possession of methamphetamines is a 3rd degree crime and a conviction can result in a prison sentence of 3 to 5 years and a fine of up to $35,000.
- Cocaine: Possession of cocaine is a 3rd degree crime and a conviction can result in a prison sentence of 3 to 5 years and a fine of up to $35,000.
- Heroin: Possession of heroin is a 3rd degree crime and a conviction can result in a prison sentence of 3 to 5 years and a fine of up to $35,000.
New Jersey Drug Distribution Charges
As harsh as New Jersey’s drug possession laws are, the State treats drug distribution charges even harsher. Our office is well versed in handling New Jersey distribution cases when a person is accused of manufacturing, selling or distributing a controlled substance. We put forth a ruthless and unmitigated defense and push cases all the way to trial, when necessary, to protect a client’s rights and ensure their freedoms. We understand how stressful the process can be so we promptly return all client phone calls and keep our clients up to speed on the latest developments of every aspect of their case.
New Jersey’s drug distribution laws make it unlawful for a person to “knowingly or purposely manufacture, distribute or dispense or to possess or have under his control with the intent to distribute or dispense” a controlled dangerous substance. In addition to controlled dangerous substances, the distribution law also covers counterfeit controlled substances as well. The crime classification for a distribution charge is dependent upon both the type and quantity of the substance. All distribution charges are either 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th degree criminal charges. The sentencing range for a 1st degree crime is 10-20 years in prison; for a 2nd degree crime 5-10 years in prison; for a 3rd degree crime 3-5 years in prison; and for a 4th degree crime up to 18 months in prison. Common distribution charges involve the following:
- Distribution of Marijuana: less than 1 ounce is a 4th degree; 1 ounce to 5 pounds is a 3rd degree; 5 pounds to 25 pounds is a 2nd degree; 25 pounds or 50 or more plants is a 1st
- Distribution of Methamphetamines: less than a half ounce is a 3rd degree; a half an ounce to 5 ounces is a 2nd degree; and 5 ounces or more is a 1st
- Distribution of Cocaine or Heroin: less than a half an ounce is 3rd degree; a half an ounce to 5 ounces is 2nd degree; and 5 ounces or more is 1st
Defending Your Case
When defending a drug case, not only is it essential for the attorney to interview all material witnesses, but it is just as important that your attorney is well-versed and experienced in Constitution law. Both the U.S. and New Jersey Constitutions guarantee individuals certain substantive and procedural safeguards that overly-zealous law enforcement officers and agencies routinely trample upon in order to make an arrest. Effective and aggressive defense lawyering means identifying law enforcement overreaching and error. At our office we meticulously look at every aspect of your case and mount bold constitutional challenges against improper law enforcement conduct that preceded your arrest. We call law enforcement out when they overstep the boundaries of a warrant, conduct improper stops, searches, seizures and detainments, or fail to properly advise one of their Miranda rights. The bottom line is that we pull out all of the stops to protect our clients.
Contact Our Office Today
No matter the nature of your drug charge, we are here to defend you every step of the way. We tirelessly fight to ensure our clients stay out of jail and do not have drug convictions on their criminal records. Call us today for a free consultation so that we can get started working on your case immediately. Our rates are fair and reasonable and when you retain us we go to war for you and leave no stone unturned. Call today and let us protect you!
Learn more about New Jersey drug crimes by selecting one of the following videos:
- Marijuana Possession
- Drug-Related Offenses Involving “Street” Drugs
- New Jersey’s Penalties For Possession Of Drugs
- New Jersey’s Drug Paraphernalia Law
- The Medical Marijuana Statutes In New Jersey
- Different Levels Of Charges For Different Classes Of Drugs
- Are The Police Allowed To Perform A Physical Search?
- Can The Police Force You To Give A Blood Test?