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Arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance?
If you have been accused of possessing a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), you need a criminal defense attorney with experience defending drug cases. At James Porfido, Attorney at Law, our Morristown drug possession attorney has handled hundreds of cases, and has the experience necessary to help you fight your charges.
What Is Considered Drug Possession?
In New Jersey, you can be charged with drug possession even if you did not know that drugs were in your possession. You do not have to be the owner of the drugs to be charged with possession.
Possession charges can include the following:
- Possession of a controlled dangerous substance
- Possession with the intent to distribute
- Possession with the intent to sell
If you have been charged with drug possession, it is important to contact a lawyer immediately. The sooner your attorney has started working on your case, the better your chances of avoiding conviction.
Are you facing drug possession charges in New Jersey? Call James Porfido, Attorney at Law today at (973) 370-9788 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our drug possession attorney in Morristown!
How Does the Prosecutor Prove Possession?
In New Jersey, you can be charged with possession even if you did not know that drugs were in your possession. You do not have to be the owner of the drugs to be charged with possession.
To convict you of drug possession, the prosecutor must prove the following elements:
The prosecutor will try to prove that you knew drugs were in your possession. If you were arrested for possessing a bag, box, or vehicle containing drugs, the prosecutor would try to prove that you knew the drugs were in the item.
The prosecutor may try to show that you were in control of the drugs. If the drugs were in your pocket, purse, or vehicle, the prosecutor would try to prove that you were in control of the drugs.
If the drugs were in your home, the prosecutor might try to show that you controlled the drugs even if you did not know they were there. The prosecutor may try to show that you were careless in storing the drugs or that you were a dealer who kept drugs on hand.
What Penalties Do I Face for Drug Possession in New Jersey?
New Jersey law defines the penalties for drug possession based on the quantity and type of drugs involved. Possession of small amounts of marijuana will result in a disorderly person's offense, while possession of larger amounts will result in a fourth-degree crime.
Other drugs, including opiates, cocaine, and methamphetamine, are considered more dangerous and will result in a fourth-degree crime for possessing small amounts and a third-degree crime for possessing larger amounts.
Misdemeanor penalties include:
- Up to 18 months in prison
- Up to $10,000 in fines
- Community service
Felony penalties include:
- Up to 5 years in prison
- Up to $35,000 in fines
- Community service
Felonies are more serious than misdemeanors, and the penalties are more severe. The type of felony will determine the kind of prison time and fines involved.
Contact Our Morristown Drug Possession Attorney Today
If you have been arrested for drug possession, you need a criminal defense attorney with experience defending drug cases. At James Porfido, Attorney at Law, we prioritize our clients' well-being and make sure they understand their options. Our team will work tirelessly to create a strong defense and to advocate for the best possible outcome.
Contact James Porfido, Attorney at Law, today to schedule a consultation with our drug possession lawyer in Morristown!
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