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Defending Against Drug Trafficking & Distribution Charges in New Jersey
If you have been arrested or charged with drug trafficking or distribution in New Jersey, you face some of the harshest penalties in the country. New Jersey is one of the strictest states when it comes to punishing those who are convicted of drug trafficking or distribution. Even simple possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) is a severe offense. In addition to facing criminal penalties, you may also face civil penalties for your actions.
If you are facing drug trafficking or distribution charges, hiring an attorney with experience defending against these types of charges is essential. James Porfido, Attorney at Law, has handled hundreds of cases involving drug trafficking and distribution charges. Our firm has the resources and skills to help you fight charges and protect your rights.
Contact James Porfido, Attorney at Law, today at (973) 370-9788 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our drug trafficking and distribution attorney in Morristown!
What Is Considered Drug Trafficking in New Jersey?
Drug trafficking in New Jersey refers to selling, distributing, transporting, or importing illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine. It involves the intentional movement of drugs across state or national borders or the sale and distribution of large quantities of drugs. The severity of the charge depends on various factors, such as the type and quantity of drug, the location of the offense, and the involvement of minors or violence. Drug trafficking is considered a serious offense in New Jersey and can result in severe legal penalties, including long prison sentences and hefty fines.
How Does New Jersey Define Simple Possession of a CDS?
In New Jersey, simple possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) refers to the unlawful possession of a small amount of drugs for personal use. It is defined as knowingly or intentionally possessing a CDS without a valid prescription or legal authorization. The type and amount of drug possessed can affect the severity of the charge.
What are the Penalties for Simple Possession of Marijuana in New Jersey?
While marijuana is still considered a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance (CDS) in New Jersey, the state has decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. This means that you face much less severe penalties for possession of marijuana than you do for other CDS.
If you are caught with less than 50 grams of marijuana, you face a civil penalty of up to $150. If caught with 50 grams or more of marijuana, you face a civil liability of up to $500.
If you are caught with less than 50 grams of marijuana in a school zone, you face a disorderly person's offense. This means you face up to six months in prison and up to $1,000 in fines. If caught with 50 grams or more of marijuana in a school zone, you face a fourth-degree crime. This is punishable by up to 18 months in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.
Possession of Heroin
Possession of heroin is considered a third-degree offense in New Jersey. This means you face up to five years in prison and up to $35,000 in fines if convicted of heroin possession. If you are caught with heroin in a school zone, you face up to 15 years in prison and up to $75,000 in fines.
Possession of Prescription Pills
Possession of prescription pills is considered a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey. This means you face up to six months in prison and up to $1,000 in fines if convicted of prescription pill possession. If caught with a Schedule II CDS (such as Oxycontin or morphine) in a school zone, you face up to 18 months in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.
Contact Our Morristown Drug Trafficking & Distribution Attorney Today
If you have been arrested for drug trafficking, distribution, or simple possession of a CDS, it is essential to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Our firm has handled hundreds of cases involving drug charges. We have handled cases involving simple possession, trafficking, and distribution. We have worked with clients who have been charged with misdemeanors and felonies. We have the experience to
navigate the complex legal system and build a strong defense for your case.
Contact James Porfido, Attorney at Law, today to discuss your legal options and start protecting your rights and future!
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