Drug Possession Charges Lawyer In Parsippany, NJ
North Jersey Drug Crimes Defense Attorney Advocating For Your Rights In Morris County & Throughout New Jersey
Drug possession and distribution charges are challenging. A lot rests on the interpretation and definition of certain words. What is “intent”? What is “distribution”? When is a search “justified”? What is “intentional”? What is “constructive possession”? A lot can ride on seemingly minor differences of interpretation.
A Certified New Jersey Criminal Lawyer On Your Side
As a former prosecutor, Attorney James M. Porfido brings a nuanced understanding of state and federal drug laws. As a criminal trial lawyer certified by the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey, Mr. Porfido is an advocate with extensive experience and a commitment to his clients. Moreover, his knowledge of both sides of drug cases puts him in a strong position to secure the best outcome possible for clients facing drug possession or drug distribution charges.
Drug Possession Penalties In New Jersey
Penalties for drug possession of marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine, heroin, and other controlled substances range from the loss of your driver’s license to many years in prison and substantial fines, depending on the type and amount of the drug. The less addictive the drug, the lower the penalty. The prosecution may also try to bring additional charges such as intent to distribute, making the possible consequences even greater for your drug possession arrest.
Penalties For Drug Distribution And Sale In New Jersey
If you are found in possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) and police believe you intended to sell or distribute the drug, you could face significant penalties. Sentences for a drug distribution or drug trafficking conviction can be as harsh as 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine, depending on the type of drug and the amount. The sentences for distribution or intent to distribute increase the charges include distribution or intent to distribute in a school zone or near a school bus, public library or other public building, public housing, or park. Distribution to children under 18 also commands additional penalties.
How James Porfido Defends Clients Against Drug Possession And Distribution Charges
Although every case is different, and James M. Porfido’s strategy differs depending on the circumstances, clients facing drug charges can expect their lawyer to:
- Question the legality of the search and seizure.
- Question the probable cause of any traffic stop.
- Question the execution of the search warrant.
- Determine whether the charges are consistent with the circumstances. For example, if the only items found during a search were drug paraphernalia, should you really be charged with distribution?
- Determine whether the officer found drugs while looking for something else, such as a weapon.
- Determine whether the drugs were really yours or under your control. For example, were you holding them for someone or were you in someone else’s vehicle when it was searched?
Depending on what can be determined when questioning all aspects of your arrest and charge, our attorney may be able to get the charges reduced or dismissed or obtain less harsh penalties.
Contact Our Morristown Drug Charges Defense Attorney
At our Morristown, New Jersey law firm, Attorney James M. Porfido will mount a vigorous defense against drug possession and drug distribution charges. We work hard to get the best possible result for clients under the circumstances. To learn how we can help you fight drug possession and drug sale or distribution charges, please call us or use our online form.