NJ Drug Crimes Defense Attorney
Police officers and prosecutors strictly enforce the already stringent drug laws in New Jersey. The large majority of drug offenses are considered to be indictable crimes, which is the NJ equivalent of a felony. If you are convicted of a drug crime, you can face a lengthy jail sentence, extensive fines worth thousands of dollars, and many other serious consequences. Because of the harsh penalties set out for drug offenses, anyone suspected of or charged with any type of drug-related crime should discuss their case with a highly experienced NJ criminal defense attorney immediately.
Attorney Kurt Resch has been helping individuals facing severe drug charges for 35 years and has a thorough understanding of New Jersey drug laws. You can rely on our office to find any way possible to defend against your charges and protect your rights.
Drug Offenses in NJ
Many different substances are considered to be controlled dangerous substances (CDS) in New Jersey, including cocaine, heroin, marijuana, ecstasy/MDMA (also known as Molly), steroids, opioids, and a wide variety of prescription drugs. Unless you have a valid prescription for a certain CDS, it is against the law to possess even the smallest amount of any of these drugs.
In addition to drug possession, you can find yourself facing serious charges for any of the following:
- Possession with the intent to distribute drugs
- Drug manufacture
- Paraphernalia possession
- Prescription drug fraud or forgery
- Drug sales and trafficking
All of the above can have serious penalties and each drug charge requires a unique defense approach based on the allegations against you.
Penalties for Drug Possession
If you are caught in possession of a small amount of a CDS that you only intended for personal use, you may not think it is a big deal. However, in most cases, simple possession can result in severe penalties. The specific penalties that may be possible in your case depend on several factors including the type of drug you possessed and the amount of drugs you possessed.
For example, possession of a small amount of marijuana is a disorderly persons offense, which is similar to a misdemeanor. However, possessing any amount of almost any other type of drug can result in charges of an indictable crime (felony). If you are accused of possessing even the slightest amount of cocaine, you could face the following potential consequences:
- Imprisonment up to five years
- Maximum fine of $35,000
- Felony conviction on your permanent record
The above penalties can be even more serious if certain factors existed, such as you possessed drugs in a school zone or you have received prior drug convictions. In addition, the consequences for charges involving distribution, sales, or trafficking can be significantly more severe.
NJ Legal Representation
Because of the severe penalties possible in a drug case, it is imperative to have a NJ drug crimes defense attorney helping you who knows how to build an effective defense in your specific case. Attorney Kurt Resch can assist you in many different ways, including identifying any potential legal defenses that can help your case. Some defenses that are commonly raised in NJ drug cases include:
- The substance that authorities believed was a drug was not actually a CDS
- You were not aware of the presence of the drugs and did not constructively or actually possess them
- Even if you did possess a CDS, you had no intention of distributing the drugs to others
- The drugs were discovered via an unlawful search that went against your 4th Amendment rights
Legal defenses can help to have important evidence against you kept out of court and can lead to your charges being dismissed. In addition, our office can evaluate other ways to reduce the consequences you face, including the following:
- Negotiating with prosecutors to obtain a plea bargain with significantly reduced charges or lesser penalties
- Evaluating whether you qualify for diversionary programs such as conditional discharge or pre-trial intervention
For more information about how we can help with your defense, call our office as soon as possible.
If you are facing any type of drug charge, you should ensure that you have the best possible defense to protect your rights, your finances, and your freedom. At the Law Offices of Kurt M. Resch, P.C., we have been providing the highest quality of defense representation in drug cases in Bergen County, Hudson County, and Passaic County for over three decades and can help you achieve the best result possible in your case. Please call us today at 201-488-5454 for help.