Drug Possession Defense Attorney in Glen Rock, NJ
Whether you were charged with the possession of drug paraphernalia or the possession of heroin, you need a trusted New Jersey drug crime lawyer who is ready to wage an uncompromising and aggressive defense on your behalf. We handle all types of drug possession cases and fight, tooth-and-nail, to protect our clients’ rights. We will begin working on your case the minute you ask for our help. Mounting a strong legal defense means investigating the circumstances of your case both swiftly and thoroughly, so you must pick a firm you can trust with your future. When you hire The Law Office of Carl Spector, we immediately gather and preserve crucial physical evidence. We will also promptly interview crucial witnesses to ensure all details of the incident are sufficiently accounted for. If you have been charged with a drug possession or distribution offense in the state of New Jersey, you can count on The Law Office of Carl Spector to fight to protect you from an uncertain future. Contact our office today to discuss your case.
Drug Possession Laws in New Jersey
In New Jersey, it is unlawful 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.” At The Law Office of Carl Spector, we regularly represent clients in New Jersey charged with drug-related offenses such as:
- Marijuana: Possession of fewer than 50 grams of marijuana is a disorderly person crime, and a conviction could result in up to 6 months of incarceration 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.
Drug Court in New Jersey
The state of New Jersey offers an option that may allow an alternative to jail for drug offenders who struggle with substance abuse issues. This program is known as drug court and it aims to help people overcome their drug and alcohol addictions while serving probation. It is important to note that not everyone is eligible for drug court. If you are above the age of 18, legitimately suffer from substance abuse issues, and are facing charges for a non-violent crime, your attorney may be able to advocate on your behalf to participate in drug court instead of serving time behind bars. Once you have been accepted into drug court, you may be subject to regular meetings with your probation officer, regular drug testing, residential programs, community service, outpatient programs, and more. It is also important to be aware that if you violate any of the terms of your drug court program, you may be subject to jail time. However, if you are successful in the completion of your program, your probationary period may be complete and the threat of jail time is over.
Defending Your Future
When defending drug cases, attorneys must interview all material witnesses and be well-versed in Constitutional 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 simply to make an arrest. Fortunately, an experienced criminal defense attorney can effectively identify law enforcement overreach and error. At our office, we meticulously examine every aspect of your case to 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 an individual of their Miranda rights. The bottom line is, if you need an attorney who is ready to closely review every aspect of your case to achieve the most favorable outcome possible, The Law Office of Carl Spector is the firm for you.
Contact a Bergen County Drug Defense Attorney
The Law Office of Carl Spector has proudly served clients in Bergen County and throughout the state for over 30 years when they are facing criminal charges. 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 avoid criminal records. Contact our office today so we can get started working on your case immediately.