If you face drug possession charges in New Jersey, you could find yourself serving prison time in some cases and may face fines and other penalties. You may require assistance from an attorney to evaluate your case, organize any appropriate evidence and present a valid defense.
The Penalties for Drug Possession in New Jersey
Penalties that come with a drug possession conviction in New Jersey are no small matter. Of course, the weight and duration of penalties depend on the type of substance, as well as the amount, but all can be detrimental to your future. At a minimum, if convicted, all drug offenses carry a mandatory license suspension in NJ.
New Jersey classifies drugs under specific schedules, and the penalties for each can include the following:
- For Schedule V drugs, which are classified as those with the least potential for abuse, penalties could include up to a $15,000 fine, as well as 18 months in prison;
- For Schedule IV, III, II and I drugs, a fine of $35,000 may be imposed, as well as a prison sentence of three to five years.
These penalty amounts only include possession of the drug itself. Fine amounts and time in prison can increase greatly, depending on the amount of the drug in question. Prosecution may attempt to include drug distribution charges as well, which can carry added penalties.
Further, possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana is a charge of disorderly person. Those convicted may face up to six months in prison and up to $1,000 in fines. Possession of marijuana in an amount greater than 50 grams is punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a $25,000 fine.
What a Defense Attorney Can Do For You
A criminal defense attorney can advocate on your behalf by presenting valid evidence that you are not guilty of the crime or that the prosecutors’ evidence against you is invalid. Depending on the details of your case, some possible defense strategies include:
- highlighting that the drugs were discovered as a result of illegal search and seizure that violated your Fourth Amendment rights, thereby making them ineligible as evidence; or
- proving that the drugs in question were not actually in your possession at the time of the arrest.
These are only a couple of the defense tactics that a lawyer may employ within your drug possession case. And, depending on the specifics of your situation, we can help formulate a defense strategy personalized exactly to your needs and the circumstances of your case.
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Contact a Drug Possession Attorney Today
If you currently face drug possession charges in New Jersey, you should seek the help of a legal professional who will protect your rights and help you navigate the legal process. The criminal defense attorneys at Dash Farrow LLP have handled drug possession cases throughout New Jersey and are equipped to provide you with a defense for your case. Call us today at 856-235-8300.