Hackensack NJ Drug Possession & Distribution Lawyers

iStock_000027458300SmallAn individual charged with either Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance or Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with the Intent to Distribute will be facing severe penalties, including lengthy State Prison sentences and high fines.  The applicable penalties in New Jersey for drug charges can vary drastically depending on not only the type of drug possessed but also the quantity and location in which it was seized from. The potential jail exposure to can range anywhere from six (6) months in the Bergen County Jail for possessing under 50 grams of marijuana to life in prison for being the leader of a drug trafficking network.  In addition, the length of the potential incarceration period one may be subjected to if they are caught either possessing or distributing a controlled dangerous substance will depend primarily on the type of drug in question whether it be marijuana, synthetic marijuana, molly, ecstasy, heroin, cocaine, prescription drugs or anabolic steroids. Drug cases are very fact sensitive matters, they can often hinge upon the lawfulness of a search.  A successful suppression hearing could lead to the dismissal of the pending charges against you. So as you can tell, hiring the right Bergen County criminal defense attorney can make a tremendous difference. 

The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall has eight criminal defense attorneys on staff, including four former prosecutors. Further, we have over 100 years of combined experience on staff, including over twenty-five years of prosecuting experience. We have been successfully defending individuals charged with drug crimes in Bergen County in towns like Saddle Brook, River Vale, Fair Lawn, Fort Lee, Bogota, Mahwah, Elmwood Park, Englewood, Tenafly and Ramsey for over fifteen years.  If you would like to come into our office to have a one on one consultation with Mr. Oliver or any one of the other eight criminal defense attorneys on staff please contact us directly at 201.429.9783. We fully understand that being charged with a criminal offense let alone a felony level drug offense can be extremely stressful, therefore, we are available 24/7 to help assist in any way possible. Listed below are some of the more frequent drug charges issued by the Bergen County Prosecutors Office.

Common Drug Charges:  N.J.S.A. 2C:35

        1. Drug Possession
        2. Drug Distributing 
        3. Marijuana Charges 
        4. Possession of Synthetic Marijuana / Synthetic Cannabinoids
        5. Possession with intent to distribute Synthetic Marijuana / Synthetic Cannabinoids
        6. Cocaine Offenses 
        7. Heroin Charges
        8. Methamphetamine Charges
        9. Prescription Drugs
        10.  Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
        11.  Conditional Discharge
        12.  Pretrial Intervention
        13.  Steroids
        14.  Drug Court
        15.  Possession with intent to distribute in a School Zone
        16.  Possession with intent to distribute in a Park
        17.  Leader of a Narcotic Trafficking Network

Drug Possession Charges in Bergen County NJ?

In addition to potential State Prison time one faces if convicted of any of the aforementioned crimes, the ramifications for having a criminal record can be devastating as well. A criminal record can affect a person’s admission into college, potential job opportunities, professional licenses etc., therefore, it is imperative to speak to a experienced Bergen County criminal trial attorney about your case immediately. In addition, there are several diversionary programs available for individuals charged with either possession or possession with intent in Bergen County. These programs are Pre-Trial Intervention, Conditional Discharge and Drug Court. If any of these programs are applicable, it will afford the defendant the opportunity to bypass the traditional prosecution of your case and avoid all potential incarceration and even a criminal records in some instances. Lastly, anyone convicted of a drug offense in New Jersey will be subject to at least a six (6) month loss of their driving privileges regardless of they were operating a motor vehicle at the time of the incident. That potential suspension would be in addition to any suspension imposed pursuant to N.J.S.A. 39:4-97.2 (Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Motor Vehicle) which mandates a mandatory two (2) year loss of driving privileges if convicted.  

Heroin Possession Lawyers in Paramus NJ

If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug offense in Bergen County New Jersey it is imperative for you to speak to an experienced criminal trial lawyer about your options. As stated earlier, these type of cases often involve a potential search issue and if those issues exist and are exploited properly, it will make the difference between a dismissal and conviction.  Please feel free to contact any one of our Bergen County offices for a free consultation about your pending charges with any one of our eight criminal defense attorneys. Our office serves all of Bergen County including towns like Mahwah, Ramsey, East Rutherford, Fair Lawn, Paramus, Fort Lee, River Edge, Edgewater and New Milford. As stated earlier, we understand that these can be extremely nerve racking times as such we are available at 201.429.9783 at any time.