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Judges and prosecutors take drug charges extremely seriously in New Jersey. Illegal drug use is not only a problem in and of itself, but it is recognized as a factor that contributes to the prevalence of additional criminal offenses. Because of these factors, drug charges are routinely prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law in New Jersey.
At Team Law, our defense lawyers know that the stakes are high when you are facing drug charges. You need the best possible lawyer by your side—a lawyer with both experience and resources, and who takes your case seriously. With over 60 years’ experience, we have helped hundreds of clients in similar situations fight the charges against them.
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Our experienced drug charge defense lawyers personally handle your case and provide the skilled, comprehensive legal guidance you need to get the best outcome possible. Because of our extensive experience both in and out of the courtroom and reputation for providing exceptional legal representation, you can rest assured that you will receive the highest possible legal representation with Team Law.
Contact our office today to speak with an experienced New Jersey drug charge defense lawyer and learn more about how we can build an aggressive defense to your charges.
While it is illegal to possess, distribute, manufacture or possess with intent to distribute any type of controlled substance, the severity of the crime depends upon a number of factors, including:
Controlled substances are classified according to schedule in New Jersey, based upon the accepted medical uses and potential for addition posed by the drug. Weight is also important to the type of drug charge you will face.
For example, if you are charged with possessing 50 grams or less of marijuana, you can be charged with a disorderly persons offense (misdemeanor), meaning you could face up to 6 months in jail. On the other hand, possessing more than 50 grams of the same drug is a fourth-degree felony offense, carrying up to 18 months in prison.
Examples of the types of drug charge cases we handle include:
Even prescription drug possession can turn into a criminal matter if the drugs were not validly prescribed. At Team Law, we defend clients accused of committing crimes involving drugs such as:
Regardless of the type of drug involved, our experienced defense lawyers at Team Law will work to build the strongest possible defense. Our primary goal is a not guilty verdict. We explore every available legal option given the facts of your case to build a strategy tailored to your situation. To learn more about possible defense options in your case, contact our office today.
At Team Law, our skilled defense lawyers will carefully evaluate the facts of your case and work to build the strongest possible defense. We approach every case with fresh eyes so that your defense will be tailored to your circumstances and what is in your best interests. Possible defense strategies may include:
Police officers are required to follow detailed protocol in order to ensure that your constitutional rights are protected. Any errors in the process can result in evidence being excluded from your case. In some cases, successfully excluding evidence can result in your charges being dropped.
Diversionary programs, including pre-trial intervention and conditional discharge, may also be an option for first-time offenders. For relatively minor drug offenses, the N.J.S.A. 2C: 36A-1 conditional discharge program allows admitted applicants to serve probation (usually between six months and one year) rather than going to jail.
The N.J.S.A. 2C: 43-12 pre-trial intervention program similarly provides for a type of probation (usually lasting one to three years). After successful completion of either program and the judge’s conditions (for example, successful completion of drug or alcohol treatment), the charges can be dropped and eventually expunged from your record.
Having a skilled lawyer by your side can help you put your mistakes in the past. At Team Law, we believe every client deserves the strongest possible defense—and we work tirelessly to make sure your rights are protected. If you are facing drug charges in New Jersey, call our office today to speak with an experienced drug charge defense lawyer.
Whether jail time will be ordered depends upon the facts and circumstances surrounding the offense. For relatively minor drug charges, most first offenders are not required to serve jail time. More serious offenses typically carry heavier jail sentences. Whether your charges are lower level misdemeanor charges or allege more serious indictable crimes, the skill of your defense lawyer is an important factor in avoiding jail time.
Whether it is advisable to accept a plea bargain depends upon the strength of the prosecution’s case. Sometimes, negotiating a plea bargain so that you face reduced charges is the best available option. Our lawyers use our strong negotiating skills to work behind the scenes and determine whether the prosecution is willing to reduce the charges. In other cases, a plea bargain is less attractive because it requires you to admit guilt. At Team Law, our defense lawyers will work closely with you to make sure you understand all of the options in your case and their potential consequences before accepting any type of plea.
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