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In New Jersey, drug charges are a serious matter – in fact, many drug charges are considered felonies, or indictable offenses, and usually require time in a state penitentiary if convicted. However, some drug charges are not felonies – there are some charges that are disorderly persons offenses (misdemeanors) which call for county jail sentences. An experienced New Jersey Felony Drug Charges Lawyer from Team Law can fight these charges on your behalf and seek reduced charges or outright dismissal (depending on the facts of your case).
The circumstances of your drug charge, meaning the type and quantity of the drug possessed, will determine the court you will attend, degree of the drug charges filed against you, the potential consequences, and the available resolutions depending upon the type and quantity of the drug possessed. The intent with regard to the drug possession is also instrumental in the determination of the degree of drug possession charges brought against you.
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When charged with a felony drug possession, the road ahead may seem daunting and nerve-racking. At Team Law, you are more than just a case to us – you are a person who we treat with compassion and respect. We use our aggressive criminal defense tactics and vast legal experience to build a strong defense and get the best possible result for you. If you or someone you know are facing criminal charges in New Jersey, the attorneys at Team Law are skilled and experienced, and are ready to help. Contact us today to schedule a free and confidential discussion.
Drug crimes fall into two categories: disorderly persons offenses/misdemeanors or indictable/felonies. Disorderly drug offenses are lower-level crimes, where the defendant charged with the crimes will appear in municipal court in the town where the alleged crime occurred. Disorderly drugs offenses include the following:
As mentioned above, these cases will carry out in the local municipal court, unless they are attached to a felony indictable offense.
Drug possession offenses involving even small amounts of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, MDMA, or LSD possessed by anyone in New Jersey are indictable offense/felony crimes. Depending on the amount possessed and the intent regarding the possession, the charge can rise or fall between first through fourth degree crimes. Furthermore, cases involving possession of drugs listed as a controlled dangerous substance are typically indictable offense/felony crimes.
A felony drug crime should be treated with the seriousness it deserves. At Team Law, an experienced New Jersey Felony Drug Charges Lawyer is here to guide you through the legal process, providing legal protection as well as insight into your options moving forward. Our attorneys deploy experience and skills to build a strong defense in your favor. We will fight for your rights and interests, as we seek the best outcome possible. If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug crime or you wish to learn more about this process, contact Team Law for a free and confidential consultation.
In New Jersey, when convicted for a drug-related crime, whether it is an indictable offense/felony crime or a disorderly person/misdemeanor offense, the judge has discretion to send you to jail. The severity of the penalty and length of the jail sentence depends on the degree of the crime charged. Prison/jail terms for indictable offense/felony convictions and disorderly person/misdemeanor conviction are as follows:
— First Degree felony: 10-20 years in state prison
— Second degree felony: 5-10 years in state prison
— Third Degree felony: 3-5 years in state prison
— Fourth degree felony: up to 18 months in state prison
— Disorderly persons offense: up to 6 months in county jail
This does not mean that every drug conviction results in jail time. If it is your first offense, the judge is not required to send you to jail. This also applies to third- and fourth-degree crimes, as well as disorderly persons/misdemeanors. Regarding first- or second-degree crimes, on the other hand, imprisonment is a certainty and the judge must abide by this rule. State prison time is presumed if found guilty of a first- or second-degree crime.
Regardless of the severity of the drug crime you may be facing, it is important to have an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney who can build a strong defense and advise you of your rights and options. Contact Team Law for a free and confidential discussion.
There are several ways to resolve a drug case which do not involve prison time or a criminal record. For first-time offenders, Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) or a conditional discharge may be available. These diversionary programs are available instead of jail time and provide a set of conditions which must be met in a timely manner. If successful, the charges are eventually dismissed, which will be reflected on your record. In Municipal Court, the diversionary program that can resolve a drug case is called conditional discharge and in Superior Court, it is known as Pre-Trial Intervention.
Diversionary programs and alternative options are not available in every drug charge. Additionally, you may be placed on probation if convicted for third- or fourth-degree crimes. There may also be admissibility and evidentiary issues that could potentially result in the dismissal of your case. This is why it is so important to have a full understanding of your rights and options. At Team Law, our criminal defense attorneys are well-versed in all of the nuances and intricacies of drug crimes and the New Jersey criminal justice system. If you are facing a drug-related charge or want to learn more, contact Team Law for a free and confidential discussion.
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