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Heroin is considered to be one of the most dangerous drugs on the streets today. Unsurprisingly, conviction on heroin charges almost always carries serious jail time and financial penalties. Despite this generalization, every client is different, and every case is unique. A heroin charge is not a conviction and you deserve a strong defense.
At Team Law, our defense lawyers have over more than 60 years’ legal experience. We understand how the criminal justice system works. We know that there are options available if you have been arrested for a heroin offense—and prison is not always inevitable.
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While the New Jersey courts have authority to punish heroin offenses harshly, rehabilitative programs are also available. Our lawyers won’t rest until we have explored every available defense option in your case.
If you are facing heroin charges in New Jersey, don’t make the mistake of putting your trust in an inexperienced lawyer. Our lawyers are skilled at negotiating and advocating to get the best results possible in your case. We offer a free consultation, so call or contact Team Law today to take the first step to protecting your future.
Heroin is a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance (CDS). Schedule I drugs include those that have a high potential for addiction and abuse, and that have no generally accepted medical use.
Like any other drug charge case, the possible penalties for heroin charge conviction vary depending upon what you are accused of doing. Possession of heroin is a third-degree indictable offense (felony) under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a). Punishment on conviction can include:
Third-degree felony charges apply regardless of the amount of heroin in your possession. If the prosecution can prove that you had the heroin and intended to distribute it, even more serious penalties can apply. The prosecution can grade heroin distribution, or intent to distribute heroin, as first, second or third-degree felonies.
The prosecution can infer intent to distribute from the circumstances. If you have an unusually large amount of heroin in your possession, that can provide sufficient evidence to support distribution charges. Distribution charges can also apply if:
Heroin charges involving distribution are even more serious than heroin possession. Second-degree distribution charges carry up to 10 years in state prison, in addition to financial fines and penalties.
Conviction on heroin charges can change your life completely. You need an experienced criminal defense lawyer in your corner to fight to minimize the consequences. At Team Law, we have the experience you need to help you navigate the criminal justice system.
Cases involving heroin charges are rarely cut and dry. Our lawyers never try to use a cookie-cutter defense strategy—and we never try to push our clients to accept a plea deal that isn’t in their best interests. Your defense strategy might include:
In other cases, our lawyers can focus your defense strategy upon the need for rehabilitation.
We know that heroin is highly addictive. We are committed to helping you get whatever help you need—and for most heroin users, prison can only serve to make things worse. A New Jersey diversionary program could help you get back on your feet again through rehab and counseling, rather than punishment.
At Team Law, we have the experience you need to explore every option for successful resolution of your case. We review your case for free, so call us today to learn more.
Every strong defense begins with your first call to an experienced criminal defense lawyer. At Team Law, we know that it can be difficult to ask for help. Our lawyers take nothing at face value. We will listen to your story, and we treat you with compassion and respect. We conduct our own investigation—because relying on the prosecutor’s evidence alone is rarely a good defense strategy.
Call Team Law today to schedule your free case review. You can also contact our experienced defense lawyer team for heroin charges by using our online contact form.
Possession of heroin with intent to distribute is a first, second, or third-degree crime. While mere possession of heroin is a third-degree charge, weight matters when grading distribution charges. Intent to distribute heroin can be graded as:
– Third-degree felony. Third-degree charges apply if the weight of heroin involved was less than one-half ounce.
– Second-degree felony. Second-degree felony charges (and up to 10 years in jail, plus $150,000 in penalties) apply if the weight was between one-half ounce and five ounces.
– First-degree felony. The most serious felony charges apply for intent to distribute five or more ounces of heroin. You could face up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $500,000.
Some first offenders may be able to avoid jail time even if the drug involved is heroin. However, police and prosecutors won’t come forward and offer options to help you avoid jail. You need a lawyer to advocate for application of options like pre-trial intervention, drug court or even a suspended sentence if you are a first-time offender. Our lawyers at Team Law are here to advocate for you, so call us today to learn more.
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