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New Jersey courts take a twofold approach to opioid charges. While the penalties that apply in cases involving opioid cases can be harsh, courts also have the authority to focus on treating opiate addiction—especially for first-time offenders. That being said, judges aren’t required to offer rehabilitative options. You need an experienced lawyer in your corner to fight for you.
At Team Law, we have experience helping people in your position avoid the harsh penalties associated with opioid charges in New Jersey. We work to defend your rights and build a persuasive, strong defense strategy to fight the charges. Our lawyers take a multi-faceted approach—meaning that we both challenge every aspect of the prosecution’s case while laying out a strong case in favor of rehabilitation.
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If you’re facing opioid charges, you have options. Our defense lawyers are here to make sure you understand every available choice. In some cases, a diversionary program might offer an alternative to conviction if you are a first offender.
It’s important to take action quickly if you have been arrested on opioid charges. At Team Law, we are always available to talk about your case and help you understand your legal rights. Your initial consultation with our opioid charge defense lawyers is free, so call today to speak with a lawyer you can trust.
Opioids are a type of prescription medication. Heroin is a type of opioid, but, as a Schedule I drug, is treated differently than most opioids. Opioids are Schedule II controlled dangerous substances (CDS) because they do have a valid medical purpose—treating severe pain.
Examples of drugs that are classified as opioids include:
These drugs can be effective in treating serious pain, but they are also highly addictive. Serious criminal penalties attach to illegal possession, use or distribution of opioids because of their high potential for abuse.
Conviction on opioid charges can lead to prison time, significant financial fines and a permanent criminal record. Drug rehabilitation and counseling may also be a part of the punishment.
Potential penalties for opioid charges depend upon the quantity of drugs in your possession and the type of action alleged. Examples of opioid charges you might face in New Jersey include:
At Team Law, we put in the hard work necessary to build a solid defense strategy based on evidence, facts and your individual circumstances. Elements of your defense strategy might include:
We can also help you explore whether you are eligible to participate in a diversionary program. These are New Jersey programs that “divert” certain first-time offenders from the justice system and into a form of supervised probation. Depending upon the circumstances, you may be eligible to participate in:
These programs are available to first offenders accused of non-violent, relatively low-level crimes. If you successfully complete the program, the charges against you will be dropped and we can petition to have your arrest expunged.
The opioid epidemic has already taken countless lives in the United States. New Jersey courts do not look lightly on opioid charges. If you are arrested for possession or distribution of opioids, or obtaining opioids illegally, you need an experienced lawyer who will fight to safeguard your rights.
At Team Law, our lawyers have over 60 years’ experience and a proven track record of successfully advocating for our clients. Call or contact us today to schedule your free and confidential initial consultation with an experienced New Jersey defense lawyer for opioid charges.
A diversion program can help you avoid conviction even if the prosecution has a strong case against you. That said, entering a diversionary program requires that you admit guilt. If you fail to satisfy the terms of the program, you have already admitted guilt and can be convicted on the charges. The terms of the program can be extensive, and usually include drug counseling, rehab, drug screening, community service and more.
It depends upon your prior criminal history. In most cases, an opioid-related conviction can be expunged after a certain amount of time has passed. However, if you have multiple felony convictions, you may not be able to expunge them all. A recent law passed in New Jersey provides that expungement will be possible after ten years have passed since you completed your punishment regardless of your prior criminal history. Because these laws have been changed several times in the past few years, it is important to consult with a defense lawyer to explore options based on your individual circumstances.
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