Freehold New Jersey Drug Defense Attorneys
Drug Charges Require Aggressive Legal Representation
Drug charges carry consequences that go far beyond one’s criminal record. Drug charges may cause someone to lose his job. Drug charges may destroy relationships with loved ones. Drug charges may cause someone to forever be labeled as an addict, even if the drug charges were without merit. At Lomurro Law, our Freehold, New Jersey, criminal defense attorneys handle all types of drug charges, ranging from misdemeanors to felonies. Due to our broad experience, both inside and outside of the courtroom, you receive strong legal representation of the highest quality.
New Jersey Drug Laws And Penalties
New Jersey’s drug laws carry strong penalties against those convicted of possessing, manufacturing, distributing, or intending to distribute drugs. These laws vary depending on the type of the drug and the amount of the drug in the defendant’s possession.
Possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana may result in a disorderly person’s charge. This charge carries up to 6 months in prison, a $1,000 fine, and even a loss of one’s driver’s license. Drug rehabilitation may be ordered as well.
Learn more about marijuana penalties.
Heroin, Cocaine And Methamphetamine
- Possession of illegal narcotics, such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin, may result in a prison sentence of 3 to 5 years. In addition, a fine of between $1,000 to $25,000 may be ordered. The defendant’s driver’s license may be revoked and drug education and rehabilitation may also be ordered.
- Distribution of heroin or cocaine sentences vary depending on the amount of the drug that is found on the defendant. Possessing less than half an ounce may result in 3 to 5 years in prison and up to a $75,000 fine. Possessing more than 5 ounces may result in a prison sentence of up to 20 years. The defendant may be fined up to $500,000.
- Possession of less than half an ounce of methamphetamine may result in 5 years in prison and $75,000 in fines. Possession of more than 5 ounces may result in 20 years in prison and $300,000 in fines.
Of course, there are dozens of other drugs that may result in criminal charges.
Defenses To Drug Charges
In some cases, there are valid defenses to drug charges. For example, did law enforcement commit an unlawful search and seizure? Did they have probable cause or a warrant to conduct their search? Was the search properly carried out? If the search and seizure was invalid, any evidence – including drugs – is tainted and cannot be used against the defendant.
Sometimes, individuals are arrested for simply being with others who have drugs on them. If it is determined that the drugs belong to someone else, drug charges should be dismissed.
Contact Our New Jersey Drug Defense Attorneys Today For An Evaluation Of Your Case
At Lomurro Law, our New Jersey criminal defense attorneys carefully study the drug charges filed against you to determine if they are valid and if any constitutional rights were violated. To schedule a consultation to discuss your charges, call 732-482-9285 or contact us online. Don’t risk your future, contact us today.