Possession with intent to distribute drugs is a serious matter in the state of New Jersey. The law is set up to be relatively unrelenting if you are convicted of selling or distributing any form of controlled dangerous substance (“CDS”). Mandatory jail terms are commonplace throughout the criminal code when it comes to distribution, especially when it is in a school zone or within 500 feet of a public park. In addition to the hurdles presented by the law, many county prosecutors have guidelines designed to preclude manufacturers or distributors from getting Pretrial Intervention. The risks involved in these types of cases are clearly high so it is of paramount importance that you have the benefit of knowledge counsel. The attorneys at this firm have been fighting complex distribution cases for decades, including those as serious as leader of a narcotic trafficking network charges. To speak to an experienced NJ Defense Lawyer, may be even one of the former prosecutors on staff, call us at 877-450-8301.
Experienced New Jersey Drug Distribution Attorneys
Most arrests for selling drugs and CDS made in accordance with N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5. This law renders it a felony crime of the first, second, or third degree crime to possess CDS with intent to distribute. The only exception to this grading is where conduct involves less than one ounce of marijuana, in which event the crime distributing or selling is a fourth degree. Most other drugs will give rise to a third degree distribution charge where the quantity is less than one-half ounce, second degree where the weight is at least .5 ounces but less than five (5), and a first degree for anything above this threshold. The maximum fine is $10,000, $15,000, $150,000 and $200,000 for each of these degrees of intent to distribute offense. The potential prison terms carry similar escalation with 18 months, 5 years, 10 years and 20 years, respectively. These penalties can clearly have a disastrous effect on your life so it is important that you contact us as early in the criminal process as possible. We can often head off an escalation of distribution charges so that prison or other serious penalties can be negated.
Contact A Lawyer Skilled In Intent To Distribute Defense
Jonathan F. Marshall and several other members of the firm are former prosecutors. At least three (3) also possess over twenty (20) years handling drug cases like yours. We will take the time to thoroughly analyze the facts of your case, explore each and every potential defense, and do whatever is possible to get you the best result possible. Many times this will be achieved through aggressive attack and others using our knowledge and negotiations skills. Irrespective, when you hire our firm you know you are going to be represented by attorneys that know their craft and, contrary to what is often found on the internet, actually possess many years of criminal experience. When you are facing a charge for distributing drugs, it is foolish to think that anyone is going to voluntarily cut you any breaks. History has taught us that the compromises come from hard work on behalf of our clients and the respect that we have gained over years in practice. We invite you to contact our firm to explore what can be accomplished through our law office.