Selling, Distributing or Possession With Intent to Distribute in Edison
Few charges that one can face in Edison Township have the potential to open you up to as much criminal liability as a drug distribution charge. Whether you have been arrested for selling heroin, cocaine, marijuana, MDMA (Molly/Ecstasy), Methamphetamine, LSD, or any other drug that is listed as a Controlled Dangerous Substance in Schedules I, II, III, IV, or V, hiring experienced counsel isn’t an option, it’s an absolute must. Apart from the potentially lengthy periods of incarceration and the heavy fines that the governing statute imposes on the distribution of controlled dangerous substances in our State, the State has also imposed a high bar for the removal (i.e. expungement) of drug distribution charges from criminal records.
A conviction for the distribution or possession of CDS with intent to distribute has a extremely high probability of following you around for the rest of your life if you are convicted. Here at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, we can put one of the largest criminal defense firms in this State to work for you. With over 100 years of collective experience fighting charges in New Brunswick at the Middlesex County Superior Court and a number of former prosecutors well-versed in the ins and outs of all potential drug charges, we know we have the experience and knowledge to insure that the best available result is reached in your case.
Edison NJ CDS Distribution Charges
Under NJSA 2C:35-5 a person commits a drug distribution offense in this state where they manufacture, distribute, dispense, or possess with intent to distribute any controlled dangerous substance. The gradations of the offense that one commits varies drastically depending upon the substance in question and the quantity of that substance found to have been manufactured, distributed, dispensed, or possessed with intent to distribute at the time that the arrest is made. An experienced attorney will know the ins and outs of what drug and quantity correlates to what degree offense, but roughly speaking a drug distribution charge can be anywhere from a first degree felony offense down to a fourth degree felony offense. It is of note, however, that only the distribution of less than one ounce of marijuana qualifies for the fourth degree felony offense. Therefore, the vast majority of drug distribution cases that our Edison Township CDS firm handles fall within the range of a first, second, or third degree offense.
Penalties for Distributing Drugs in Edison Township
The grade of a distribution charge is extremely important has it is the largest factor in terms of what you face in potential penalties. The state punishes first degree felony offenses very severely. A first degree offense can lead to incarceration for between 10 and 20 years. In addition, while a normal statutory fine under NJSA 2C:43-3 associated with a first degree offense is $200,000, for some drug distribution charges this fine is greatly increased up to potentially $500,000. A second degree offense can open you up to between 5 and 10 years of imprisonment, as well as fines ranging as high as $150,000. A third degree offense can lead to incarceration for between 3 and 5 years, as well as fines, once again deviating from normal statutory fines, of up to $75,000. Lastly, the fourth degree offense can lead to incarceration for up to 18 months with a corresponding fine of up to $10,000.
It is worth noting that in addition to these heavy fines and potentially lengthy periods of incarceration, a person found guilty of a drug distribution charge will also be subject to a loss of their driver’s license for between 6 and 24 months depending upon the severity of the charge. It is also worth noting that if an aggravating factor accompanies this drug distribution charge, such as the distribution occurred in or near a school zone (2C:35-7) or in or near a public park (2C:35-7.1), the imposition of a mandatory minimum term of incarceration is mandated by law. This means that notwithstanding whatever sentence is imposed at trial, you will have to serve a specified amount of it before becoming eligible for parole.
Edison NJ Drug Distribution Lawyer
As you can see, there are a slew of potential hurdles that are posed to someone arrested and/or charged with selling CDS. The key in dealing with these obstacles is to hire someone skilled in the defense of Middlesex County Superior Court drug distribution cases. Our firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, is blessed with several former prosecutors and a defense team with decades of experience effectively defending both basic and complex CDS violations. To discuss your case in detail with a lawyer at the firm, call us for a free consultation anytime 24/7.