Heroin Charges In Edison NJ
Heroin is definitely an issue that Edison Township faces just like any other community in Middlesex County. Someone was even recently arrested for maintaining and operating a heroin production facility within this “best places to live” municipality. Heroin possession is a relative common occurrence for the approximately 171 members of the Edison Police Department. Heroin addiction crosses all boundaries and has even resulted in the son of the mayor being arrested for possessing nearly 200 folds. The point is that you are far from alone if you are faced with a possession or distribution of heroin offense. This drug clearly makes up the largest segment of first, second and third degree CDS charges heard in New Brunswick at the Middlesex County Superior Court.
As one of the largest criminal firms in New Jersey, we have occasion to defend a large number of individuals charged with some form of heroin violation. Our team of former prosecutors and attorneys are highly knowledgeable in defense of all heroin violations. To speak to a lawyer immediately, call us at 732-248-7675.
Edison Township Heroin Possession & Distribution
A heroin possession charge falls under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10 unless it involves selling, distributing or possession with intent to distribute. Possession of heroin is common in Edison and so much so that Edison was ranked last year among the “20 Towns With Most Heroin and Opiate Abuse” by the Division of Addiction Services in the New Jersey Department of Human Services. If you were arrested for third degree heroin possession, you face various penalties if convicted of this felony crime. You are subject to a fine of up to $35,000, a six month driver’s license suspension and up to 5 years in state prison. If the violation occurred within 1,000 feet of school property (i.e. in a drug free school zone), you also face at least 100 hours of community service.
When heroin is being sold or distributed, the penalties can often be much more severe under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5. If you distribute or possess heroin with intent to distribute, your exposure is predicated on the quantity of CDS you sold or intended to sell. Distribution of less than .5 ounces of heroin is a third degree crime that carries the same penalties as a possession charge except the potential fine is increased to $75,000. A second degree crime results where the heroin distribution involves at least .5 ounces but less than 5. There is a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a $150,000 fine that applies. A first degree heroin charge results where the quantity distributed is 5 ounces or more. The penalties are extreme for heroin distribution in the first degree with a potential fine of up to $500,000 and up to 20 years in prison. Separate 2C criminal violations also result where heroin is being distributed within a school zone or public park. The primary additional penalty that stems from these offenses is the mandatory period of parole ineligibility that applies under each of the related laws. An individual must serve a period of incarceration within they are ineligible for parole before there can be any consideration for release.
Edison NJ Heroin Attorneys
While our intention is not to cause panic, heroin is definitely a realm of offenses that require representation. Prosecutors recognize just how big an issue this drug poses and are serious about stifling any further growth in possession. If you were arrested for any heroin offense, you absolutely need to consult an attorney and preferably one with experience defending Middlesex County Superior Court charges. This is something that the lawyers at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall can provide to you. To discuss what we can offer, contact us at 732-246-7675.