If you are being charged with drug-induced death — providing someone with drugs which resulted in their death — there is no time to lose. You need to contact an aggressive criminal defense lawyer who has significant experience and knowledge of New Jersey’s criminal laws. Drug-induced death is an extremely serious charge that can result in up to 20 years behind bars.
Camden County criminal defense lawyer Jill R. Cohen, Esq., is your best chance at fighting your drug-induced death charges. She is a former Camden County assistant prosecutor. Her knowledge of how prosecutors build their cases, and her 30 years as a criminal lawyer, will be invaluable when fighting your serious criminal charges, including drug-induced death, manslaughter or murder. Ms. Cohen recently received a not guilty verdict in one of these cases and has been asked to talk on the subject in the media.
A death caused by the injection, inhalation or ingestion of drugs can land the drug provider in prison based on New Jersey’s Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death offense. The offense is a first degree felony for any person who illegally manufactures, distributes or dispenses drugs that lead to another person’s death. If a person is convicted of this first degree crime, they face 10 to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison, with up to a $200,000 fine as well.
Facing serious prison time and hefty fines makes the need for an experienced criminal lawyer like Ms. Cohen even more critical.
New Jersey law says that to find a person guilty of drug-induced death, prosecutors must be able to establish a connection between the drug distributor, dispenser or manufacturer and the person who died. To be charged and convicted of Drug-Induced Death (N.J.S.A. 2C:35-9), it’s not necessary for prosecutors to prove the drug provider intended for someone to die. Instead, the State must only prove that the death would not have occurred if drugs were not involved. There are particular defenses to these charges and Ms. Cohen has experience with these cases.
The Drug-Induced Death law applies to methamphetamine, lysergic acid diethylamide, phencyclidine and all controlled dangerous substances (CDS) that are classified as Schedule I or Schedule II narcotics.
It’s important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney fighting for you because even if the person who died contributed to their own death by buying the drugs and using them, this cannot be used as a defense by the provider of the illegal substances. Therefore, whether the deceased individual was purposeful, negligent or reckless in the administration of the drug has no bearing on the charge for Drug-Induced Death. This also applies to situations where the deceased person consented to administration of the drug by another individual (such as euthanasia).
To fight serious drug-induced death charges, contact Ms. Cohen immediately so she can get started working on a defense that will yield the most favorable outcome for you.
The consequences that result from a Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death charge can forever derail your life. The time to stand up for your freedom with an experienced Camden County drug crime lawyer is now. The criminal lawyers at the Law Office of Jill R. Cohen will break down your case and examine every available option. Whether it is a plea bargain, case dismissal, trial or criminal appeal, Ms. Cohen will fight for you all the way.
As a Certified Criminal Defense Attorney, Ms. Cohen is designated by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as having special knowledge and expertise. Many defenses are very specific as to each crime. Ms. Cohen knows the criminal laws and how they apply to your case. If you are facing a Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death charge, contact Ms. Cohen today for a free consultation about your case.
As an assistant prosecutor Ms. Cohen litigated complex motions for the State, was an acting Camden City Municipal Prosecutor, and indicted over 800 cases before the Camden County Grand Jury. Ms. Cohen handled hundreds of indictable/felony and juvenile cases and tried numerous jury trials, in areas such as drug possession and distribution, school zone violations, domestic violence, aggravated assault, fraud, burglary, robbery, child sexual assault, child physical abuse, homicides, attempted murder and other crimes of magnitude.
With over 30 years in the criminal justice system, Ms. Cohen has developed a great working relationship with members of the local justice system. Ms. Cohen uses her vast experience to get her clients the best possible results.
Ms. Cohen leaves no stones unturned when she builds aggressive defense strategies designed to obtain the best possible outcome for her clients.
The New Jersey Supreme Court’s Attorney Certification Program is designed to help the public make sound and informed choices when deciding to hire an attorney. While there are over 60,000 practicing attorneys in the state of New Jersey, fewer than 250 New Jersey lawyers have been recognized by the NJ Supreme Court as Certified Criminal Trial Attorneys. Camden County criminal lawyer Jill Cohen has been recognized as an NJ Supreme Court Certified Criminal Trial Attorney every year since 2008. To become a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, Ms. Cohen received recommendations from her peers and judges throughout South Jersey.
Regardless of the incidents that led up to your arrest, every resident of New Jersey has the constitutional right to a fair trial. If you have been arrested or are being investigated, you need sound legal advice. Contact me today.