Drug-Related Death Defense Lawyer in Camden County
Fighting Drug-Related Murder Charges
If you have been charged with drug-induced death — providing someone with drugs that 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 criminal laws. Drug-induced death is an extremely serious charge that can result in up to 20 years behind bars.
Camden County drug-related death defense lawyer Jill R. Cohen is a trusted advocate ready to fight your charges. As a former Camden County assistant prosecutor, she knows how prosecutors build their cases. Her 30+ years as a criminal defense lawyer will be invaluable when fighting your murder charges.
Proving Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death
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 law. 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 state prison and a $200,000 fine.
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 charge and convict someone of drug-induced death (N.J.S.A. 2C:35-9), prosecutors do not have to prove the drug provider intended for someone to die. Instead, they must only prove that the death would not have occurred if drugs were not involved.
The Drug-Induced Death law applies to:
- Lysergic acid diethylamide
- All controlled dangerous substances (CDS) that are classified as Schedule I or Schedule II narcotics
At The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen, we are familiar with the unique defense strategies that work in these cases. We take the time to carefully investigate each case to uncover any evidence that will work in your favor. Our team leaves no stone unturned during the investigative process and even works with outside experts – such as toxicologists and medical professionals – who can contribute their expertise to your defense.
Why You Need Aggressive Representation
It’s important to have an experienced Camden County drug-induced death defense attorney fighting for you because even if the person who died contributed to their own death by buying and using the drugs, this cannot be used as a defense. 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 the administration of the drug by another individual (such as euthanasia).
Contact The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen Today
The consequences of a drug-induced death charge or conviction can forever derail your life. The time to stand up for your freedom is now. The Camden County drug-induced death lawyer at The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen can break down your case and examine every available option. Whether it is a plea bargain, dismissal, trial, or criminal appeal, we can fight for you every step of the way.
As a Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer, Attorney Jill Cohen is designated by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as having special knowledge and expertise. Many defense strategies are specific to each crime. Our firm knows the state laws and how they apply to your case.
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