New Jersey Drug Court Defense Lawyer
Being convicted of a drug crime in the state of New Jersey often involves mandatory minimum jail time, large monetary fines, and painful roads to recovery. Luckily, those who are charged with nonviolent drug crimes are often eligible to have their case heard in the Drug Court of New Jersey Superior Court, which often involves less harsh penalties and more options for recovery and probation. Criminal defense lawyer Jill R. Cohen can help defend your innocence when you are caught up unintentionally in drug crimes and can also help negotiate lighter sentences, probation terms, and work together with a judge and prosecuting attorney to help get you in a Drug Court Recovery Program. Contact her law office today to get a free initial consultation regarding your drug crime charges.
Commonly Seen Drug Crimes in Camden, Burlington, and Salem County, New Jersey Drug Court
There are a wide variety of different types of crimes one can be charged with that involve drugs in the state of New Jersey. Anything from simply possessing drug packaging materials to serious drug trafficking crimes can result in a criminal drug charge. Often the penalties involved in such criminal cases depend highly on the type of drug in question, the amount of the drug involved in the criminal act, and how the drug was being unlawfully used.
A list of commonly seen drug crimes that New Jersey residents get convicted of include:
- Possession of drugs with or without the intent to distribute
- Drug usage
- Possession of drug packaging materials such as baggies or scales
- Drug manufacturing
- Drug distribution which does not have to involve financial benefit or profit
- Drug trafficking
More specifically, you can potentially face any of the following drug crimes (listed with criminal degree classification and New Jersey Statute:
- Possession of CDS (Drugs) – N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10, 1st – 3rd Degree
- Distribution of CDS (Drugs) – N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5, 1st – 3rd Degree
- Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS (Drugs) – N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5, 1st – 3rd Degree
- Possession with Intent to Distribute within 1,000 feet of a School, 3rd Degree
- Possession with Intent to Distribute within 500 feet of Public Property, 2nd Degree
- Possession of drug paraphernalia – N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2, Disorderly Persons Offense
The New Jersey Drug Court System and Programs
Drug crimes that do not involve violence are specifically assessed in Drug Courts within the New Jersey Superior Court system. It benefits anyone facing these types of criminal charges to be in Drug Court because Drug Courts often work together with defendants to admit them into recovery programs and help them with drug treatment. Both prosecution and defense lawyers often work together involving clients facing drug charges to help them get probation and rehabilitation.
These types of programs are highly beneficial to convicted criminals and often offer the best opportunity to recover from drug addiction, get their life back on track, and avoid serious or any jail time. Without acceptance into such Drug Court programs, most criminals must serve mandatory legally defined minimum jail sentence before even being considered for parole.
It is important to note that those under probation of New Jersey Drug Court often must have intensive supervision, employment and drug counseling, participate in drug treatment programs, and are subject to random urine tests.
Being Accepted into a New Jersey Drug Court Program in Cape May and Burlington County
If you want to be accepted into a New Jersey Drug Court program, you must:
- Be an adult with no previous conviction or pending charges for a violent offense
- Pass a standardized legal review and clinical assessment conducted by members of the Drug Court team.
If a convicted offender’s Drug Court Program application is accepted and the individual does not have previous drug crime convictions, a substance abuse evaluator will interview the applicant and consider their substance abuse history, current substance use, and other medical or psychological conditions from which they may suffer. They will then decide whether the individual is eligible to enter a Drug Court program, and if so, what rehabilitation and treatment the applicant may need.
Get a Compassionate and Skilled New Jersey Drug Court Litigator on Your Side When Facing Criminal Drug Charges
Jill R. Cohen has been helping her New Jersey clients in Drug Court battles and through the difficult process of recovery and rehabilitation for many decades. Not only can she help defend you instances of innocence or forced involvement in other people’s drug crimes, she can also help plead your case to get lighter sentencing, probation eligibility, and help get you into a Drug Court Program that helps you avoid potential jail time. Regardless of your scenario, Ms. Cohen can use her experience as both a prosecutor and defense attorney in New Jersey and Philadelphia criminal legal systems to give you your best shot in court. Contact her today for a free initial consultation regarding your drug crime charges. Jill Cohen has been serving criminal defendants throughout South Jersey in Camden, Cherry Hill, Gloucester Township, Winslow, Pennsauken, Voorhees, Lindenwold, Haddon Township, Collingswood and Haddonfield.