New Jersey Drug Possession Lawyer
Experienced Criminal Attorney Helps Clients In Camden County, Gloucester County, Burlington County, Atlantic County, Salem County, Mercer County, Cape May County, and Throughout NJ
A conviction for drug possession charges has the potential to ruin your life. Additionally, building a strong and effective defense against drug possession charges is more difficult than most people think. As soon as you are arrested, the police may begin to pressure you into making a statement that may be against your best interests. Unknowingly, when you make statements to law enforcement or the prosecution without the advice of legal counsel, you may begin to build a case against yourself and increase the risk that more serious penalties will apply, including the loss of state and federal benefits. Financial aid, food assistance programs, renter’s assistance, and other programs can become unavailable if you are convicted of certain drug possession charges. Because of these significant risks, it is important that you contact a qualified New Jersey drug possession charges defense lawyer as soon as possible after an arrest.
At The Law Offices of Jill R. Cohen, we understand how sensitive and serious the situation is when you are charged with possession of an illegal substance. Whether you are facing charges for the possession of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, prescription drugs, or any other type of drug, skilled defense attorney Jill Cohen has the resources and experience necessary to successfully guide you through this difficult time.
The New Jersey criminal justice system can be overwhelming to navigate, particularly when it comes to drug possession, so call or contact our experienced drug charge defense lawyer for advice and guidance in your New Jersey case today.
Penalties For Drug Possession Under NJ Laws
New Jersey has strict laws that prohibit possession of illicit drugs. If you are convicted of a drug possession crime, you could be facing steep penalties such as:
- Possession of illicit substances (other than marijuana): Third-degree indictable offense, with a sentence of three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $35,000
- Unlawful possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana (or five grams of hashish): Disorderly persons offense with a sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000
- Unlawful possession of 50 or more grams of marijuana (or five or more grams of hashish): Fourth-degree indictable offense with a sentence of up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $5,000
- Unauthorized possession of prescription drugs: Third-degree indictable offense, with a sentence of three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $35,000
- Possession of drug paraphernalia (defined as any device intended to ‘introduce into the human body a controlled dangerous substance”): Disorderly persons offense with a sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000
As you can see, even possessing a seemingly harmless amount of an illegal substance can lead to jail time and significant fines. That is why it is critical you have an experienced criminal defense attorney representing your interests and fighting to defend your rights when you have been charged with drug possession in New Jersey.
Charged With A Drug Possession Crime? Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer Jill Cohen Can Fight To Defend Your Rights And Freedom
A conviction for drug possession can have serious negative impacts on the rest of your life. A criminal record for drug crimes can make it difficult to secure good employment, housing, or educational opportunities. However, you have rights and options when you are facing drug possession charges, and an experienced criminal defense attorney can work to secure a favorable outcome to your charges.
Attorney Jill Cohen will work tirelessly to mount a legal defense against your charges, to negotiate for a less severe sentence, or to seek admission to the court’s diversionary programs – which can lead to the dismissal of your charges without a conviction or record.
Attorney Jill Cohen can also help you face your drug charges by developing a strong legal defense that can include challenging the admissibility or reliability of the prosecution’s evidence of your alleged possession of drugs. Ms. Cohen may be able to negotiate for a reduction in the severity of your charges through a plea agreement or even to obtain a dismissal of your charges altogether. Depending on your personal circumstances, Ms. Cohen may also be able to seek your admission to the drug court program to help treat underlying substance abuse problems and to resolve your drug charges without a conviction or criminal record.
Contact The Law Office Of Jill R. Cohen Today For A Free Consultation To Discuss Your Legal Rights And Options
If you or a loved one have been arrested and charged with a drug possession offense in New Jersey, you need to act quickly to protect your rights and future; a conviction on drug charges can have long-lasting consequences on your life beyond fines and prison time. Schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation with Attorney Jill Cohen today to discuss the details of your case and to learn more about how she can help you defend against your drug possession charges.
Frequently Asked Questions About Drug Possession In New Jersey
Being arrested can be a stressful experience, but you should remember to remain calm. If you resist in any way or say something, the prosecutor may be able to use that to impose additional criminal charges. You have the right to refuse to say anything to the police or to answer any of their questions about the circumstances of your arrest; instead, you should merely inform the officers or investigators that you wish to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
When the police find drugs on your person or in your car it can seem like a slam-dunk case for the prosecution, however, with an experienced criminal attorney, you may be able to assert legal arguments in order to have your charges reduced or even dismissed. For example, attorney Jill Cohen may be able to challenge the legality of your stop or the police’s search of your person or your vehicle or your home, which would render the prosecution’s evidence as proof of an unlawful stop or search. Alternatively, because proper investigation procedures require testing any alleged drugs seized from you to confirm what those substances are, Ms. Cohen may be able to challenge the reliability of any lab testing or point out when no testing is done at all.