New Jersey Drug-Related Death Lawyer
Aggressive South Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney Defends Clients Charged with Serious Crimes in Camden County, Gloucester County, and Throughout NJ
If you have been charged with drug-induced death — providing someone with drugs which resulted in their death — in New Jersey, there is no time to lose. You need to contact an aggressive criminal defense lawyer who has significant experience and knowledge of NJ criminal laws. Drug-induced death is an extremely serious charge that can result in up to 20 years behind bars in New Jersey State Prison.
Camden County criminal defense lawyer Jill R. Cohen, Esq. is your best chance at fighting your NJ 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 homicide cases and has been asked to talk on the subject in the media.
Proving Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death in NJ
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 10-20 years in NJ State Prison and a $200,000 fine.
The possibility of serious prison time and hefty fines makes the need for an experienced South Jersey 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 with, and then convicted of, Drug-Induced Death (N.J.S.A. 2C:35-9), it’s not necessary for NJ 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 NJ 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 Camden 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 in Camden, Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Lindenwold, West Deptford, Galloway, or anywhere else in South Jersey, contact Ms. Cohen immediately so she can get started working on a defense that will yield the most favorable outcome for you.
Contact the Law Offices of Jill R. Cohen About Your Drug-Related Death Charges
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 Cherry Hill 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 NJ criminal laws and how they apply to your case. If you are facing a Strict Liability for Drug-Induced Death charge in Camden County, Gloucester County, or Atlantic County, NJ, contact Ms. Cohen today for a free consultation about your case.