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New Jersey Drug Crime Attorney

New Jersey Drug Crime AttorneyNew Jersey Drug Crime Attorney

Drug Charge Defense Lawyer Defends Clients Facing Illicit Drug-Related Offenses in Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, and Throughout South Jersey

Each year, I assist countless individuals in New Jersey who are dealing with drug-related charges, which range from simple possession to drug trafficking. The consequences can be quite severe – including a criminal record, heavy fines, and long prison sentences. If you or a loved one is facing such charges, I am here to provide the crucial legal support you need.

Why It's Essential to Hire an Experienced New Jersey Drug Crime Attorney

When facing drug offenses in New Jersey, it's crucial to have a skilled attorney by your side. Drug laws can be complex and vary depending on the type of drug involved, the amount in possession, and the circumstances surrounding the arrest. Attempting to handle your case without proper legal representation can lead to dire consequences, including:

  • Harsh Penalties: New Jersey takes drug offenses seriously, and convictions can result in significant fines, probation, mandatory drug counseling, community service, and even imprisonment.
  • Criminal Record: A drug offense conviction can leave a permanent mark on your criminal record, making it challenging to find employment, housing, or educational opportunities in the future.
  • Professional Licenses: If you hold a professional license, such as a medical or legal license, a drug offense conviction can put your career at risk.
  • Driver's License Suspension: Convictions related to drug offenses can lead to the suspension or revocation of your driver's license, impacting your ability to commute to work or carry out daily activities.
  • Federal Consequences: Certain drug offenses can trigger federal charges, leading to a whole new set of legal challenges and potential federal penalties.

As a seasoned attorney with significant experience handling drug offense cases in New Jersey, I am dedicated to providing aggressive representation to safeguard your rights and future.

Secure Your Future With Experienced and Dedicated Defense; Schedule a Free Consultation With Me, New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney Jill Cohen, to Fight For Your Rights and Seek The Justice You Deserve.

My Past as a Prosecutor Helps Me Fight for You

In my 30+ years as an Assistant Prosecutor, I gained insider knowledge and strategic thinking capabilities that allow me to construct solid defenses against drug charges. My unique insight into the criminal justice system helps me anticipate the prosecution's tactics, and build robust defenses that protect your rights and ensure your voice is heard.

Understanding New Jersey's Drug Laws

In New Jersey, drug offenses are governed by the New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substances Act (N.J.S.A. 24:21-1 et seq.). This Act classifies drugs into different schedules based on their potential for abuse, medical uses, and safety concerns. The severity of the offense and corresponding penalties depends on the schedule of the controlled substance involved, as well as the amount in possession.

Common drug offenses in New Jersey include:

  • Drug Possession: It is unlawful to knowingly possess a controlled substance without a valid prescription. The type and quantity of the drug determine the degree of the offense.
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute: If law enforcement believes you intended to sell or distribute the drugs in your possession, the charges can escalate significantly.
  • Drug Trafficking: Drug trafficking involves the manufacture, distribution, or transportation of controlled substances across state or national borders.
  • Drug Manufacturing: Being involved in the production or cultivation of illegal drugs, such as methamphetamine or marijuana, can lead to serious charges.
  • Prescription Fraud: Fraudulently obtaining or distributing prescription drugs is a criminal offense, punishable by law.
  • Drug Paraphernalia Possession: Possession of items used for drug ingestion, such as pipes, syringes, or bongs, can lead to charges of drug paraphernalia possession.

Building a Strong Defense Against Drug Charges

Are you or someone you care about currently facing drug charges in New Jersey? The consequences of a drug offense conviction can be severe, with potentially life-altering penalties. However, you don't have to navigate this difficult situation alone. As a seasoned New Jersey drug crime attorney, I am here to provide you with experienced legal representation and guidance to ensure your rights are protected and to fight for the best possible outcome for your case by:

  • Challenging the Legality of the Search and Seizure: The Fourth Amendment protects individuals from unreasonable searches and seizures. If law enforcement violated your rights during the search and seizure of drugs, the evidence obtained may be deemed inadmissible in court. If the police did not follow the appropriate legal procedures when obtaining evidence, that evidence might be inadmissible in court. We will diligently examine all the circumstances surrounding your case to determine if there were any breaches of your constitutional rights.
  • Evaluating the Evidence: We meticulously review all the prosecution's evidence, challenging its validity and reliability wherever possible, including:
    • Lack of Possession: Prosecutors must prove that you had actual or constructive possession of the drugs in question. A strong defense could demonstrate that the drugs belonged to someone else or that you were unaware of their presence.
    • Valid Prescription: If you were arrested for possessing prescription drugs, a valid and current prescription from a licensed healthcare professional could be a viable defense.
    • Crime Lab Analysis Disputes: Challenging the accuracy and validity of drug analysis conducted by crime labs can be critical in casting doubt on the evidence presented by the prosecution.
  • Entrapment: If you can demonstrate that law enforcement induced or coerced you into committing a drug offense that you wouldn't have otherwise committed, entrapment could be a valid defense.
  • Exploring Diversion Programs: For first-time offenders, it might be possible to avoid a criminal conviction through a diversion program. These programs typically involve a period of probation and possibly drug education or treatment.

Every case is unique, and I understand the importance of a tailored approach to drug defense. This personalized approach ensures that all the relevant facts, circumstances, and evidence in your case are thoroughly evaluated to build the strongest possible defense.

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    “Jill Cohen clearly knows the law very well. She is confident enough to take a matter to trial, if need be, along with negotiation skills needed to represent you along the way. Ms. Cohen has helped me with a few matters throughout the years, and always made me feel assured that my rights would not be violated and I would have a fair position.”

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    "I made the right choice in hiring Jill Cohen to represent me. Not only is Jill Cohen a consummate attorney, she’s very professional, returns calls in a timely manner, but most importantly, gets the job done! Thanks to her my case was settled with a great outcome. I highly recommend her! I’m a happy and satisfied client!"

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    "We used Jill Cohen for the first time this October. Great attorney, she helped my boyfriend immensely with his case. We will be calling her again without hesitation for anything we may need in the future. Very affordable as well."

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Why Choose Me as Your Defense Attorney

I am deeply committed to defending the rights of individuals facing drug charges in New Jersey. My extensive knowledge of the state's drug laws, combined with my years of courtroom experience, offers my clients a significant advantage in their defense.

  • Personalized Representation: I know that every case is unique and I take the time to listen to my clients, assess their situation, and develop a tailored defense strategy for the best possible outcome.
  • Successful Track Record: Throughout my career, I have handled numerous drug offense cases, securing favorable outcomes, reduced charges, or even case dismissals for my clients.
  • Preparedness and Attention to Detail: I leave no stone unturned in seeking justice for my clients. I thoroughly examine evidence, scrutinize police procedures, and ensure that your rights were upheld throughout the legal process.
  • Negotiation Skills: When appropriate, I can skillfully negotiate with prosecutors to seek reduced charges or alternative sentencing options, such as diversionary programs or drug courts.
  • Trial Experience: With over 30 years of experience, I bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to every case I handle. I am unafraid to take your case to court if it serves your best interests. My courtroom experience allows me to present a compelling case on your behalf.
  • Free Consultation: Understanding your options is critical when facing a drug charge. I offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case, answer your questions, and explain how I can help.

Facing a drug charge in New Jersey can be a daunting experience. But remember, a charge is not a conviction. With me by your side, you can fight for your rights and work towards the best possible outcome. Contact me today to discuss your case and begin crafting your defense. I'm ready to stand with you.

I Offer Free Case Evaluations to Consult With You About The Charges You Are Facing. Call Me at 856-830-6433 or Reach Out Through My Online Form to Schedule Your Consultation Today.

Contact Me Today

If you or a loved one is facing drug charges in New Jersey, it's essential to act quickly and secure my assistance. I'm prepared to provide the personalized and aggressive representation you need to successfully navigate this challenging legal process.

Don't leave your future to chance – contact my office today to schedule a confidential consultation and take the first step towards building a robust defense for your drug offense case. Remember, time is of the essence in criminal cases, so don't delay in seeking the help you need to protect your rights and future.

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