Manufacturing Charge Defense Lawyer in Haddonfield, NJ Defends Clients Charged with Drug Distribution and Manufacturing in Camden County, Burlington County, Gloucester County, and Throughout South Jersey
Drug crimes that involve manufacturing and/or distributing illegal or controlled substances can have very serious consequences in the state of New Jersey. The charges and penalties will depend on what type of substance and how much of it is involved in these types of drug crimes. I have been working in the criminal justice system for more than 30 years. I founded The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen because I am passionate about criminal defense work and protecting my clients’ rights and freedom. If you have been charged with a drug crime in Camden County or any of the surrounding communities, I can help.
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Is Marijuana Legal In New Jersey?
In January 2021, New Jersey voters voted to legalize marijuana in the state of New Jersey. It is now legal for adults (age 21 or older) to have up to 6 ounces of marijuana or cannabis in their possession. Possession of any amount in excess of 6 ounces is a crime. In addition, any sale or distribution of any amount of marijuana is still a crime, unless it is being sold through a cannabis dispensary licensed by the state of New Jersey.
New Jersey State Drug Law Definitions
New Jersey state law prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, sale or dispensation of medication and controlled dangerous substances. It is also illegal to be caught in possession of controlled substances with the intent to distribute them to others. What degree someone will be charged with in regard to drug distributions depends on the substance and the amount involved in the specific case. Under these factors, one will be charged with either a first-, second-, third- or fourth-degree criminal charge for distribution or intent to distribute.
Important key terms with drug charges as defined in New Jersey law (N.J.S.A. 24-21-2) include:
- “Deliver” or “delivery” means the actual, constructive or attempted transfer from one person to another of a controlled dangerous substance, whether or not there is a relationship between both parties.
- “Dispense” means to deliver a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) to a final user or research subject by anyone other than a licensed practitioner, including the prescribing, administering, packaging, labeling or compounding necessary to prepare the substance for said delivery.
- “Distribute” means to deliver other than by administering or dispensing a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog.
- “Manufacture” means the production, preparation, propagation, compounding, conversion, or processing of a controlled dangerous substance, either directly or by extraction from substances of natural origin, or independently by means of chemical synthesis, or by a combination of extraction and chemical synthesis. This can include just packaging or repackaging the substance in question as well.
Any drug charge is serious and can come with serious consequences in the form of severe fines and jail time. But drug charges that include possession with the intent to distribute can be among the most serious.
Maintaining A CDS Drug Distribution Facility In New Jersey
In the state of New Jersey, it is a crime to maintain a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) production facility. It is a crime to knowingly operate or maintain a facility in which controlled substances are grown, produced or processed and packaged. Additionally, operating and maintaining can be extended to include assisting, promoting or financing someone you know is operating or maintaining a CDS production facility.
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Drug Trafficking Charges In New Jersey
In New Jersey, drug trafficking charges are among the most serious because it comes with a presumption that there was an intent to capitalize and make a profit from the manufacturing, sale or distribution of a drug, in agreement with another person. Additionally, drug trafficking charges could instead be charged in federal court if a federal agency was involved with the investigation or if there is evidence that the drug trafficking crossed state lines. Federal prison sentences and penalties for drug crimes are strict and serious.
Distribution Or Manufacturing Convictions
In order to be convicted of a drug distribution or manufacturing crime, the prosecution must be able to provide quality evidence and convince a jury that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. One does not need to be financially benefiting to be convicted of one of these drug crimes. If you get involved in another person’s drug crimes and are caught simply delivering a package to another part, it can be considered worthy of drug crime conviction.
It is important to note that simply being in possession of drug packaging materials can be enough for a guilty verdict in New Jersey criminal court. This can include items such as scales and certain measuring devices, cutting agents, baggies, needles, etc. Any of these items can also lead to a charge of intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance.
No matter what criminal drug charges you might be facing, I can help. With decades of experience in the criminal justice court system, I draw from my experience as a former prosecutor to prepare a criminal defense and fully prepare for any in-court scenario. My goal is to not only protect your rights and future but also to minimize the impact the charges have on your life. I am here to help you throughout the entirety of your case.
Facing Drug Charges? Call For a Free Consultation
Whether you are being charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled medicine like Adderall or Xanax or are being charged with the manufacture of heroin, contact my firm as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected. Call my office at 856-754-5501 or send me a message online to schedule a free initial consultation.