While law enforcement’s approach to the possession and use of small amounts of marijuana has relaxed in recent years, many drug offenses remain legal priorities. Simple drug charges in New Jersey are rarely simple, and the resultant penalties can vary from relatively small fines to imprisonment and high fines.
Your Simple Possession Charges
If you are charged with simple drug possession in New Jersey, there is nothing simple about it and you need experienced legal counsel. No two drug possession cases are ever alike, and New Jersey drug laws are complicated, difficult to navigate, and generally carry severe sentences. Never take drug-related criminal charges lightly.
The Not-So-Simple Consequences
There are several penalty guidelines that highlight the severity of New Jersey’s drug offense laws:
- Possession of less than 50 grams (or 1.75 ounces) of marijuana can lead to a disorderly persons offense, which is punishable with jail time of up to six month, drivers license suspension, $1,000 fine, and drug rehabilitation.
- Possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana can increase your jail time to an 18-month maximum and your fine to a $15,000 maximum.
- Possession of narcotics or controlled dangerous substances, including all stimulants, opiates, hallucinogens, and depressants, can lead to a prison sentence of three to five years, up to $25,000 in fines, drivers license suspension, and a mandatory education or drug rehabilitation program.
- Possession of drug paraphernalia can land you with six months of jail time, up to two years of drivers license suspension, and a fine of up to $1,000.
- Possession of unauthorized prescription drugs can result in up to five years of prison time and significant fines.
The possession of larger quantities of any of these drugs can result in criminal charges of the first, second, third, or fourth degree and can lead to even stiffer sentencing.
Drug charges in New Jersey are extremely serious, and if you are facing such charges, you have a lot to lose. Retain an experienced drug defense attorney to help you navigate the rocky terrain ahead. Your future matters; a skilled drug defense lawyer will protect your rights and help you achieve your case’s best possible results.
If You’ve Been Charged with Drug-Related Criminal Charges in New Jersey, Call 732-238-8686 Today for More Information
If you are facing drug-related criminal charges, David C. Barry, Attorney at Law is here to help. Attorney David C. Barry understands the intricacies and the seriousness of your case and will take the time to explain your rights, guide you through the complicated process, and coordinate your comprehensive defense. David has the skill and experience to fight for your rights and your most favorable outcome. If you’re facing drug-related criminal charges, contact or call David today at 732-238-8686.