Drug Possession (CDS) Defense from a Union County Criminal Lawyer
Criminal and Drug Possession Lawyers Help Clients in Linden, Cranford, Elizabeth, and across Union County
Put simply, illegal drug possession is the crime of possessing one or more drugs on your person or within your control that are illegal in the State of New Jersey. Our state handles illegal drug possession much like many other states in the U.S. in that it is a serious offense, with repercussions that cover a broad spectrum. Penalties for the possession of illicit drugs range from fines and jail time to community service and more. Penalties can be more severe depending on the class and amount of drugs one has in their possession. Furthermore, those charged with the intent to distribute may face even more jail time with no chance of parole.
The severity of the crime, and thus the penalties, is dependent on several factors…
including the amount of drugs in your possession, the type of drug, personal circumstances, and whether or not it’s determined that you intended to use the drugs for personal use, distribution or sale.
Illegal Drugs or Controlled and Dangerous Substances (CDS) in New Jersey
The primary drugs that are illegal in the State of New Jersey are those listed on one of the five schedules of CDS under state or federal law. These are usually serious drugs that have no medical purpose and also have a high risk of abuse are categorized as Schedule I. However, it is important to note that drugs that serve a medical purpose, such as prescription drugs, are some of the most common types of CDS. Though these drugs are prescribed by doctors on a regular basis, possessing or distributing them without legal permission to do so is a crime. You should always carry prescription drugs in the container they came in from the pharmacy or doctor’s office as it should show both your name and the name of the prescribing doctor.
The most common substances involved in drug cases include:
- Heroin or fentanyl
- Powder or crack cocaine
- Cannabis (marijuana)
- Ecstasy, MDMA, or “Molly”
Despite the almost 40 year war on drugs illegal use and possession continues to be a problem in New Jersey and across the United States. Recreational drug use remains at high levels given the fact that many people don’t agree on how dangerous some of the substances that are deemed illegal are. As a result, many users feel that they can avoid the negative effects of drug use. However, law enforcement and courts take all illegal drug possession and use it seriously.
8 Facts you need to know about Drug Charges in New Jersey
- Fines range up to $1,000 if police find you with less than 50 grams of marijuana
- Those caught in unauthorized possession prescription drugs face a third-degree indictable offense
- You can face up to 5 years in prison, loss of your driving license, and a fine of $1,000-$25,000 for the possession of narcotics such as heroin, cocaine, acid, methamphetamine, or ecstasy even for personal use
- Cocaine is the primary threat in New Jersey, with heroin the second most problematic drug
- A survey in 2006 found that an estimated 650,000 New Jersey residents had used marijuana within the previous year and more than 250,000 residents had abused some form of prescription pain killers. Moreover, the survey also found that more than 130,000 residents admitted to using cocaine
- More than 3,000 people died as a result of drug overdoses in New Jersey in 2018
- Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, was responsible for around half the drug-related deaths in 2017
- An estimated 128,000 people in New Jersey were classified as addicted to heroin in 2015
Given the seriousness of these offenses and the potential penalties upon conviction, you do not want to go it alone when it comes to defending against these types of charges. If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with possession of an illegal drug or unauthorized possession of a prescription drug, it is critical that you contact an experienced New Jersey drug crimes attorney as soon as possible.
Contact an Experienced Criminal Law and Drug Crimes Attorneys who will be by your side every step of the way
At Edward Cooper Law Firm, our experienced teams of lawyers and experts have successfully defended clients in Linden, Cranford, Elizabeth, and across Union County from all types of drug-related charges. Do not face the justice system alone.