Penalties for Possession of Heroin, Cocaine and Crack in NJ
The penalties for possession of Heroin, Cocaine and Crack in the State of New Jersey vary depending on the nature of the possession (i.e. simple possession or possession with intent to distribute) and the weight of the drugs involved. The General Penalties are listed below:
- 1st Degree Offense: Distribution or Manufacture
If the quantity is greater than 5 oz. it is a 1st degree criminal offense punishable by up to 20 years in state prison with parole ineligibility for one-third to one-half of the sentence, and a fine of up to $500,000.00
- 2nd Degree Offense: Distribution or Manufacture
If the quantity is more than 1/2 oz. but less then 5 oz. punishable by 7 to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $75,000.00.
- 3rd Degree Offense: Possession
If the quantity is a dusting but not more than 1/2 oz. it is a 3rd degree criminal offense punishable by 3 to 5 years in state prison and up to a $35,000.00 fine.
Additional Penalties Apply to all NJ Drug Charges, including heroin, cocaine, crack and methamphetamines including mandatory loss of drivers license from 6 months to two years, probation and drug screenings. Furthermore If you are charged with possesion of heroin, cocaine or crack cocaine in a school zone, public housing project, or public park, see N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10 allows the court to impose a community service requirement in addition to other penalties of at least 100 additional hours.
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Defenses To Charges of Heroin, Cocaine and Crack:
Even if you are Guilty : Don't Worry Defenses exist to New Jersey charges of possession, distribution and manufacturing of heroin, cocaine and crack. Before you can be convicted of an offense the state must proffer proof of the type and quantity of the drug. If this amount varies from the amount originally described or if the drug is cut so that the quality is below the threshold of the drug type you could win your case. For example we have seen many cases where our clients where charged with possession of heroin or cocaine only to learn it was a lesser quantity or even a legal drug. Without our Attorney H. Scott Aalsberg, Esq., experience and knowledge they would have lost instead of won the case. Don't let this happen to you, learn how Attorney H. Scott Aalsberg can help you win your drug charge by calling our office today, and setting up our free in office consultation. You deserve the best defense and if, you have the money, and will to quit we can help.
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