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Drug Distribution Lawyers in Somerset County NJ

Drugs abuse does not just affect the individual user but it tends to affect society as a whole. One of the main reasons for that is because drug use tends to lead to other crimes. Whether it be a theft crime to fund the habit or an assaultive crime as result of using the drugs. That is why New Jersey as a whole, including Somerset and Hunterdon County aggressively investigates and prosecutes anyone who is alleged to be distributing drugs. If you have been arrested and charged with distributing drugs, possessing drugs with the intent to distribute or manufacturing drugs in New Jersey it is crucial that you speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney about your options. These are serious charges and if not handled properly could end up landing a Defendant behind bars for up to twenty (20) years. In addition, based on the new bail guidelines, a Defendant alleged to have been distributing drugs in Hunterdon or Somerset County could end up being detained in the local county jail, without bail, pending trial. However, in order to do so, the prosecution would need to file for and be successful at a Detention Hearing. These hearings can and always should be contested. To speak to one of the criminal defense attorneys at Proetta & Oliver about your options then please contact us at (908)533-1064.

The criminal defense attorneys at Proetta & Oliver have been defending clients accused of distributing drugs like heroin, cocaine, Molly, marijuana, Xanax, Mushrooms and Oxycontin in towns throughout New Jersey for the better part of the last decade. We are well aware of what a criminal conviction for distributing drugs let alone jail sentence can do to one’s life. If you would like to come into our office for a free face to face consultation with one of our attorneys then please contact us at (908)533-1064. We can go over the specific facts of your case and formulate a gameplan that works best to suit your needs, whether that be a trial, suppression hearing or negotiating a favorable plea agreement. Our criminal defense lawyers serve all of Somerset and Hunterdon County, including towns like Clinton, Flemington, Somerville, Raritan, Readington, Bridgewater, South Bound Brook, North Plainfield, Bound Brook and Bernards. As always, our initial consultations are free of costs. So if you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Drug Distribution Attorneys in Hunterdon County NJ

Drug Distribution Charges in NJ: NJSA 2C:35-5

All drug distribution charges in New Jersey will be governed by NJSA 2C:35-5. So whether you have been alleged to have distributed drugs, possessed them with the intent to distribute or manufactured them, they will all be governed by NJSA 2C:35-5. Furthermore, all drug distribution charges will be considered felony offenses, regardless of the location (i.e. park / school zone) or the type of drug in question. What degree a Defendant is actually charged with will depend on the type and quantity of drug in question. Here is a chart that will breakdown not only the different degrees but the potential penalties as well.

Breakdown in the Different Degrees

Type of Drug

1st Degree2nd Degree3rd Degree

4th Degree

Cocaine / HeroinMore than 5 oz. More than ½ oz but

less than 5 oz.

Less than ½ oz.

N/A

Marijuana

More than 25 lb or

50 Plants

More than 5 lb but less

than 25 lb or less than 50 Plants

More than 1 oz but

less than 5lb

Less than 1 oz

 

Breakdown in the Potential Penalties if Convicted

 

Type of Drug

1st Degree2nd Degree3rd Degree

4th Degree

Cocaine / Heroin
  • 20 Years in Prison
  • $200,000 Fine
  • Felony Record
  • 10 Years in Prison
  • $150,000 Fine
  • Felony Record
  • 5 Years in Prison
  • $35,000 Fine
  • Felony Record

N/A

Marijuana

  • 20 Years in Prison
  • $200,000 Fine
  • Felony Record
  • 10 Years in Prison
  • $150,000 Fine
  • Felony Record
  • 5 Years in Prison
  • $35,000 Fine
  • Felony Record
  • 18 Months in Prison
  • $15,000 Fine
  • Felony Record

If a Defendant is alleged to have distributed the drug within 500 feet of a public park or within 1000 feet of a school zone the above charts are not applicable. Those are separate and apart offenses. They will be charged in addition to the underlying distribution charge. For more information on those offenses please click the link or contact our office at (908)533-1064 for a consultation.

Common Drug Distribution Charges in Hunterdon County:

Drug Distribution Lawyers in Flemington NJ

Being charged with a criminal offense can be nerve wracking. However, hiring the right attorney, one that not only knows how to defend these charges but also knows the specific courts as well can go a long way to alleviating the stress. If you have been accused of distributing marijuana, possessing heroin, possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute, being the leader of a drug trafficking network or possessing prescription drugs in New Jersey, we can help. We serve all of Hunterdon and Somerset County, including towns like Hillsborough, Franklin, Bedminster, Bernards, Montgomery, Somerville, Watchung and Clinton. For a free consultation today, please contact us at (908)533-1064.