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Drug Possession And Distribution

Salem Drug Possession Attorneys

NJ Drug Offense Cases

New Jersey drug-related offenses carry serious penalties.  Individuals charged with a drug crime may face a prison sentence and/or financially crippling fines, in addition to the loss of driving privileges.  If you have been charged with a drug-related crime, it is imperative to seek the help of an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney.

The Salem criminal attorneys at the Law Offices of Michele Finizio are committed to defending your rights and providing you with an effective defense.   Our aggressive, experienced criminal lawyers will develop a comprehensive strategy that will ensure a positive outcome for your case. We have the skill to negotiate reduced drug crime sentences and even dismissal of drug charges.

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Categories of Drug Possession Offenses

  • Possession of Illegal Drugs

Among the numerous punishable offenses involving drugs in New Jersey, the most common is possession of illegal drugs, which also includes certain controlled substances that require a prescription.  In these cases, sentencing is determined by the type of drug and how much of it is discovered on your person.  The minimum sentence for possession of illegal drugs is a loss of driver’s license for six months to two years.  Loss of driving privileges can seriously impact your life and prevent you from working.  Any individual facing these charges needs a competent, qualified criminal defense attorney in their corner to protect their rights so they can continue to earn a living, and avoid possible more serious outcomes. Read more about marijuana possession, heroine possession and cocaine possession.

  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Possession of drug paraphernalia often goes hand in hand with possession of illegal drugs.  It is illegal to carry any item that can be used to inject, inhale, ingest, package, grow, or plant a controlled substance.  Unlike drug possession, however, drug paraphernalia possession is classified as a disorderly person’s crime, and carries more substantial penalties.  In addition to loss of driver’s license for between six months and two years, sentences can include a fine of up to $1,000, community service, and up to six months in a county correctional facility.  An experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney will ensure that no assumptions are made about items in question, and assist in reducing or dismissing charges that cannot be substantiated.

  • Possession with Intent to Distribute

In New Jersey, the most serious category of drug offense is possession with intent to distribute, which includes drug manufacturing, distributing, trafficking, possession with intent to distribute, and possession within a school zone.  For these cases, the severity of the punishment is determined by the type and quantity of the drug involved.  With the right drug defense attorney to help you navigate the complexities of these charges, you can ensure that your defense strategy will get the best results possible.

Developing Your Defense Strategy

In criminal cases, the burden of proof lies with the prosecution.  It is up to them to prove that a drug crime was committed, what the nature and severity of the crime was, and whether or not the individual charged with the crime was involved. The criminal lawyers at the Law Offices of Michele Finizio will explore every angle of the case against you and investigate all relevant facts to ensure that your rights are protected.  We will put our years of experience to work for you both in and out of the courtroom if you are facing any type of drug charges including drug possession and distribution charges.

When charged with any drug-related offense, whether it is a simple possession case or possession with intent to distribute, the lawyers at the Law Offices of Michele Finizio will aggressively defend your rights.  Our criminal defense attorneys have decades of experience dealing with drug crime cases in New Jersey and understand the complexities of the New Jersey criminal justice system.  We will thoroughly explore all of your options, including plea deals or trial by jury, and keep you actively involved in developing your defense strategies.  Our knowledgeable attorneys will work tirelessly to either get your case dismissed or get you the minimum sentence possible.