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Heroin Possession

New Brunswick Possession of Heroin Defense Lawyers

Arrests for heroin possession are definitely on the rise in Middlesex County resulting in many N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10 cases in New Brunswick. The thought that heroin was a drug of the past simply is not the case as our lawyers now handle more possession of heroin charges than any other third degree drug crime at the Middlesex County Superior Court in New Brunswick. If you were arrested for heroin possession in East Brunswick, Piscataway, South Plainfield, Woodbridge, or Milltown, our attorney at Marshall, Bonus, Proetta & Oliver is highly qualified to defend you. We are former prosecutors with over 100 years of experience handling heroin cases, including Jason Seidman, the former supervisor of the gangs, guns and drugs task force of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. To speak to Mr. Seidmen or another lawyer on our team, call our New Brunswick Office at 732-246-7126.

Heroin Possession Offense in Middlesex County

There is no such thing as a misdemeanor heroin case. Possessing heroin for personal use is always an indictable crime of the third degree which is a felony. A case gain grade even higher if it involves distribution of heroin. It is crucial to keep in mind in this regard that it is not necessary that you be in actual physical possession of heroin to be convicted under this law. If you had the ability and intention to possess heroin that was located outside of your person, for example, in a car or apartment which you occupied, you can also be deemed in possession in violation of 2C:35-10. A violation of this law is a third degree crime. What this means is that you will have a felony criminal record unless you are able to resolve your case through Pretrial Intervention (“PTI”), secure a downgrade to a disorderly persons offense, or obtain a dismissal of the charge.

Penalties for Possessing Heroin in Old Bridge

Because the state takes drug use so seriously, especially when its heroin, the fine is enhanced beyond what would apply for the typical third degree offense. The maximum fine is increased from the normal $15,000 to $35,000. In terms of jail, the exposure to prison is significant if you are convicted heroin possession. You can receive a prison term that can reach five (5) years. The presumptive jail range is 3-5 years. The court is also required to suspend your driver’s license for at least 6 months and as much as 24 months at the time of sentencing. This is the case whether you operated or occupied a motor vehicle or were found in your house with the drugs.

Piscataway NJ Heroin Possession Attorney

Whether this is your first offense or you are a repeat offender, a lawyer on our team is ready to assist you. It is important that you secure representation as the penalties are stiff for possessing heroin in Piscataway, South Brunswick, Edison, Perth Amboy or Carteret. An attorney at Marshall, Bonus, Proetta & Oliver will utilize his decades of experience to insure that you escape the negative consequences of a conviction. This may come as the result of challenging the search of your case, apartment or house, through persuasive negotiating, or a combination of tactics. Irrespective, you can rest assured that you are obtaining competent representation from lawyers who are committed to securing the very best outcome. Call our Piscataway Office at 732-562-0308 to learn exactly how we can help you.