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Old Bridge CDS Distribution Defense Lawyer
Distribution of a controlled dangerous substance (“CDS”) is a serious criminal charge in Old Bridge whether the drug involved is marijuana or a more serious street drug. The reason is because all cases involving allegations of manufacturing, selling or possession with intent to distribute are felonies that expose an individual to thousands of dollars in fines and years in state prison. This certainly is not the type of offense to deal with on your own or with a lawyer who is inexperienced. The stakes are high and there is little tolerance by prosecutors for those who sell drugs. This is why you should strongly consider contacting the highly experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall. We are former prosecutors, including a former director of the street drugs task force of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, who possess over 100 years of combined experience. For a free case review by an attorney at the firm, you may contact us anytime of day or night. Lawyers are available immediately at 732–227–1200.
Arrested for Selling Drugs in Old Bridge New Jersey
Most individuals arrested in Old Bridge for selling drugs are charged under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5. This is commonly referred to as the New Jersey Drug Distribution Law and it makes it unlawful for anyone to knowingly:
(1) To manufacture, distribute or dispense, or to possess or have under his control with intent to manufacture, distribute or dispense, a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog; or
(2) To create, distribute, or possess or have under his control with intent to distribute, a counterfeit controlled dangerous substance.
A violation of either of these provisions in Old Bridge always results in an indictable criminal offense falling exclusively under jurisdiction of the Superior Court in New Brunswick. You can face a crime of the first degree, second degree, third degree or fourth degree under 2C:35-5 depending on the type and quantity of CDS you sold or possessed with intent to distribute. it is a first degree crime to distribute five ounces or more of cocaine, heroin methamphetamine or MDMA. The same is the case if you distributed or sold 100 milligrams or more of LSD or in excess of 25 pounds of marijuana. Distribution of at least one-half ounce but less than five ounces of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine or MDMA is a second degree crime, as is less than 100 milligrams of LSD or at least 5 pounds but less than 25 pounds of marijuana. Possession with intent to distribute less than one-half ounce of MDMA, cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine is a third degree crime. Distributing less than five pounds but at least an ounce of marijuana is a fourth degree crime and so is distribution of a Schedule V CDS.
Penalties for Distribution of CDS. Distribution of CDS results in 10-20 years in prison for a first degree crime, 5-10 years for a second degree crime, 3-5 years for a third degree crime and up to 18 months for a fourth degree crime. The standard fine under 2C:35-5 is $500,000 for a first degree ($300,000 for LSD & Marijuana), $150,000 for a second degree crime and $75,000 for a third degree crime ($25,000 for Marijuana & Schedule V CDS). All convictions for selling or possessing drugs with intent to distribute also carry a 6-24 month driver’s license suspension.
Old Bridge Drug Distribution Attorney
Drug distribution is a serious matter that carries the potential for years of imprisonment. You definitely need the services of an experienced New Brunswick Drug Distribution Defense Lawyer if you were arrested for selling CDS in Old Bridge. The county courthouse in New Brunswick is where your case will be heard and our attorneys are highly accustomed to defending cases in this venue. In fact, one of the lawyers on our staff was in charge of the street drugs unit of the prosecutor’s office. If you would like to speak to one of our lawyers immediately, contact us at your earliest convenience.
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