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Sayreville NJ Cocaine Possession & Distribution Lawyers
Charged With Cocaine Offense in Sayreville
There are several factors which lead to so many individuals charged with possession of cocaine and distribution of the drug in the Borough of Sayreville each year. Having approximately 44,920 residents and spanning about 18.704 square miles definitely contributes to the number of cocaine offense cases. However, the presence of so many major roadways in Sayreville, including the Garden State Parkway, U.S. Route 9 and N.J. Route 35 are the biggest forces as far as the lawyers at Marshall Bonus Proetta & Oliver are concerned. There are countless motor vehicle stops along these and other Sayreville roadways, not to mention investigations by the Sayreville Police Department, which result in a disproportionately high number of individuals arrested for cocaine possession and distribution of cocaine. If you are facing a cocaine charge in Sayreville New Jersey, call the attorneys at our firm anytime 24/7 at 732-246-7126.
Cocaine Distribution Charge in Sayreville New Jersey
The most serious type of cocaine offense you can face in Sayreville is one involving allegations of selling, distributing or manufacturing in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5. The scenarios is even more extreme when these activities are alleged in a school zone or a public park and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7 or 2C:35-7.1 come into play. It is a first degree crime to sell or distribute more than five ounces of cocaine. It is a second degree crime if possession is with intent to distribute a quantity of at least a half ounce but less than five ounces. Distribution of less than a half ounce is a third degree crime. Jurisdiction to decide cocaine distribution cases falling within any of these grades falls outside the authority of the Sayreville Municipal Court since they are indictable crimes. The Middlesex County Superior Court has sole responsibility to decide felony charges such as these. If you are convicted of distributing or possessing cocaine with intent to distribute in Sayreville, you face a jail term of 10-20 years for a first degree, 5-10 years for a second degree and up to 5 years for a third degree.
Sayreville Cocaine Possession Offense
Possession of cocaine is a third degree crime in Sayreville under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10. This statute applies to situations where cocaine is possessed for personal use rather than with intent to distribute. A conviction for third degree possession of cocaine results in penalties that include up to 5 years in prison and a maximum fine of $35,000. You also face a driver’s license suspension of between 6-24 months at the time of sentencing for cocaine possession.
Sayreville NJ Cocaine Possession Defense Attorney
Cocaine possession is a felony criminal offense under New Jersey Law that can result in serious penalties. Failure to successfully defend the charge not only has these direct consequences but can also compromise your ability to secure employment and engage in other important endeavors in the future (e.g. become a citizen, obtain a professional license, etc.). You cannot afford to take a possession of cocaine offense lightly given these ramifications. The situations is even more pressing if you were arrested in Sayreville for cocaine distribution. This is good reason for you to contact an attorney at Marshall Bonus Proetta & Oliver immediately. The lawyers at our firm include several former prosecutors and Jason Seidman, former director of the gangs, guns and drugs task force in Middlesex County. To speak to Jason or another lawyer on our team immediately, call us at 732-246-7126.