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South Amboy CDS Distribution Attorney
If you are arrested in South Amboy with a large quantity of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) or because you allegedly sold, distributed or possessed the drug with intent to distribute, you are facing a serious criminal offense under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5. This is the case whether the drug is marijuana, cocaine, LSD, MDMA (i.e. Ecstasy or Molly), Xanax or another drug. Hiring an attorney who is knowledgeable and skilled in defending CDS distribution charges is an absolute must if you have been charged in this manner. Indeed, failure to successfully defend the offense carries with it years in prison and collateral consequences that can effect you for the rest of your life.
The attorneys at our firm are savvy advocates with a long history of successfully defending drug distribute charges in Middlesex County, including those arising in South Amboy. In fact, one of our lawyers was the Director of the Gangs, Guns & Drugs Task Force in the county. To speak to a lawyer about the facts and circumstance that led to you charge and what we can do to help you avoid a distribution conviction, call (732) 634-0700. An attorney at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall is available for a free consultation 24/7.
Charged With Drug Distribution in South Amboy New Jersey
If you were arrested for distribution of a CDS or possession with the intent to distribute a CDS under N.J.S.A 2C:35-5, you can be charged with a first, second, third, or fourth-degree indictable offense, depending on type and quantity of the CDS involved. The headings below outline the penalties that you will face in the event that you are convicted of violating 2C:35-5.
- It is a fourth degree crime to distribute less than one once of marijuana, less than 5 grams of hashish, less than 5 dosage units of a prescription legend drug or a Schedule V CDS. A fourth degree indictable distribution offense exposes you to 18 months in a state prison and a fine of as much as $25,000.
- The biggest block of distribution charges under 2C:35-5 result in a third degree crime. This is the case for possession with intent to distribute, selling or distributing less than one-half ounce of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA/Ecstasy/Molly, a quantity of at least one ounce but less than five pounds of marijuana or at least five but less than one-hundred dosage units of Xanax, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Suboxone, Adderall, Percocet, Valium or another prescription legend drug. Third degree distribution carries up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $75,000 ($200,000 for prescription drugs and $25,000 for marijuana).
- A second degree crime arises when the CDS being sold is less than 100 milligrams of LSD, over 100 dosage units of a prescription drug, at least 5 pounds but less than 25 pounds of marijuana or at least one-half ounce but less than five ounces of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine or MDMA. Second degree distribution A second degree distribution of CDS results in a sentence that includes a fine of up to $150,000 and incarcerated of 5-10 years.
- It is a first degree crime to distribute or possess with intent to distribute more than 100 milligrams of LSD, over five ounces of methamphetamine, cocaine or heroin, or 25 pounds or more of marijuana. First degree distribution of CDS/drugs triggers a prison term of 10-20 years and a fine of up to $500,000.
Furthermore, certain drug charges expose you to a mandatory period of parole ineligibility. This means that you will have to complete a specific length of time behind bars before you will be eligible for parole. Complications such as these arise when the Brimage Guidelines apply, an individual is charged with distribution in a School Zone or Possession With Intent in a Public Park.
Defending a CDS Distribution Charge in South Amboy New Jersey
If the charge involves a mandatory prison sentence, our goal is to work with the prosecution to get the charges reduced. If that happens, it opens up the possibility for less severe penalties.
Our knowledge of the Middlesex County court system and familiarity with the judges, prosecutors, and other court personnel can be the deciding factor in the successful outcome of your case. As experienced criminal defense attorneys and former prosecutors, we have the knowledge, reputation, and skill to successfully defend any type of drug case that we come across.
Each distribution case if different and requires a unique approach that is specifically tailored to the particular circumstances of that case. To discuss the particulars of your South Amboy CDS distribution case, please feel free to give us call to speak with one of our knowledgeable drug distribution defense lawyers.
South Amboy NJ CDS Distribution Defense Lawyers
If you are facing a CDS distribution offense at the Middlesex County Superior Court in New Brunswick, the defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall are well suited to represent you. We have over 100 years of combined experience defending cocaine, marijuana, Xanax and other charges for distributing drugs in municipalities like South Amboy. For an immediate consultation with an attorney on our team free of charge, contact our Woodbride Office. Lawyers are available at (732) 634-0700 around the clock to address your concerns. A Lawyer is ready now to help you.