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Woodbridge NJ Cocaine Distribution Lawyers
If you were arrested on allegations of distribution or possession with intent to distribute cocaine in Woodbridge or anywhere in Middlesex County, you need to take this charge seriously. The penalties for distributing cocaine include the possibility of many years in prison and other life altering ramifications. The situation is even more extreme if your cocaine distribution offense involves selling drugs in a school zone. What we can tell you, however, is that our lawyers have an excellent record of success in defending cocaine distribution charges at the Superior Court in New Brunswick. We have over 100 years of combined experience and thousands of cases under our belts which provide us with tools that few can parallel. Our team even includes Jason Seidman, Esq., the former supervisor of the gangs, guns and drugs task force of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, the agency that well be prosecuting your possession with intent to distribution offense. Our firm, The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, defends cocaine distribution charges throughout Middlesex County including in Piscataway, East Brunswick, Sayreville, Carteret, South Plainfield and Old Bridge. Attorneys are available 24/7 for free consultation in our Woodbridge Office at 732-634-0700.
What The Prosecutor Needs To Prove In Order To Convict You Of Cocaine Distribution
A charge for distribution of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance like cocaine arises out of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5. This statute makes it a crime to manufacture, distribute or possess cocaine with an intent to distribute the drug. The prosecutor has to prove three elements in order to convict you for violating this law. The first thing that must be established is that the substance is cocaine. Second, the prosecutor must prove that you manufactured, distributed or possessed the cocaine with the intention of distributing it. The third and final proof is that the conduct was knowing or purposeful. If the state can prove each of these elements beyond reasonable doubt, the defendant is subject to the penalties set forth in 2C:35-5.
Understanding the Penalties If You Are Convicted
The penalties for violating this statute depend on the amount of cocaine being distributed. Distribution of less than one-half ounce is a third degree crime. Distributing or possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute in a quantity of at least one-half ounce but less than five ounces is a second degree crime. Distribution of more than five ounces is a first degree crime. The penalties that apply for each grade are set forth in the table below.
|Penalty||First Degree||Second Degree||Third Degree|
|Prison Term||Up to 5 Years||5-10 Years||10-20 Years|
Piscataway Intent to Distribute Attorney
Cocaine is a drug that arises in Piscataway with the most notable case involving a veteran police officer who stole a large quantity resulting in his incarceration. While this is a unique scenario, the incident reinforces the fact that there is a demand for the substance throughout the region including in New Brunswick, Metuchen, South Amboy, Edison and Sayreville. Law enforcement is sensitive to this issue and aggressively pursues those who sell this form of CDS. You need to secure representation from an attorney who is going to put similar efforts into your acquittal. The possession with intent to distribute lawyers at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall are prepared to undertake what is necessary to insure you have the best opportunity for a favorable outcome. To speak to a lawyer on our team immediately, contact our office in Piscataway now.