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New Brunswick Heroin Distribution Defense Attorneys
Selling heroin is an extremely dangerous activity because the consequences of distribution offense can be devastating. The penalties that may be imposed at the county courthouse in New Brunswick for selling, distributing and/or manufacturing heroin include years of incarceration and tens of thousands of dollars in fines. This is why it is imperative that you speak to the defense attorneys at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall if charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin. Our team includes Jason Seidman, an attorney who was the former supervisor of the gangs, guns and drugs task force of the Middlesex County Prosecutors Office, and several other former prosecutors who possess over a century of experience defending individuals on this charge in Perth Amboy, Woodbridge, South Plainfield, New Brunswick or another municipality. A lawyer who knows the court system, the players who need to be contacted and how to achieve results is available to assist you by calling our New Brunswick Office at 732-246-7126. Do not hesitate to contact us as initial consultations are free of charge.
Heroin Distribution Offense in Middlesex County
Heroin is a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance, meaning it is at the very top of the scale of drugs in terms of severity. The penalties for distributing heroin hinge on the weight of drugs involved. It is a first degree offense to possess with the intent to distribute five (5) or more ounces of heroin. If the sale(s) involves between one-half ounce but less than five (5) ounces, it is a second degree crime. Selling or distributing heroin is a third degree where the weight is less than one-half ounce. The penalties that you face if you plead guilty or otherwise convicted in New Brunswick of selling heroin in any of these quantities include:
First Degree Heroin
A person found guilty of first degree heroin distribution is subject to a fine of up to $500,000. The prison term is between 10 and 20 years as set by the court and a period of parole ineligibility always applies. The minimum term of incarceration without any possibility of parole must be set at between one-third and one-half of the sentence imposed.
A person found guilty of second degree distribution of heroin is subject to a fine of up to $150,000 and a prison term of five (5) to ten (10) years in prison.
A third degree crime for distributing heroin results in a fine of up to $75,000 and a range of incarceration of three (3) to five (5) years.
Enhanced Penalties: Distributing in a School Zone or Public Park
The law establishes harsher fines and jail when someone is convicted of selling heroin in an area that is deemed to need greater protection. To obtain more detailed information concerning these enhancements, you may consult our webpages on Distribution in a School Zone and Intent to Distribution in a Public Park.
Edison NJ Heroin Distribution Attorney
Edison is the most populated town in Middlesex County so it makes sense that individuals are arrested for dealing heroin on occasion in the municipality. It is important to keep in mind, however, that the filing of distribution charges is only the first step of a case. The burden is on the prosecutor to prove that you distributed heroin in Edison, Old Bridge, East Brunswick, Sayreville and Monroe. A savvy attorney like those at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall knows how to challenge the state appropriately to secure an acquittal or favorable plea bargain. To speak to one of the lawyers in our East Brunswick Office, call 732-227-1200.