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New Brunswick NJ Methamphetamine Possession With Intent Lawyers
If you were arrested for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (“meth”) in Woodbridge, New Brunswick, East Brunswick, or anywhere else in Middlesex County, you will be facing felony drug charges that carry severe penalties. In this regard, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5 makes it unlawful for a person to knowingly or purposely manufacture, distribute, dispense, or possess methamphetamine with the intent to distribute or dispense it. The penalties a person faces for selling or distributing methamphetamine depends on the amount the drugs, by weight, that are involved. Irrespective, distribution of methamphetamine is always a felony criminal offense of the first degree, second degree or third degree. The summary that follows contains information that you probably want to know if you or a loved one was indicted or otherwise charged with distributing methamphetamine. An attorney at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall is ready to answer more detailed questions or to discuss what would be involved in representing you by contacting our New Brunswick Office at 732-246-7126. The lawyers on our staff possess over a century of experience defending CDS distribution case at the Superior Court in New Brunswick. Call us for a free initial consultation anytime 24/7.
Methamphetamine Distribution Offense in Middlesex County
In order for the state to prove distribution or possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, it must show that: (1) you possessed methamphetamine; (2) the meth was manufactured, dispensed or distributed by you; and (3) that your conduct was knowing and purposeful. Possession can be in the form of actual or constructive. Actual possession exists where the defendant has physical custody, control or contact with the methamphetamine. Constructive possession results where, although the defendant does not have physical possession, he or she has knowledge of the existence of the methamphetamine and the intention to control it.
Grade of this Offense. As stated, the penalties that an individual is subject to for selling or distributing methamphetamine hinge on the grade of crime charged. Grading of meth distribution charges, which is determined by weight, is as follows:
- First Degree: a quantity of five (5) ounces or more of methamphetamine is a first degree crime.
- Second Degree: a quantity of one-half (1/2) ounce but less than five (5) ounces is a second degree crime.
- Third Degree: a quantity of less than one-half (1/2) ounce is a third degree crime.
Penalties for Selling or Distributing Methamphetamine. A conviction for a first degree crime methamphetamine distribution carries a prison term of ten (10) to twenty (20) years and a fine of up to $300,000. Distributing methamphetamine in the second degree results in prison of five (5) to ten (10) year and a fine of up to $150,000. Manufacturing or selling meth in the third degree triggers a prison term of up to five (5) years and a maximum fine of $75,000.
Possession of Precursors of Methamphetamine. In accordance with N.J.S.A. 2C:35-28, New Jersey has rendered it illegal to possess certain ingredients used to manufacture meth. The constituents that are unlawful to possess and the combinations thereof are set forth in 2C:35-28. If an individual possesses these chemicals with the intent to manufacturer methamphetamine, it is a second degree crime.
New Brunswick NJ Methamphetamine Distribution Attorney
Since a methamphetamine distribution offense is always indictable in nature, your case will not be heard in Old Bridge, Sayreville, Piscataway, Edison, Perth Amboy or another local municipal court. It must be handled in New Brunswick at the county courthouse. An attorney with many years of experience handling cases in this venue is available for free consultations around the clock. One of our lawyers will be more than happy to fully discuss the facts surrounding your arrest and to devise a plan that will provide you with every opportunity to escape a conviction and/or penalties. Give our Woodbridge Office or East Brunswick Office for immediate assistance.
If you were charged with distributing or selling methamphetamine in New Brunswick, Edison, Sayreville, Woodbridge, Piscataway, Old Bridge, Perth Amboy, Plainsboro, North Brunswick, East Brunswick or another municipality in Middlesex County, call the defense lawyers at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall for an immediate free consultation.