Getting arrested for drug possession is a frustrating, stressful experience. You may not know what to do next or how to protect yourself from the harshest penalties.
At Clark & Clark, LLC, our experienced drug possession lawyers understand the anxiety caused by arrests like these, and we are ready to stand at your side and fight tirelessly for the best possible outcome to your case. For a free consultation, please call us at 844-204-2426.
Find out more about drug possession charges and how our attorneys can help:
- Drug Possession Charges in New Jersey
- Possession of Ecstasy
- Possession of Marijuana
- How Serious are Marijuana Charges in New Jersey
- How Our Attorneys Fight Your Marijuana Possession Charge
- Possession of Cocaine Charges
- Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute Charges
- Possession of Heroin Charges
- Prescription Drug Fraud Charges
- Resolving Your Case
- Contact Our Attorneys Today
Drug Possession Charges in New Jersey
Drug charges in New Jersey carry the potential for harsh penalties. The New Jersey Comprehensive Drug Reform Act passed in 1987 had the effect of stiffening the potential penalties facing people charged with drug possession. This Act also added many drugs to the existing list of controlled substances. In 1988, designer drugs such as ecstasy and ketamine were added to the list.
Although you may be worried about your life getting turned upside down, our experienced drug possession attorneys are here to guide you through the process of resolving your case. A drug possession charge should not define the rest of your life, and we will work to try to minimize the impact of your charges.
You may be facing disorderly persons charges, possession of a C.D.S. with intent to distribute charges, or felony charges. What type of drug you were in possession of, as well as the quantity, are factors that can influence the charges against you.
Jail time and fines are just a couple of the penalties you may be facing for drug possession charges. In addition, you may face the social stigma of your crime – you may feel rejected or judged by coworkers, friends and family. These social repercussions can be agonizing. We know how difficult these situations can be, and we are ready to stand at your side and vigorously defend all charges against you.
Possession of Ecstasy
The penalties for possession of a drug vary according to the type of drug and the amount of the drug in your possession. Possessing larger quantities of a drug can lead to charges of possession with intent to distribute. And, drugs, like Ecstasy, that have a high potential for abuse carry stiffer penalties.
Amount of Ecstasy Crime Degree Penalties:
- 1/2 ounce or less: 3rd Degree Crime, 3-5 years in prison, and up to $75,000 in fines
- Under 5 grams but more than 1/2 ounce: 2nd Degree Crime, 5-10 years in prison
- 5 ounces or more: 1st Degree Crime, 10-20 years in prison, and up to $500,000 in fines
If you are convicted of distribution of ecstasy, in addition to the above penalties, you will be ineligible for parole between a period one-third and one-half of the sentence. You may also be required to pay up to $500,000 in additional fines.
What Is Ecstasy?
Ecstasy is just one of many street names for the “club drug” 3,4 Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). Ecstasy is a man-made psychoactive drug with hallucinogenic and stimulant properties in the phenethylamine and amphetamine families.
MDMA was first synthesized in 1912 by Merck and was intended to help suppress bleeding. MDMA, “Ecstasy,” was legal in the U.S. until 1985 when it became classified as a Schedule I controlled substance. MDMA was briefly used as a treatment option in psychotherapy, particularly for people who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. In the 1980s, the drug became popular for “street” use resulting in many deaths, and an increase in drug-related crimes and gang activity.
Street names for MDMA include: Adam, Designer Drug, Disco Biscuits, Ecstasy, Hug Drug, the Love Drug, Rills, and XTC.
Possession of Marijuana
An arrest and criminal drug charges for marijuana possession can leave you feeling stressed and unsure of how to protect your rights. The criminal defense attorneys at Clark & Clark law firm have handled a multitude of marijuana possession cases and other types of drug cases, and we know how to evaluate your case for weaknesses in the charges against you. We will work tirelessly to obtain the best possible resolution to your situation, and to help you reduce the negative effects these charges have on your life and livelihood.
How Serious Are Marijuana Possession Charges in New Jersey?
Depending on the exact nature of your situation, the potential punishments for marijuana possession can be harsh. Additionally, there may be charges associated with simply possessing drug paraphernalia associated with marijuana and other drugs. As extensively experienced defense lawyers, we understand the charges against you and how the system works. We use all of our knowledge, experience and resources to minimize the impact these charges have on your life, and we pursue dismissed charges whenever possible.
Facing these charges head-on is what our attorneys do. Although you should take comfort in the fact that we are ready to handle your case skillfully, you should also know that there is the possibility of severe consequences if you are convicted:
- Possible felony conviction on your criminal record
- Possible exclusion from certain types employment
- Possible dismissal from your current job
- Jail time
If you were in possession of a certain amount of marijuana, you may also be charged with distribution-related crimes, regardless of whether that was your intention.
How Our Attorneys Fight Your Marijuana Possession Charge
The lawyers at Clark & Clark know how criminal drug charges are brought and prosecuted. As former prosecutors, Charles Clark and Ryan Clark understand the proof problems the prosecution is confronted with and what information they want to convict you. Our knowledge of these processes means we have insight into how to move your case in the direction we want. We also know how the police investigate and handle these crimes, as well as what mistakes they commonly make. This type of information is invaluable in determining the weaknesses in the case against you. We challenge all of the evidence against you and look at the following things that may be a key aspect of your defense:
- Illegal search and seizure: If the police searched your car, home or person when they found marijuana, our lawyers can determine whether your constitutional rights were violated
- Improper police conduct and procedures: We have the experience necessary to challenge improper police conduct, oftentimes regarding police informants, undercover officers and procedures involved in your arrest
- Other options in your case: Having handled numerous drug possession cases over the years, our lawyers know how to build an effective strategy to get the best possible results on your behalf
We do not let the criminal system define you. You deserve to have your real character portrayed in your case, not just the story that paints you as a common criminal. Our lawyers proactively work to defend you against harsh, life-altering punishments.
Possession of Cocaine Charges
Possession of Cocaine, technically referred to as Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS), is a Third Degree felony in the State of New Jersey. A person charged with Possession of cocaine (CDS) may face up to five (5) years in New Jersey State Prison although there is a presumption of non-incarceration for first time offenders.
Most defendants’ possession of cocaine charges in New Jersey arise as a result of a police initiated search of their person, car or home. Unlike many other lawyers, we have analyzed police conduct on a daily basis for years and immediately know whether or not your Constitutional Right to be free from illegal searches and seizures has been violated. If the Police acted inappropriately, we do not hesitate to file a motion to suppress the evidence and seek to have the case dismissed.
Even if it is your first offense, you need an experienced lawyer to minimize the impact a conviction could have on your future. Possession of Cocaine (CDS) is a felony drug charge that may result in a permanent criminal record. Cocaine possession convictions could exclude you from certain types of employment and could even impact your current job. If we cannot obtain an immediate dismissal, we may still be able to get you into a Pre-trial Intervention Program (PTI). PTI is a diversionary program that allows you to put your case on hold for a short period of time. Completion of PTI (usually a 1 year program) results in a dismissal of your charges at the end of the PTI term.
Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute Charges
Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine or Distribution of Cocaine are potentially serious criminal offenses in New Jersey and often times carry mandatory jail sentences. The penalties vary greatly depending on the weight of the drugs involved, the area in which the arrest was made (i.e. on school property or in a public park), and whether or not an accused has a prior distribution or possession with intent to distribute conviction.
Whether you have been charged with Possession with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Distribution of Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine or Distribution of Cocaine within 1,000 feet of school property or Distribution of Cocaine within 500 feet of a public park, our lawyers have the training, and experience to scrutinize the police investigation and exploit any mistakes that the police may have made in gathering evidence, failing to gather evidence or in violating the rights of the accused.
Many cocaine distribution charges in New Jersey arise as a result of a police initiated search of an accuseds’ person, car or home. Unlike may other lawyers, we have analyzed police conduct on a daily basis for years and argued hundreds of motions to suppress the evidence. Our attorneys immediately know whether or not your Constitutional Right to be free from illegal searches and seizures has been violated. If the Police acted inappropriately, we do not hesitate to file a motion to suppress the evidence and seek to have the case dismissed.
Possession of Heroin Charges
Possession of Heroin, technically referred to as Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS), is a Third Degree felony in the State of New Jersey. A person charged with Possession of Heroin (CDS) may face up to five (5) years in New Jersey State Prison, although there is a presumption of non-incarceration for first time offenders. Our attorneys will work to show if you were illegally searched and get your charges removed. Or, we will work to get your sentence reduced should be charged.
Prescription Drug Fraud Charges
It happens too often. People on legal prescription drugs run out of medications and can’t get their doctor to refill the prescription. They become addicted to their legally prescribed pain medication. The horrors of addiction lead to stolen prescription blanks and unauthorized attainment of medication.
You may be relieved to learn that prosecutors don’t really want to see a person go to jail for a drug crime that stems from an addiction to prescription drugs. You need to get treatment for your addiction, not sit behind bars. Counties typically have treatment and counseling programs available to help you beat your addiction and avoid a criminal conviction upon successful completion. We know the programs and we work hard with the courts to help you in every way possible.
Resolving Your Case So You Can Put Drug Possession Charges Behind You
We immediately begin building a defense on your behalf. The approach to each case is unique because your circumstances are unique, but all of our clients receive a proactive defense strategy that includes demonstrating you are a person, not a criminal, and that you do not deserve drastic and harsh punishments.
The experienced drug crimes lawyers at Clark & Clark can handle these types of claims and virtually all others. With extensive skills in the courtroom and experience as former state prosecutors, we know how to build a strategic, aggressive defense on your behalf. We know how prosecutors operate, and we use our many years of knowledge and experience to proactively defend you and obtain the best possible outcome in your case.
Contact Our Attorneys Today
If you are searching for an experienced, skilled criminal defense attorney to handle the drug possession charges against you by working for the best possible outcome to your case, please call Clark & Clark, LLC, at 844-204-2426 to learn more about our attorneys and to schedule a free consultation. We are proud to serve clients in Essex, Hudson, Monmouth County, and other areas that are near Jersey City, New Jersey.