Contact Our Mays Landing Office To Speak To Former Prosecutors In Charge Of The Drug Task Force & Major Crimes Bureau About Your Atlantic County Offense For Distributing Cocaine, LSD, Heroin, Marijuana Or Other CDS
New Jersey law treats possession of a controlled dangerous substance (“CDS”) with the intent to distribute as a very serious crime. Under N.J.S.A. § 2C:35-5 prohibits distributing or selling drugs such as marijuana, heroin, or cocaine. Distribution of various prescription drugs is also prohibited under N.J.S.A. § 2C:35-10.5. The penalties that you will face at the Atlantic County Superior Court in Mays Landing if convicted of distributing or possession with intent to distribute are particularly harsh so selecting the right lawyer to defend you is pivotal. The offense can result in a first-degree crime, second-degree crime or third-degree crime depending on the quantity of drugs being distributed. Irrespective, a defendant charged with distribution of CDS may be sentenced to years in state prison and thousands in fines. Penalties become even worse if distribution/intent to distribute occurs within 500 feet of a public park or in a school zone or within 1,000 feet of school property. Stakes that are as extreme as these make it imperative for someone arrested for violating this law to retain the very best attorney they can identify.
We are the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, a powerhouse Atlantic County criminal defense firm with exceptional qualifications for defending your distribution offense arising in Hamilton, Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic City, Galloway or another local municipality. Most of our attorneys are former prosecutors who have served in high-level positions such as Director of the Drug Task Force and Major Crime Bureau. The team also happens to possess over 150 years in combined experience to utilize in the defense of your CDS distribution case. To speak to an attorney with the know-how to successfully defend your drug/cds case, contact our Mays Landing Office at (609) 616-0020. Initial consultations with our lawyers are free so do not hesitate to give us a call.
Charged With Distribution of CDS in Atlantic County Including Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Heroin, Cocaine & Prescription Drugs
New Jersey law treats most drugs the same under N.J.S.A. § 2C:35-5, except that different grading and thus different penalties apply for distributing less than one ounce of marijuana, which is considered a fourth-degree offense. An arrest for distributing most other controlled dangerous substances will result in third degree charges if less than one-half ounce of the substance is at issue, second degree charges if an amount at least one-half ounces but less than 5 ounces is at issue, and first degree charges for allegations of distributing 5 ounces or more of a CDS. Potential penalties for the offense of distributing a CDS include fines of up to $10,000 and jail time of up to 18 months for a fourth-degree offense, fines of up to $15,000 and jail time of up to 5 years for a third degree offense, fines of $150,000 and jail time of up to 10 years for a second degree offense, and fines of up to $200,000 and jail time of up to 20 years for first degree charges. Furthermore, these potential jail sentences are made particularly harsh by the mandatory minimum requirements, which state that any offender convicted of distributing drugs must serve at least one-third to one-half of the sentence handed down by the judge before becoming eligible for parole or early release. Because these potential penalties are particularly harsh if you are facing charges for distribution of drugs it is imperative that you contact us as early as possible in your case. Putting our experience and knowledge to work for you, we can often avoid an escalation in charges, have your charges decreased, or even get your case dismissed entirely, in order to help you reach the best possible outcome.
Mays Landing Drug Distribution Attorneys
Due to the likelihood of mandatory minimum jail sentences and the complexity of the legal landscape in this type of case, it is crucial to retain a knowledgeable attorney with extensive experience defending drug distribution matters in order to ensure that you will be able to successfully minimize the impact of these serious charges on your life. At the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, our seasoned attorneys have been successfully advocating on behalf of clients in distribution matters for decades, and have handled matters as serious as defending clients facing charges for running drug trafficking networks. Our criminal defense team handles matters in Mullica, Atlantic City, Egg Harbor City, Northfield, Hamilton Township, and throughout Atlantic County. Charges for these offenses carry particularly harsh potential penalties since the state of New Jersey targets alleged drug distributors in an effort to cut down on the amount and availability of controlled dangerous substances in the state, making it extremely important to work with an experienced attorney in this type of case. Many of the attorneys on our powerful legal defense team have carefully honed their skills by working as prosecutors in the past, in over 25 municipalities throughout New Jersey. This invaluable experience provides our legal defense team with a thorough knowledge of legal landscape that you will face over the course of defending your case. With this powerful combination of knowledge and experience, we are often able to have charges reduced, or even dismissed.
Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation
If you have been arrested or charged with distribution of drugs in Atlantic County, please call us for a free consultation. Our powerful legal defense team will carefully review your case and provide expert insight on the best approach for your case and how we can help. Call us at 1-877-450-8301 any time, or email us, for a free consultation.
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